January 01, 2017

2016 coming to an end - looking forward to 2017

2016 - an odd year, here is to 2017

Two highlights 2016 for me has certainly been Brittany in May (something I never wrote about here) and California for Google I/O, also in May. 

I love France and I really enjoy going there, enjoy  the food, the people, the atmosphere - and that I went for a friend's birthday, together with a bunch of other friends while I also had time to have "alone time" - that made it even better. 

Google I/O was fantastic too, I learnt a lot and met a lot of inspiring people. I really enjoy California, I only wish that I had had more time to actually see and do more things, meet up with more friends and revisit many of the places I have been to before - I have spent a lot of time in California over the years, mainly because I have many friends there - that's what happens when you hang out with a lot of like minded techies. Coming back to Santa Cruz was fantastic - just next time I need to plan better and have more time (it was a last minute decision to go)

Other than that, this year has been an odd year, and I think and know many agree with me on that - and I am not thinking about the popstars and actors that passed away, no matter how sad. 

It's also been a year of far less travel than I am used to and prefer - although the many great trips to Berlin have been really interesting. I have also spent a lot of time on my own this year - I like being alone, as long as I am not lonely, but 2017 will be the year when I reclaim my social life. It is important to have a mix. 

While it's been a year of  lot of work, trainings, seminars, 

For 2017 I promise myself to travel more, do more of the things I like. Laugh more often, dance more often and not be depending on other people - I can only take responsibility for my own happiness and I am responsible for making sure that I keep on challenging myself, keep on growing as a person. 

Change is good, change is great, as long as you do the change for you and as long as you feel that you take part of the change - and that is my New Year promise to myself. 

I hope more people will do the same. 

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