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2021 in Review

In General

2021 was a difficult year, but I'm so grateful I was able to end it with a new job on a healthy team and a lot of space away from projects and social media to reflect. I'm looking forward to approaching 2022 and my projects in healthier ways.

Posts Published

I didn't get to publish as many posts as I wanted to, but I still published 10 different posts and I'm very proud of all of them.

Speaking Events

I was hoping to do more speaking events this year, but a few were canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. Here is a list of the speaking events I did get to do, three of which were live streams on Twitch! I had so much fun on the streams and it's interesting to see how far I've come in public speaking. I hated it in high school and most of college and used to be terrified to speak in front of groups of people.

Books

I am really good at starting new things, especially books. Part of my difficulty with finishing books is ADHD. It takes me a long time to get into a reading focus if I'm only reading. If I use an audiobook or speech-to-text in addition to reading, however, I have a much easier time. What's difficult about that is being deaf. If I don't have headphones to listen while I read, then I can't really listen. I've found that I can also read/listen better when I have a simple knitting project. I didn't finish a ton of books this year, but what's great is I'm learning all of these things about myself and working on carving out the right space for myself to read more.

Books Started

This list is currently all the books I could find with my Goodreads account (I read on a Kindle). I'm 100% sure there are more books that belong here because I purchased multiple from people that self published. When I find them, I'll add them to the list.

Books Finished

Projects

Like I mentioned already, I didn't get to finish as many projects as I wanted, but I'm really looking forward to getting back to all of these!

Note: I can't remember all my projects right now so I'll have to update this post as I remember them.

Projects Started

Knitting Projects

  • Socks in (yarn I can't remember the name of, I'll update ASAP)
  • Triangle shawl in Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, color number 86

Coding Projects

  • StaySemantic.com, a web accessibility resource that will have demos and explorations of various components, their properties, and how they sound with screen readers. Check out a preview of the Disabled Button Demo.
  • "Build an Accessible Blog with Next.js and Semantic HTML" course for egghead.io, which will get into the importance of semantic HTML in regards to accessibility, how to navigate documentation, and how to identify accessibility issues. I have a GitHub repository that will get updates as I work on the course.

Projects Finished/Shipped

General

  • 25-cube IKEA KALLAX shelf
  • IKEA BEKANT standing desk

Knitting Projects

  • Plain hat in Boss Kitty Hand Dyed DK Weight, Rock-A-Doodle-Doo colorway

Coding Projects

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