2016: Glen Edition + Looking Ahead to 2017

Wow. 2016 has been one crazy year. I won’t repeat what countless folks and media outlets have already covered, so I’ll take this opportunity to do a fun little exercise about the positives of this past year from the point-of-view of yours truly.

The hustle-and-bustle of every holiday season gets a bit overwhelming for me, so it’s always nice to take a step back and reaffirm that I’ve been doing the best I can in living life with the resources & opportunities that I have. It’s never a cakewalk and there are just as many valleys and there are peaks – but I’m loving every moment and continuing to grow. Read on for the details!

Major 2016 Accomplishments

  • Completed major checkout re-design for both macys.com & bloomingdales.com
  • Co-led a community (small) group at my church, Reality SF
  • Finished reading the entire Bible
  • Enrolled in and completed two coding classes (HTML & CSS, JavaScript)
  • Helped family move to new house
  • Lost 10 pounds through healthier eating (portion control, boba remains a work-in-progress)
  • Stayed active with swimming, basketball, bouldering, yoga, hiking, and snowboarding

Cities Visited in 2016

Mission Peak: Christmas Edition

Hiking/Backpacking & the Outdoors in 2016

  • The Lost Coast – 4 days and 34 miles hiking on a remote beach & surrounding trails
  • Point Reyes National Seashore – hiked-in to a campground within walking distance of Alamere Falls
  • Lake Aloha in Desolation Wilderness – 2 days backpacking in the Tahoe wilderness
  • Muir Woods – fun jaunt off the beaten (wooden) path
  • Mission Peak – Christmas Eve hike, the return after over a year
  • Lake Tahoe (x7) – snowboarding, more snowboarding, and summer/fall trips

Coachella 2016!

Concerts & Music Festivals in 2016

  • Madeon @ Fox Theater 01/21/16
  • Kamasi Washington @ The Independent 02/25/16
  • Coachella @ Indio 04/15 – 04/17/16
  • Boris @ The New Parish 05/05/16
  • Weezer @ Shoreline Amphitheatre 07/31/16
  • Boys Noize @ 1015 Folsom 08/04/16
  • Outside Lands @ San Francisco 08/06 – 08/07/16
  • FYF Fest @ Los Angeles 08/27 – 08/28/16
  • Flying Lotus @ Fox Theater 09/15/16
  • John Talabot @ Monarch 09/22/16
  • Brian Wilson @ The Masonic 10/12/16
  • Treasure Island Music Festival @ San Francisco 10/15 – 10/16/16
  • Nicolas Jaar @ The UC Theatre 10/28/16
  • Porter Robinson & Madeon @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 11/23/16
  • Hernan Cattaneo @ Audio 12/15/16

Total Boba Milk Tea Check-Ins in 2016: 91

  • Ordering with 50% sweetness and substituting grass jelly for boba
  • Home base: Boba Guys @ 429 Stockton St
  • Most check-ins: Sharetea @ 135 4th St (Metreon)
  • Rookie of the year: Asha Tea House @ 17 Kearny St (Go Bears!)

Tahoe!!

Goals for 2017

  • I will blog at least once a month
  • I will attend an out-of-state music festival
  • I will spend more time volunteering (Back on My Feet is a very good candidate)
  • I will pick up a new hobby or revive an out-of-practice hobby
  • I will continue doing what I love (travel, music, hobbies, etc.)

Some Thoughts for 2017

  • Know your worth – continue to pursue your passions, be kind to others, and don’t be too hard on yourself
  • Family comes first – no matter what, through the highs and lows, be there for family
  • Friends matter – independence is all-important but slightly more overrated than I’d thought
  • Treat your body right – growing old doesn’t mean feeling old (at least not yet), stay active and foam roll

Here’s to an amazing 2017! I’ll be looking forward to each new day!


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