I can't believe it, but it's already November. With daylight savings gone, the way-too-early sunsets solidly indicate the arrival of fall. Another academic year beginning, another summer that came and went by way too quickly. Another foreboding look into another winter that we really hope won't be as bad at our record-breaking snow dump last year.
This past year has been, by far, the most crazy, unpredictable, and all-around different year in a long time. Part of it came from the flexibility of my job. For the first time in my entire working life, I switched from working as an employee in a corporation to being a consultant who worked for myself. With this new change came great responsibility (there's a lot of stuff that comes with running your own business!) but also great flexibility.
With Bryan traveling so much for work, I took advantage of my flexible schedule to travel a bit more with him this past year.
In September of 2014, after a reasonably quiet summer where we stayed mostly local, I joined Bryan on a fascinating two-week trip to Malaysia and Singapore. I had a ton of fun taking cooking classes (check out all the scrumptious recipes here), hiking in the tropical wilderness, and eating all sorts of amazing food.
In November, we signed up to get SCUBA certified, doing our final certification dives in Hawaii. It was our first time visiting all the islands, and we had a blast exploring the scenery in Maui, swimming with the turtles in Kauai, diving with Manta rays in the Big Island, and doing the most difficult (and one of the most beautiful) hikes in my life.
After a warm Christmas in Los Angeles with Bryan's family, we headed off to Las Vegas for our annual trip to attend the Consumer Electronics Show. We tried a lot of steak and enjoyed a meal at a fun Japanese izakaya. Then the dreaded winter of 2015 hit us. Snow and lots of shoveling took over our lives.
Traveling went way down. I bravely flew to Philadelphia in mid-February to give a workshop at an ITASA conference, only to have to reschedule my flight to get back to Boston before yet another snowstorm would hit. Before you knew it, April was here and the snow was finally (mostly) melted. We whisked off to Orlando (Bryan had a conference there), and had fun in the sun again at the Happiest Place on Earth. Can you tell I'm trying to go to warm places? In June we visited London and Munich, trying a ton of fancy Michelin-starred restaurants in London and famous beer houses in Munich. In July, we spent a long weekend in Montreal, checking out the annual jazz festival and enjoying lots of delicious food. A trip to New York, and Napa/Sonoma Valley followed to finally bring us to October. Full circle. It's most certainly been the most crazy, unpredictable, and all-around different year I've ever had. I've had very little routine these past 12 months. And it's hard to stay healthy and to stick with any sort of good habits when traveling so much. So what is one thing I been doing to stay healthy amidst such a crazy and unstructured schedule? Answer in this video that I made (with BlogHer's help)!
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I have recently accepted a full-time position at a new and exciting venture-backed startup in Cambridge as head of intellectual property. It was a fun ride of a year being a consultant, but I'm ready to "settle down" and embark upon a new adventure!
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