2019 Yearnotes

At the beginning of 2019 I said I wanted to see more places in the US, make more friends and learn to make more cocktails. Tick, tick, and tick.

Fun time

This year I became more willing to spend a bit more on knitting and sewing materials. If I’m only going to knit one jumper a year then I may as well really enjoy it.

I knitted this

I knitted this

I stopped getting hung up on the number of books I read. I still keep track of what I’ve read, but have no goals. I read for pleasure — although you might not guess that given I mostly read management and business books.

I kept going to the dance class I joined in 2018, despite still not being very good at dancing or following choreography. I enjoy at least trying to express myself with movement.

When I found out that a new gym near where I live has only gender-neutral bathrooms and changing rooms I immediately cancelled my other gym membership. Bye!

I’m still working with a voice coach. We’re moving onto integrating some of the techniques into regular speech, to find a voice that sounds more masculine but still like me.

Since July I have been learning to drive a car. I know, what the hell has possessed me? I live in a city and I don’t need this skill. But listen, one day I want to drive a convertible on Pacific Highway 1. I have simple dreams.

On 20 January I started writing weeknotes because I was inspired by Alice, and I needed to do something to get me into confident, creative mood. I think I will continue, not for any real reason. It’s just a bit of fun.

Game of the year was Untitled Goose Game. Best TV shows: Watchmen, Succession, The Morning Show.

San Francisco, LA, New York

For our summer holiday my partner and I went to San Francisco and LA. It was nice spending a few days in one place, hanging out with our SF friends, and then doing a gentle drive to LA. On the way there we went to the Mojave desert and looked at some good rocks. In Pasadena we went on a hot date at a vegan restaurant, and I bought a cardigan quantity of yarn.

A massive waffle at cafe St. Jorge in SF

A massive waffle at cafe St. Jorge in SF

Red Rock Canyon State Park, where Cater 2 U by Destiny’s Child was filmed

Red Rock Canyon State Park, where Cater 2 U by Destiny’s Child was filmed

In autumn I surprised my partner with a trip to New York City. We stayed in a fancy hotel in Manhattan, ate the most amazing food, and drank so much great coffee. I love New York.

Manhattan seen from Brooklyn Bridge

Manhattan seen from Brooklyn Bridge

Work

In April I left IF and a few weeks later joined Bulb as a Lead Designer. Literally in the first week something I designed got shipped and reached more people than all of my previous work combined. Together with the other lead, Rob Penny, we reworked the designer job ads, tweaked the hiring process, built a team, wrote a career progression framework, and all of that alongside doing day to day design work. This is my first perm role at a product company, and it’s exactly the right balance of fun and demanding. No two days are the same.

Later in the year I spoke at UX Brighton about building psychological safety in teams, marking my return to public speaking after a bit of a break.

Photo: © UX Brighton

Photo: © UX Brighton

2020

This year I want to:

— cook more nice food
— find a good workout / cooking / hobbies / friends routine again