2018 Year in Review

2018 was the most challenging year of my life. I watched my mom's health decline and had to say goodbye forever. You can read more in my eulogy.

Eulogy for Mom

Nothing else bad happened this year. My anxieties were all focused on my mom's health and all other setbacks and challenges seemed minor in comparison.

A lot of good happened. I feel more satisfied at work than I have in years (I started a new job and got promoted). I took three months off to spend with family, explore New York, and do a little bit of traveling.

My friendships feel stronger than ever. I have new friends and old friends I enjoy spending my time with. Life passes quickly and my friendships give me solace.

I feel more organized than ever. Part of it has to do with https://www.notion.so/ — the app I'm using to publish this. I could go on and on about how flexible and powerful it is. I'll probably sunset my squarespace at some point and post to tumblr for posterity.

Grief is an emotion that comes and goes. The main thing that keeps me happy is thinking about the lives my mom would want us to lead.


  • Mom's funeral

  • New job and promotion

  • Amsterdam

  • Paris

  • London

  • Miami (Cupsteak)

  • San Diego

  • Chicago

  • Weddings (Rob's, Dan's, Annie's)

  • Axe throwing

  • Panorama

Books I Read - Sorted by Favorites

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

  • The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

  • The Island Dwellers: Stories

  • The New Geography of Jobs

  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

  • Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

  • Educated

  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

  • Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color

  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

  • Skin in the Game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

  • The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World

  • Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person

  • Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age

  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer

  • iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

  • China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians, #2)

  • The Order of Time

  • Full Disclosure