A Twitter friend of mine, fellow UofT student and hacker, @JohnHok, posted an article about his “One Year Forecast” and suggested his readers do the same. He explains,
So you know how public companies often give a forecast to guide investor expectations for the coming quarter or beyond? Wouldn’t it be cool to release your own personal forecast? Okay maybe it wouldn’t be that cool but it seemed cool to me.
I need more to write about anyway, so why not. I think it’ll be interesting to read and address again a year from now. But I don’t know if anyone is investing in my future or not, heh.
I’m not sure if I should use the same headings as he did, but they seem generic enough so I’ll stick to them in the same order.
I’m not spiritual by any means. I never was, nor do I anticipate becoming so. To be brief, and to avoid a tangent (which is difficult for me to do), it’s simply not something I’m interested in. It is of no value to me personally and I have enough matters in my life to engage in, so it makes little sense to add another commitment, which would feel more like a liability.
In terms of religion, most people know how I feel about it, but I want to quickly mention how I plan to address it. First, I’m completely open to other’s people faith as long as it doesn’t adhere to hatred or violence, isn’t imposed on others, and leaves myself and the scientific community alone. If an individual crosses that line, then maybe I’ll fuss about it. Otherwise, I leave religious people alone, and let them continue to do what makes them happy.
This is the stance I foresee to abide by indefinitely. But we’ll see one year from now.
In the past several years, I’ve been extremely conservative financially. More recently, I’ve been taking quite a different approach. I’ve become much more laid back. I’m beginning to realize how important it is to have a lot of fun at my age, and to enjoy it as much as possible. And yes, I believe buying things do make you happier to some extent. I’m spending more money on clothes, electronics, great food, and beer – and I feel great about doing so, and I think this trend will continue for a bit. Mind you, to be clear, I am certainly saving money as well. I still save at least 50% of my salary.
I haven’t been too active lately in stock market investing; but to do it “right”, it really requires attention – attention I can’t seem to spare at this juncture. But I’ll change that soon, maybe.
I’m taking a year off school to work in San Francisco. The people at the company, Marin Software, are a great bunch. They’re friendly, vibrant, and smart. I’ve been pretty lucky with the jobs I’ve had and the people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
As for the work I do, the most challenging part is generally writing code for a very sophisticated application that’s been around for several years. I like to do things the right way. That said, it’s annoying when things weren’t done properly in the past, and having to refactor mountains of code so it is done properly.
Aside from what technologies I’m working with, what I’ve mostly learned is how to write really good code. I’ve had invaluable feedback from really experienced engineers. That’s just something you don’t get in school.
I’ll be at Marin Software until next May at least, and I haven’t yet planned what I’ll do for the summer. I’ve been thinking about doing another internship either in SF, somewhere else abroad (like Germany), Toronto, or doing research. I simply want to continue to learn.
In addition, I have my own personal projects that I’ll be continuing to work on. It’s hard to say what I’ll do with Love at School, but as for other projects, you can check them out at my Github page or on my Projects page here. These won’t be the only ones I’ll do in the next year; there will definitely be more. I have so many ideas, and it’s only a matter of time before they come to reality, hah. But I wish I had more avid people to collaborate with!
I’ve been working out at least a few times a week for the past month or so. Already seeing a difference. Will continue this habit for a number of months. I don’t have a “weight goal”. I care more about how I look overall. My weight wouldn’t indicate that so well.
To start, I’m slightly reserved and usually have difficulty becoming close with people; I typically keep a distance, with the exception of select individuals. I don’t consciously conduct myself this way and I don’t know if it’s a bad thing, but I’m frankly not sure how much more open I care about being. I’m an INTJ, after all. On the other hand, sometimes I do feel like I want to open up to more people, but it just doesn’t happen.
To be more specific to my situation for the next several months, I do want to continue meeting more people by going to (tech) meetups, conferences, bars, and through friends I’ve already met. It’s a good idea for me to expand my network here, given the decent chance I’ll settle here permanently within the next few years. (Whoa, bold statement. We’ll see what I think about that in a year from now). And hopefully there will be a few people here I will become close with.
I just decided to add this section, because I think it’s also important. Like many others my age, I’ve been on and off dating for at least a few years. And there was at least one or two relationships that I imagined being “the one”. After mentioning my last breakup to my mom, she remarked, “Well, you’re too young to be in a serious relationship, anyway.” I don’t know why, but that made me feel very relieved, even though I didn’t want to agree. I thought, “No! I’m grown up! I am ready!”
I’m not in the most fortunate situation since I don’t plan to settle anywhere for another few years or so. I’ll be all over the place until then. It’s almost as if I have to avoid a serious relationship, except I don’t want to necessarily.
This will be the only section I won’t have at least a somewhat concrete forecast for. I don’t know what I want. I think I’ll just go with the flow on this on.
Not much left to say, except to apologize if I made it seem like you were peeking into my diary. But rarely will I get this personal here.
So if you haven’t invested in me yet, perhaps you should reconsider, heh.