— In 2023, I traveled abroad for the first time, fostered my learning and professional development, grew cherished friendships, and found joy in new podcasts, music, and blogs. With this new post format, I’m reflecting on some of those milestones and thinking ahead to next year.
Reflecting on design, web, technology, and life.
— This past week, thanks to my company, I had the pleasure of attending the incredible SmashingConf online. I’ve watched many other front-end talks before (like Hover, a conference dedicated solely to CSS), but this was my first full-on, live conference. I thoroughly enjoyed the two days I spent tuning in from the comfort of my home.
— We took a visit to the Bellevue Botanical Garden in the morning. I really enjoyed looking at the many kinds of flowers, trees, and plants. I was amazed at the sheer diversity of everything! From grasses and floral displays to a traditional Japanese garden, there was a lot to discover.
— Driving through Minnesota and half of South Dakota was both tiring and awe-inspiring at the same time. The scenery gradually changed from typical Midwest (plentiful exits, trees, curves along the highway) to flat, straight roads with bare surroundings except for fields.
— Less than a week until we move! This Wednesday, my fiancé Alex and I are leaving from Ohio to move to our new apartment in Washington. We are mostly finished packing and currently feeling all the emotions! Through this blog, I plan to document my discoveries in the Pacific Northwest and our new life together in Seattle.