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Dev Diary - 2023 in Review

As 2023 comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to recap some of the exciting things that happened this year with some "Top 3"s in different categories and a look forward to 2024.

Highlights #

This has actually been a tough year, but I want to highlight some exciting things that did happen this year for me.

Best Books #

Each month I read at least three books; one fiction, one non-fiction, and one on religion/philosophy. I started this about half way through the year and I got through about 35 books this past year and here are my favorite three.

Learnings #

As I reflect on the past year, I think I can synthesize three key things I picked up this year that I hope others can apply to

Looking Forward #

2024 is looking to be a busy year, so I'm not making any lofty goals for this year, in fact if I have any plans for next year, it is to draw back from some of my own intensity. I'll be starting off the year participating in Exodus 90, a program of fasting and fraternity to help me reconnect with others as the year begins. Beyond that, I want to finish my Bible Reading iOS app and a Web version I started recently. To help facilitate slowing down and getting more time back, this blog will be transitioning from weekly to twice monthly (first and third Thursday). For now the dev diary posts will be going away, but there will still be a healthy stream of deep dives and tech tidbits to keep everyone busy.

Conclusion #

I'm happy to have 2023 in the rear-view mirror but I think I've laid the foundation for a successful 2024. For anyone who has read these dev diary posts, thank you! I've enjoyed writing them and I hope someone has found them useful. Here's to a great 2024! Until next time, thanks!

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