Like last year, 2021 has been quite the year. Despite the pandemic, I stayed healthy and managed to have a pretty good year.
- gave 4 talks - trained consistently (3 HIIT sessions/week) - big impacts at work: got E2E testing in place, resuscitated Gitpod in time for Hacktoberfest for Forem, mentored/paired - streamed + live-coded a tonne on Twitch with amazing guests + community members - explored web3
I gave four talks. Were these conference talks? Most were lunch and learns, but I also had a Hacktoberfest talk.
The first talk of the year was for The Collab Lab. I went over what Storybook is and how you can use it in your application. I even did a live coding session demonstrating its use in one of The Collab Lab cohort's projects.
Here's the accompanying slide deck and blog post for the talk.
Next up was another lunch and learn for Virtual Coffee, "Getting Started with Streaming on Twitch". Many folks were interested in streaming and learning in public, so I shared what I had learnt after one year of streaming on Twitch.
Here's the accompanying slide deck and blog post for the talk. Check out the blog post, as there was stuff I didn't have time to mention or forgot.
2021 was the year of podcasts for me. Before 2021, I had never been a guest on a podcast.
Virtual Coffee is my favourite community, and I had the privilege of being the first guest on their podcast. It was awesome chilling with my friends Bekah and Dan. Check out season 1, episode 1 with me!
Later on in the year, I got to hang with my co-worker Ben Halpern, Jonathan Carter, principal program manager at Microsoft, and Cassidy Williams, Director of Developer Experience at Netlify.
Since gyms are closed, I built a garage gym. It's not huge, but it lets me put in the work.
I trained consistently this year, typically 3 one hour HIIT sessions/week. Not only did this keep me sane, it just all around made me feel better. Since I train at 7 am, it's also a great way to start the day feeling energized and having a clear head.
I'm still not where I want to be, but it feels great to be working out consistently again, as year one of the pandemic derailed my training. Also, after performing thousands of lunges this year and all kinds of single limb training, my body is snowboard-ready. 🏂🏻
I rebuilt my backyard rink. It's a little wider this year and twice as tall. I ran into issues mid-winter last year where the ice ended up being at the same height as the walls. I had to use scraps of wood; I had to make it taller along with snow and ice. It worked but making it twice as tall this year will avoid all that.