What I Accomplished in 2015

Posted on January 03, 2016 in reflection

I landed a job at Shutterstock and took on some really ambitious projects from the beginning. I worked tightly with an amazing group of developers who helped mold my code standards and shaped me into a better developer.

I gave my first presentation ever .. on how to be a better presenter. I highly recommend everyone learn how to be a better public speaker. It was one of the best choices I made this year. I'm more confident getting in front of a large group of people which has already shown it's value for company demonstrations and updates. It's also allowed me to think more before I speak.

I helped lead a team to a production launch. It was my first time stepping up to the plate and taking ownership of a very large project. I've lead small projects before but nothing compared to the scale at which Shutterstock operates. In 3-months our team built two production-ready applications and I gave my second presentation ever on CCTV to the entire company. It was exhilarating getting up on stage and showcasing the work that our team had done.

I read a lot of books. In 2014 I wanted to read more books, so I did. I bought a Kindle and so far have continued to read through 2015. It's something that I'm glad I've stuck with because I learn so much standing on the subway. From Creativity, Inc to The Lean Startup to Emotional Intelligence to What If?, I'm incredibly proud to see how much I've learned from reading over the year. I'm more proud of how much I've been able to apply to my personal and professional life.

I've been in a happy relationship for over a year. A very personal yet notable accomplishment is that I've been happy spending time with the one I love. A few months ago my girlfriend and I moved in together and have spent the last year going on hikes in New Jersey, dining out on date nights, cooking meals during the week, traveling to the Caribbean, and so much more. I've had an amazing year with her. Our goal is to hike some of the Appalachian Trail in 2016 and I can't wait.

It's been an amazing year and I'm ready for 2016.

Thomas Lackemann :)


Tom is the founder of Astral TableTop. He's a homebrewer, hiker, and has an about page. Follow @tlackemann on Twitter for more discussions like this.