This year saw a low amount of posts on Nicole Jeanette. I apologize for that, and promise to do better, because there is a lot I want to write about during 2019. For this year in review, I’ll be sharing some of the things that happened throughout the year that I didn’t write about on here, including my goals and hopes for this new year.
The first half of 2018 was still rough recovering from Hurricane Maria. We experienced consistent problems with electricity and found ourselves dealing with issues with our ISP for a few months over our internet connection (specifically upload). This year, was also a real challenge for me as I had to go out of my comfort zone and deal with my social anxiety (besides my Generalized Anxiety Disorder) head-on. I was able to overcome a lot, and for that I’m glad.
A summary of my year:
- We got back from our trip to New York City. It was great to get away from all the craziness and spend the Christmas holidays there. We had an amazing time and are already planning to go back (maybe 2019?). Also, I got to experience a full day of snow!
- Started using the Kindle Fire I got in NYC consistently and was reading a lot more. Even got a Kindle Unlimited subscription to take advantage of being able to read more. Recommend the service for those who are avid readers.
- Attended Puerto Rico BloggerCon reConnections.
- Attended the Coffee and Chocolate Expo 2018.
- Participated in a VR Gaming Livestream. