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I look forward to writing this post every year. Spending time thinking about the year that was, two days before the birthday and writing down my thoughts. > Not everything is great all the time. And this held true for me this year. Not everything was great, but the bad outweighed the good and I hope that trend continues.

I had mentioned this in my birthday post last year and I happy that the trend continued. The good did outweigh the bad.

I spent two weeks this year being very sad about losing a good friend. Sunil you will be missed.

Work If I had to give this year a theme, it would be this.

“The year of learning”.

I spent a major part of this year learning React, React Native, getting better at writing API using PHP and Rails, learning how animations worked in javascript, getting better at making apps run on devices with low specs and getting better at project communication.

I also did end up crying due to work this year. Not because there was too much stress, but because I thought after so many years I would be able to figure code out easily and when I was unable to figure out what was causing the app to not work even after a month, I started to question everything.

Made me realise the importance of patience when learning something new.

I have become much better at React and React Native and will be shipping out a few apps early next year.

Tools I spent the most time with this year: React, React Native, Node, Rails, Angular, Laravel, Heroku, MySQL and Redis.

Personal Be in touch with close friends has always been a goal I have tried to maintain. This year though was not that good for this goal. As everyone got busy with their work/family life, I had trouble getting hold of most of them 🙁

Getting to spend time with my niece is something I really thankful for. Its been a great to see her grow up, attend dance lessons, go to school, make friends.

Fitness was a priority this year, and I am happy that I got to exercise regularly. Still not as fit as I would like to be, but I am getting there.

Travel I spent a month coworking in Bali this year, and that was a highlight. I had wanted to take such a trip since long, and the experience was great.

Travelling alone around Malaysia was also a highlight this year. As I get more comfortable walking up to strangers and talking to them, solo trips have slowly started to be not as dull as they were seven years ago.

Few others places I visited this year: Goa(twice) Bali Nasik Bangalore Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary Malaysia Chikmagalur Assam Meghalaya

I spent the first ten days of December travelling around Assam and Meghalaya with a few friends, and it was great. Road trips with close friends are the best.

Next Year

Goals for 2018: Continue learning new languages/tools. Move/stay in another country for some time. Exercise and swim more often. Write at least eight blog posts every month. Launch and maintain one web app and one mobile app. Travel to at least four new countries. Make time to date someone seriously(this did not workout well this year) Spend more time with family and friends.

Hope you all have a great 2018.

Sunil Shenoy @sunil
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