In this often disconnected and lonely year, I learned with and taught, collaborated with on projects, coached, interviewed, and facilitated 639 people.
Across two workplaces and five enterprises.
Despite being laid off in February.
Mostly during a pandemic.
I’m most proud that I coached 218 people, taught 374 people in 19 workshops on topics from self-governance to UX research strategy to financial resilience, and ran four LLCs and their projects in collaboration with 11 people.
I co-produced four major design research reports, a five-week workshop series on self-governance, and 10 podcast episodes.
I also completed three major writing projects, including a money and sobriety curriculum, a 120-page workbook on financial resilience and 32 blog posts. I killed one of my book babies (so hard to do!).
Importantly, I stayed in alignment with my personal/professional commitment to create and support excitement, confidence, and purpose in others and myself.
I was also able to advance my security in a deeply insecure time, since I saved/invested $60k after buying, renovating, and renting out a house.
However, I failed to muster up much of my other life requirement – joy, which I generally access through adventure / travel, cultural experiences with my communities, and exercise and experiential living. I suspect I’m not alone in this, but I still missed it, a lot.
Many things were not what I expected this year, but I am so proud and pleased I was able to do so much good in alignment with my commitment nonetheless.
Dear collaborators, colleagues, clients, participants, and friends. Thank you for the opportunity to create with you, and to be my complex and multi-passionate self and be whole.
I documented this total, across all the work I do, so as to highlight the moments of connection and contribution for myself – so that my only takeaway from 2020 isn’t the breaking, but the things we did together.