Year in Review: 2015

December 30th, 2015

2015_review

With 2015 coming to an end very soon, it’s time to look back on how the year was for me :)

Life in general

My personal life has been pretty much the same, but things changed at work. My team grew, and I moved into a management position! I was already a team lead, but now I’m more of a dev manager and spend more of my time managing than coding. I used to do 30% team lead stuff and 70% coding, but now the percentages are swapped!

Hobbies

2015 was a big focus on photography for me. I started a Project 52 to take a serious photo every week, and I was also invited into the Flickr licensing program early in the year.

I did more cosplay photoshoots than 2014 too. I did 14 total: 6 at Ikkicon, 3 at San Japan, 4 at AnimeFest, and 1 shoot at the lake. Half were with cosplayers I had not worked with before, so it was nice to meet new people!


My websites were another focus in 2015. I changed layouts for four of my websites: this blog, my graphics site, my cosplay blog, and my cake website. I also merged my Photoshop tutorials site into my graphics site, so I’d have one less site open. My photography portfolio is 90% done as well. I hope I can show it soon!

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And of course, when I spend a lot of time on a couple hobbies, my other ones become neglected. I ended up only finishing one cosplay last year, which was Phi from Zero Escape.

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Travel

I took a few trips to different Texas cities for conventions and a conference, but my first trip out of state was to West Point, NY. It was an unexpected one since we were going to a funeral. It was beautiful in the fall though, and I got to see where my in-laws grew up and went to school.

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On brighter news, I went to San Francisco twice! The first time was for a bachelorette party, where I spent time in both San Francisco and Napa. It was a much needed trip to relax, and the food in Napa was so good.

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The second time was on the way to Maui, which was me and my husband’s 4th trip to Hawaii. We spent a week on Maui doing things we loved, like snorkeling, hiking, and eating ;) We now have a good feel for the 4 popular islands of Hawaii!

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Other Notable Events

  • I attended PAX South, which is the first one in Texas and our 4th time attending a PAX expo.
  • I went to three Anime cons: Ikkicon, San Japan, and AnimeFest.
  • I met Michelle, Mija, and Stereometric in person!
  • I went to two tech conferences: TX JS (Javascript conference) and Grace Hopper (conference for women in tech).
  • Since our company had grown so much, we had to move offices. We moved into a brand new building a few miles away that is much larger!
  • My hackathon team got first place in a category for our company’s annual hackathon, and then we formed Menagerie Development afterwards for plugin/app development.
  • I was one of the official photographers again for our company’s user conference.

Favorite Entries

I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this, so I thought I’d join in :)

Moving Forward

My goals for 2015 were around exercising more, cleaning up the house, and organizing my websites. Though I could have exercised more, I feel like I was pretty successful at all three.

For 2016, I’ve decided not to make goals like that. They’re just too general, and I feel more motivated when they are concrete things I should achieve. So, I won’t be writing new resolutions here. Instead, I will be looking back on my professional-related goals and set new ones for 2016!

Next up will be my gaming year in review, and then after that, I will revisit my professional-related goals!

20 Responses to “Year in Review: 2015”

  • Kayla says:

    Congratulations on everything you were able to achieve this year. Looks like your 2015 was full of amazing things and was super productive! I hope 2016 is just as good for you :)

    Have a happy and safe new year!

  • Kya says:

    I hope you have an amazing 2016!

    I really like to read about year in reviews. You were very busy and had a number of things that changed. I really can’t wait to see your portfolio. :D

    <3

  • Uglyfish says:

    It looks like 2015 was a great year for you! Your cosplay shoots are great, I really like the top right Sakura – the colour of the costume really pops against the background.
    I really enjoyed reading about all of your different trips this year, especially to Hawaii – will you be going again soon?
    Good luck with everything in 2016! I’m looking forward to reading your gaming year in review too!

    • Cat says:

      Thanks! I think we’re taking a break from Hawaii now :) We’ve been 4 times in the past 5 years, so we should probably find another place to visit, haha.

  • Ongaku says:

    Such an active 2015 for you! That is awesome. You made some real progress on your websites. I’m lagging WWAAYY behind but oh well.

  • Erin says:

    WOW! Congrats on your “promotion”! :D Your website looks awesome, btw. I found you from Kya’s blog. I’m trying to get back into blogging myself and I’m hoping that blog hopping tonight will help. :)

    You are awesome at photography. That’s awesome! I love your yummy pixels layout! It looks awesome!

