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What I Accomplished in 2016

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 in

I took a chance on myself and turned down an amazing opportunity at Shutterstock to work full-time for myself. The journey has been less than perfect but I’ve learned a lot and am hopeful that I’ll find my footing in 2017.

I kept reading almost one book a month. While it’s not an amazing accomplishment it was something I had to keep pushing myself to do this year. I kept trying to find excuses about not having time but it was worth pushing for. I originally set this goal back in 2014 and have continued reading almost a book a month since then. I read a lot on being product/customer obsessed in 2016 and in 2017 I plan on continuing to read on those topics.

I wrote more blogs, 21 in total this year! My original goal was to write at least one blog a month and am happy that I almost doubled that! I even wrote one of my most popular articles to date (21k+ unique views) this year. I’ll be continuing this goal through 2017.

I designed a few video games and took an exciting dive into a childhood dream. I didn’t finish any like I had planned to but I learned how to write custom shaders, wrote my first functional bits of C/C# code, and took some serious time to understand The Aesthetic of Play. For 2017, I plan on breaking down the time to develop a video game into smaller chunks to make the goal more manageable and realistic.

I wrote music for the first time in almost 8 years. Last year, I was gifted a beautiful Alesis Code Pro keyboard and have re-taught myself how to play the piano. Since then I’ve written a couple pieces that I really enjoy. My goal for 2017 is to teach myself how to play Kapustin - No.6 “Pastoral” (there’s a good chance it will take me all year to master.)

I’m still in a happy relationship with my loving and supporting girlfriend, Kim - now going on 2 years! To some that’s nothing but this is by far the longest relationship I’ve ever been in and I’ve been loving every moment of it. She continues to push me to be my best every single day.

Looking back, 2016 has been the most stressful and unpredictable time of my life but I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments I’ve made.

I’m eager to make 2017 an amazing year.


Tom is the CEO (Customer Experience Overlord) of Unicorn Heart Club where he leads development for Astral Virtual TableTop. He's a homebrewer, hiker, and has an about page.

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