New Year, New Me... Maybe..

Hello all!

Happy New Year!

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

Pfeiffer Beach, Big Sur, California

In June of 2016, I officially graduated from Drexel University and relocated to Silicon Valley to begin my career in software development. I currently work in Santa Cruz at a company called Looker. Looker is an analytics tool that brings data and business teams together by making it easy for everyone to explore and understand the data that drives business. You will definitely hear more about Looker in my future posts, especially since it is quite an exciting time; Looker is growing rapidly.

I have always been a big fan of new years resolutions -- I think it's a great time to consolidate and focus on some core areas to improve on each year. This year is no different. 

One of my goals this year is to write more. I have always written in my personal journals, a ritual that I do (almost) every night to keep track of tasks. I use my journal to analyze my feelings, log what I have done, and reflect on what happened during the day. One reason why I want to blog more is to improve my writing skills. I honestly think I have pretty bad writing, something my girlfriend is trying to help me out with! Another reason is that I just want to. As a result of my own desire to want to write, I think these blog posts will be less forced and come more from the heart. As a result of this desire to write more, I am going to try to publish a blog post every two weeks

I came up with a list of things I plan to write about. In no particular order, here is what I have in mind:

  1. Career and work
    1. Making an impact in the company you work for

      I intend to discuss with my manager and mentors on defining what "impact" is and how one can make an impact in an organization; perhaps I will provide some personal thoughts and insight on what worked for me as well.
    2. Finding your career goals

      What does this mean? I don't really know yet, but it will be interesting to see what exploration will come out of this piece.
    3. Finding your passion

      What is passion? Is it possible to combine your career with your passion?
    4. Finding the right company to embark in your career

      How should you choose the company you work for (given the choice?). Is it even possible to find a company that has your interests at heart? 
    5. Tips on networking

      How do you meet and connect with the people you admire? 
    6. Building good company culture

      One of the invisible (and often overlooked factors) factors of a good company is culture. What is good company culture? Is it as simple as having ping pong tables and free food? Not quite. I want to explore this topic by using the company I work for as an example of incredible company culture that radiates to the customers. I plan to interview with various people within Looker including the CEO Frank Bien and Founder Lloyd Tabb on what makes Looker Looker. 
  2. Travel
    1. Travel hacks

      This will document some of the tips and tricks I use to get lower rates at hotels, cheaper car rentals, better rooms, and more.
    2. Travel diaries

      One of my other goals in 2017 is to travel more, and I am excited to document these trips as travel diaries.
    3. Why travel? Thoughts and lessons on traveling

      Traveling is more than sightseeing. Traveling allows you to learn more about different cultures, teach you lessons on life, think differently, and feel different things. I am looking to explore the things I have learned through my travels.
  3. Investing and wealth management

    This is probably the topic I have the least experience in; I'm just a new grad.

    However, it (evidently) appears that this is the best time to explore options in investments and managing one's wealth. Lessons will come from various online sources as well as talking to people that have more experience in this area.

    I will try to do research on everything from 401K retirement funds, exchanged-traded funds (ETFs), life insurance, education funds, and real estate. 
  4. Personal
    1. Goals and resolutions
    2. Personal reflections
    3. Living as someone with exposure to multiple cultures
    4. Hobbies such as cooking (joint post with my girlfriend?), selling sneakers, gaming, and more.

This (incomplete) list should give me a lot of material to start off with!

P.S. there is a glaring lack of topics regarding programming. I am also mostly trying to avoid discussing stuff that is directly related to my work (haha). 

If you are interested in hearing more about other topics or have any comments, feel free to contact me or leave a comment below! 

A big thank you to Christine for editing this post.