I gave four talks. Were these conference talks? Most were lunch and learns, but I also had a Hacktoberfest talk.
The first talk of the year was for The Collab Lab. I went over what Storybook is and how you can use it in your application. I even did a live coding session demonstrating its use in one of The Collab Lab cohort's projects.
Here's the accompanying slide deck and blog post for the talk.
Next up was another lunch and learn for Virtual Coffee, "Getting Started with Streaming on Twitch". A lot of folks were interested in streaming and learning in public, so I shared what I had learnt after one year of streaming on Twitch.
Here's the accompanying slide deck and blog post for the talk. Check out the blog post, as there was stuff I didn't have time to mention or forgot.
And to round off the year of podcasts, I got to hang with my co-workers Ben Halpern and Arit Amana, along with Michael Boroff, mental health program manager at Crossover Health to discuss imposter syndrome.
Since gyms are closed, I built a garage gym. It's not huge, but it lets me put in the work.
I trained consistently this year, typically 3 one hour HIIT sessions/week. I say typically because I was on vacation (pandemic vacation) for parts of the year, and a few of the weeks might have been one or two sessions only due to appointments or some anomaly in my regular schedule.
Not only did this keep me sane, it just all around made me feel better. Since I train at 7 am, it's also a great way to start the day feeling energized and having a clear head.
I'm still not where I want to be, but it feels great working out consistently again as year one of the pandemic derailed my training. Also, after performing thousands of lunges this year and all kinds of single limb training, my body is snowboard-ready. 🏂🏻
I rebuilt my backyard rink. It's a little wider this year and twice as tall. I ran into issues mid-winter last year where the ice ended up being at the same height as the walls. I had to use scraps of wood; I had to make it taller along with snow and ice. It worked but making it twice as tall this year will avoid all that.