Hey, friends! I’m aliiiive!
2014 was an interesting year, and at the same time, I didn’t really talk much about it. It’s always challenging to find the right balance between recording/reflecting on your life and actually living it, and this past year I obviously spent much more time doing the latter. As much as I advocate for living in the present moment and not overthinking things too much (despite what my Twitter bio might say), there’s also something nice about sharing parts of your life with others. So, with that said, you’ll be seeing more of me around the ol’ Interwebs in 2015. Hurray!
First off, I’m excited to restart my monthly wallpaper series! I really enjoyed doing making them in 2013 and was happy to see them all over my friends’ devices. Here’s the brand spankin’ new wallpaper for January, sized for computers, tablets and mobile phones:
Desktop (2560 x 1440) • Tablet (2048 x 2048) • Mobile (640 x 1136)
Now that you have a shiny new wallpaper for the shiny new year (too cheesy? too bad), here a few highlights from this past year:
- This was my first full calendar year being self-employed! I kind of forget what having a “real” job is like, and I’m pretty okay with that.
- I finally took a real vacation. I somehow forgot to do this in 2013, which was silly because overworking yourself ad infinitum is a good idea for precisely no one. This past June, I spent a little over a week in Italy — home of amazing art, architecture, gelato, and, surprisingly, delicious gluten-free food.
- I gave a talk at a conference for the first time. This past November I spoke at WordCamp Toronto about levelling up your WordPress development workflow and it went really well. I can’t wait to speak again some time!
Here’s what some nice people had to say at the time:
Just had the pleasure of watching 2 first-time WordCamp speakers who were naturals. Kudos to @daraskolnick & @cmpdrxmarketing! #wcto
— Kathryn Presner (@zoonini) November 16, 2014
#wcto Watching @daraskolnick present on Dev Workflow. She’s awesomely funny. Great job for a first time presenter.
— Jeff Rose (@jeffrose) November 16, 2014
Loving @DaraSkolnick‘s workshop! Using internet humor is a way to connect with me on a deeper level. Thanks for the smiles this aft! #WCTO — Laura Mabee (@LLMabee) November 16, 2014
Speaking of which, if there’s a WordCamp coming up in your area, you should totally go — in my slightly biased opinion, it’s totally worth it.
Now, all that’s not to say that 2014 was the perfect year — after all, life is life and not-so-great things happen. That being said, on balance, things are pretty, pretty, pretty good.
I hope you’ve all had a great year and I wish you all the best for this upcoming one!
Congratulations on your self-employment, speech at a conference and wonderful vacation in Italy! Self-employment and pushing our own comfort zones are both so rewarding!
Thanks, Kathy! It is really rewarding… and challenging. But most rewarding things are!
Congratulations and Happy New Year! xx
Happy new year to you too, Siedah!
Love the new background! Have a happy New Year!
Thanks, Jenn! Happy new year to you too!
What a great wrap up for the year, Dara! It sounds like it was an excitement-filled one for sure!
Thanks, Kathryn! I hope it was a great one for you too!
Happy New Year Dara! I’m so psyched that your wallpapers are back. I used your previous set last year as well and always receive compliments when people walk by my desk at work.
Happy new year to you too, Elham!! So great to hear from you :D Thanks for letting me know about the wallpaper feedback – that’s always really nice to hear.