✨2016 year in review + 2017 resolutions _ una kravets online✨

For the past two years I’ve been reviewing my personal goals, setting new ones, and taking a look back on the year. Amsterdam easyjet A lot has happened this year for sure. Amsterdam red light district map I started a new job, was a digital nomad for a while (traveled a ton), moved cities (Austin to NYC), embarked on new ventures and met a ton of great people in the process.


I started this 2016 year-in-review kind-of being bummed out that I didn’t accomplish as much this year as last year, but as I compiled everything, I realized how much I actually had done. Amsterdam ziggo dome That’s why I do these reviews. Amsterdam 14 day forecast They’re a way to look back on the year and recognize accomplishments and setbacks (and then evaluate those and make new goals for the coming year). Amsterdam sex museum 2016 in Review Dev Things

While I didn’t launch as many projects last year as I did the year before, I did put a significant amount of effort and contribution to a few projects I started last year, including:

In addition to speaking with new people the podcast (we had guests this year!) I spoke on a few other podcasts and did some interviews for blogs. Amsterdams garden These are the highlights:

I also spoke at 9 conferences (way fewer than last year!), and they were all really great 😊 This year I gave talks in San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Zurich, Freiburg, Bucharest, Perth and Berlin, focusing on CSS filters/blend modes in UI and image optimization for more performant interfaces. Amsterdam to london I even got an entire room of people to wear 3D glasses while I showed some 3D CSS image effects. Amsterdam n y weather Next year’s schedule is starting to fill up with some conferences I’m excited about too 🙂

I wrote 14 blog posts this year, which is also much fewer than 2015, but I got to write for A List Apart, Smashing Magazine, and the DigitalOcean Blog this year. Amsterdams news The blog post topics were very wide ranging: everything from the product I was working on at work, to experimenting with blend mode performance, to rethinking responsive design and SVG snafus. Amsterdams climate I learned that I need to give myself challenges to be able to write a lot. Amsterdam hotels cheap For example, I did a 3×3 challenge this year (3 blogs about 3 different things with 3 points each), that I really enjoyed. N h amsterdam Maybe I’ll push myself to do more similar things next year. Amsterdam river Recognition

I was in a real, live, printed magazine ( Net Magazine) twice this year! Once for CSSgram and once to highlight my remote workspace (aka secretly the other side of my bedroom in Austin, TX). Amsterdam alcohol My Mom was so proud!

I also made Rachel Andrew’s list of Women in CSS, another list of Programmers to Follow on Facebook, a list of 60 Web Performance Experts to Follow, and Toolsday made it on not one, but two lists of 15 Web Design Podcasts to Listen to this Year. Amsterdam country Thank you all for taking a moment to recognize the work we’ve been doing. Amsterdam apartments It means a lot 💕 Life Things

I got to travel to some really awesome new places and had some incredible extended adventures while working remotely at night and adventuring during the day. Amsterdam imagine dragons I visited Romania, Portugal, and Argentina for the first time, bringing my country count to 30. Amsterdam weather in june According to my TripIt data, I traveled 125,076 miles to 32 cities and 11 countries. Amsterdam map I traveled 117 days out of the year. Amsterdam windmills That’s almost 1/3 of the year. Amsterdam family practice Jeez.

If I were to grade myself on how I did on this year’s goals, I’d give myself a B-. Amsterdams accent I could have done better. Amsterdam canals I think my priorities shifted a bit when I had a more active personal life so some of the other things (i.e. Joods historisch museum amsterdam focusing on JavaScript and working out more got replaced with watching movies in blanket forts and eating cheese plates).

I’ve had a very introspective holiday season, which left me thinking: what have I done with my life so far, and now that I have a voice in a small community, what more can I do? How can I break out and make an impact? I want to leave something, build something people care about, and I’m still figuring out exactly what that means.

This seems to be a continuously looming goal. Amsterdam weather I want to be able to build and deploy more advanced applications, not just fiddle with DOM JavaScript. Amsterdam express Well, when goals are too broad, they sometimes don’t get accomplished, so this year I’m going to break it down into 2 sub-tasks. Amsterdam 7s I want to A) Take a class or workshop in an advanced JS topic, and B) Build an offline webapp called Hieroglyph that I’ve been meaning to build for 3 years now ☕️

Educate people as I learn. Amsterdam hall gwu I’ve been thinking about my strengths as a human. Amsterdam pass I think I’m pretty solid, but not the best developer that I know by far. Amsterdam is in what country What makes me unique is that I’m a creative and effective communicator in a technical field. Amsterdam express full movie I want to continue writing and teaching as I learn, writing blog posts or making illustrations that might help others understand 📚

I think I lost my spirit of experimenting somewhere toward the middle of this year when people started taking me more seriously and expecting more quality content. Amsterdam river cruises I started focusing on the practical side of everything, which is fine, but it’s easy to forget the joy of experimenting and how much we can learn from it. Amsterdam zuid I want to build and publish little experimental or artistic projects here and there more next year 🎨

I’ve always wanted to publish a book, and leave something tangible for the development community. Amsterdam marriott I want this to be the book I wish I had when entering this field. Amsterdam 1666 While a book is a lengthy process, there are a lot of ideas brewing in my head, so watch out for 2017 😎

This is more concrete than last year’s failed goal to “prioritize on health.” I want to start running again. Amsterdam queens day I used to love running but haven’t really been doing it any more. Amsterdam restaurants Keeping a daily run streak (1+ mile per day) is an exciting challenge. Amsterdam zuidoost Also, I have a bridesmaids dress I ordered for early summer that’s too small and I need to fit into 😅

So that’s it. Amsterdam weather forecast I like the idea of having 5 goals and a mantra for the year. Amsterdam google maps Check back next year to see how I did, or follow my progress on my open source goals repo (which will be updated with these goals in a week). Amsterdam last minute Also, feel free to open AMA questions or send a tweet!