It's the end of the year, therefore it is time for all bloggers to get all introspective and do a "year in review" post. (It's in the blogging bylaws. Look it up.) As many of you know, 2008 was a rather eventful year for me. I got married, left IBM, started two companies, traveled a lot, renewed an interest in cooking, and became a well-versed patient advocate for my father. I feel like 2008 flew by in a blur of sometimes awesome, sometimes difficult, but always incredible occurrences and learning experiences.
I thought about how I'd try to sum up all of these things that have happened in my life in 2008, and realized that it would have to be an incredibly long blog post if I wanted to do most of these topics any justice. Instead, I decided to do a summary in a convenient bulleted list, followed by some of my favorite photos from 2008 after the jump. Sometimes it's easier to tell stories through images.
Note: It was hard to pick just these images, since there were so many more that I loved this year, but if I included them all it'd take 15 years to load the page. So I picked a handful of highlights.
- Flew 109,753 miles total, 103,105 on American, 6,648 on JetBlue.
- Countries visited outside U.S.: Canada, Italy, Belgium, U.K., San Marino
- Cities visited outside U.S.: Rome, Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bologna, Rimini, San Marino, Ravenna, Asolo, Pisa, Venice, Florence, Assisi, London, Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Toronto
- Cities visited within U.S.: Chicago, Boston, Worcester, Syracuse, Watertown (NY), Orlando, Nashville, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego
- Conferences: Lotusphere in January (was also supposed to go to UKLUG, but life interfered)
- Closed second-largest deal in Lotus history in June.
- Founded Sakura Consulting in July.
- Launched Hanne Apparel in November.
- Photographs published on Premiere.com in several articles in the summer.
- Got married to the most wonderful man I know on April 12, 2008.
- Plenty of other stuff happened, but that is the most important!
All in all, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster, but at least it's been interesting! After the new year, I'll be posting a lot more about what's going on at Sakura Consulting and what I'll be doing at Lotusphere. But for now, enjoy some photos of these and various other highlights of 2008 after the jump.