It’s amazing how refreshed my mind feels after a week of decompressing on the ski slopes. With a de-cluttered mind and some sore muscles, I was eager to reflect on the year when New Years Eve rolled around. So I sat down with some coffee, and then 5 minutes later I felt nearly dizzy just thinking about everything that transpired over the last 365 days. It has been a busy year, and if I had to describe 2022 with one word, it would be “change.”
I thought about writing in detail about all of those changes, and then I suited up and went snowboarding in the rain. It’s not that I didn’t feel like writing, but I’ve really come to value the precious hours away from the computer these days. Hence why this website hasn’t been redesigned in 6 years, I haven’t fixed various things on here, and I only write one personal blog post per year 🙂
Nonetheless, I do think it’s important to take stock of the year’s events. So here’s my much abridged bullet point version:
I went from barely knowing how to snowboard, to cruising all over the mountain at Snowshoe and Silver Creek. I tracked 284 runs total.
Russia started a horrendous war and changed geopolitics forever.
We transformed the original RecRe MVP app into a full on SaaS platform with multi-tenancy. RecRe now provides a full rental management platform (hardware and software) to universities.
I experienced St. Patty’s Day in Savannah for the first time in honor of my child hood best friend’s bachelor party. 10/10 would recommend St. Patty’s Day in Savannah.
Life moved on beyond COVID for most of the world. Olivia and I did finally come down with COVID in September. 10/10 would not recommend. I couldn’t speak for days.
We hired our first two full time employees at RecRe.
The Supreme Court lost its way… There are over 4,000 different religions in this world. Who is wise enough to say which, or if any religion should influence all of our lives? No one. Keep that nonsense out of the courtroom, and out of the doctor’s office, please.
We hired a new Lead Developer at Storyware, allowing me to step away from the day-to-day work there and focus more on RecRe.
Briggs got married. Briggs is my childhood best friend and we’ve literally known each other since we were born. Seeing him get married was like watching my own brother get married.
With COVID settled down… We had a family reunion in The Smokeys!
Olivia and I finally took our trip to Europe. COVID delayed this trip a few times before. Olivia went for a work even in London, and then I flew over and we explored southern Britain.
While I didn’t manage to surf anywhere in the US, I did surf a wave pool for the first time. And in England of all places.
RecRe launched at five universities.
I cooked a lot. And then some more. If I wasn’t working this year, I was probably cooking.
We didn’t see the coast much over the summer, but we enjoyed some good family time at home. My mom spent the summer with us in Richmond.
Olivia and I went to Iowa for the first time… For our first music festival.
I went back to Vegas for the first time in nearly two decades.
RecRe saw over 575k minutes of rental usage in 2022.
I started making time for reading again. I finished four books in a month for the first time in… Well, I don’t know how long 🙂
Speaking of reading, that’s enough reading of bullet points. Scope out the photos below for more of a glimpse into 2022.
I realized something wild while finishing this post. Today marks 10 years ago that I moved to the North Shore of Oahu. Obviously that was a huge move, and one of the most defining decisions of my life. Moving to Oahu occurred after a period of immense change, and that move brought about quite a bit of change as well.
So now I’m quite eager to see what changes, and what defining moments lie ahead in 2023.