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Turning 22

July 9th, 2019


I can’t help but to reflect on simply how far ago one year feels right now. A year ago I was at Nick's house releasing an app that took us a year to make to the public, I was surrounded by everyone that I felt close to as we had no idea what the effects of the release of something we had worked on so hard was going to create.

But that was a year ago, and a lot has happened since then. For one we stopped working on our startup for a variety of reasons, but for me it’s that I felt like on a both a technical and personal level we all still had a lot of growing to do. I’m still extremely proud we shipped, and of the bond that was created behind growing something from nothing.

Professionally since then I was the youngest hire in a public company, and I’m currently working in Tampa as an intern at a company called Knack. I’ve grown to find niches of development that interest me, have deeper fundamental knowledge because of the patience of many of those that have worked with me, and have even started to develop some opinions of my own.

Personally, it’s been a rough year. The beginning months of this year I had multiple events that put me into an extremely depressive state, causing me to lose an unhealthy amount of weight. I fought hard to retain some sense of normality, but it never came, I simply had to be okay with the effects and my “new” normal. It’s okay and I am okay.

Recently I’ve been feeling like myself again. A consistent flow of ideation and creative exploration has helped me gain momentum on exploring new projects and I have a lot more confidence in my technical ability (yet theres still so much to learn). I’ve also had the luck of consistently being surrounded by a group of people of who I can continually count on.

Some Highlights Of The Past Year:

I (sometimes) make videos of my travels in a vlog style format, Nina wanted me to make this one public, but this is a memoir of that trip:

Trip to Colorado

I went to Atlanta to see one of my favorite artists, Jon Bellion, with two of my best friends:

Atlanta, A Random Escape

Nina and I continue to love to explore botanical gardens everywhere we go: 1ded4209-8719-4d3e-a48e-6684e036c85e

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Things to look out for:

  • A monthly newsletter that dives deep into a technical topic called Notable. Possibly going to try to make accompanying YouTube videos for those deep dives.
  • A product? (Cool things are happening)

As always, thank you for reading!