    Good job accomplishing everything you did this year! I hope your next year goes even better than last year!

  • Nancy says:

    Congratulations on moving up the ranks and managing teams :D. Glad to hear that you succesfully completed Project 52! I can imagine how hard it must be when there are slow weeks. I like how personalized this blog is, especially since you got a picture of yourself on the header (which works out perfrectly!).

    You had some awesome traveling done this year. Hawaii looks amaaazzzzing!!! It’s great to see a lot of self-development going on, and it showed pretty well from the posts you’ve made :D.

    Good luck with your goals for the year!

  • Pauline says:

    I feel so motivated reading this, it sounds like you’ve had such a lovely year. I hope 2016 is just as wonderful for you. Congrats on everything you’ve achieved, you definitely deserve every bit of it :)

    I enjoy your photography so much, I’ve been inspired to pursue photography because of the amazing photographs amazing people like you have done :”)

  • Michelle says:

    You had a great year and I’m happy for it <3 I wish you all the best for the next year!

  • Tara says:

    Ah, what a productive year you had with your work and hobbies and travels! I love seeing your photos throughout the year, and I look forward to seeing more in 2016. Not to mention your cosplay! Makes me wonder what will be your next cosplay project :) And where you will travel next, what you will play, and what professional goals you’ve set for yourself. I wish you luck with all that, Cat! <3

  • Bhairavee says:

    Looks like you had an awesome year! I wish that 2016 is even better! :D

  • Sarah says:

    The photos you took were great, I especially love the one in Hawaii, so beautiful!
    Good luck with the goal setting.

  • Jamie says:

    Congratulations on getting the management position!

    I love your outfits for cosplay. They’re so neat and unique looking. I don’t think I would be able to pull anything like that off. I am an artist, sure, but I am not really into cosplay that much. I admire those (like you) who can pull it off though.

    Sounds like you had an awesome year of 2015, and I am sure that this year 2016 will be more amazing than the last. Happy New Years!

  • Amy says:

    Happy New Year!

    It sounds like you had a really great 2015. I love your cosplay photo shoots. I only just started cosplaying this year and I love it. Your costume is awesome! I hope you get more chances to do more in 2016 – I love those posts!

    It’s exciting that you got to travel to so many places this year. I hardly went anywhere this year. I think most of my trips were to Comic Cons, but I never left the exhibition area.

    Good luck with any goals you decide to make this year!
    xxx

  • Chynna says:

    Happy New Year!

    2015 looked amazing for you and I’m sure 2016 will be even better! I love all your cosplay photographs :)

    Also, I’m hoping to visit San Fran this year! Super excited. I would also love to visit Hawaii, one day. Good luck with the goals you set! x

  • Georgie says:

    *big huge round of applause* You had a really successful year, Cat! And I love that you attended conferences and had some work-related wins, too. I remember some of your favourite posts and I enjoyed reading them too, especially the cosplay for beginners and the 8 photos of happiness. :)

    I can’t wait to see your photography portfolio as I’m sure it will be full of all the amazing photos I’ve seen you take. :D

    I’m curious to see your professional related goals as well – I’ve become more work-oriented over the past year and it feels good to have goals in that area especially because I believe that professional development builds up on personal development in its own way.

  • Olivia says:

    Wooo, sounds like a good and successful year!! I didn’t know about your cake blog but IT’S AWESOME. Still a big fan of your photography (favorite is probably the pink-purple sky in Hawaii but I love the Card Captor Sakura cosplays too!!) Congratulations on all the amazing achievements, I wish you the best (and better!) in 2016!!

  • Becca says:

    Cat, you had such an awesome year! I loved reading about all of your travels because you take such beautiful pictures! These just take my breath away!

    Was it this year that you changed your layout? I feel like this is just as much a part of silent-white! The header is perfect, showing all of your interests and hobbies, and even you!

    I hope you have a wonderful 2016! Can’t wait to read about your new year!

  • Mija says:

    I’m so glad we got to meet up at PAX South!!! Sadly, we won’t be attending this year but lots of our friends are going!! I debated with myself but I don’t know if a prego Mija can waddle around the con lol!!

    2015 was really awesome for you Cat!!! I know 2016 will be even shinier!! Thanks for being my friend and I hope we can meet up again in 2016!!

  • remakestyle says:

    You definitely had a good year! And seems like you are going to have a better one. I have always loved managing my blog but you, you have a lot and you can manage them. What’s you secret?

    Anyway, Happy New Year. :)

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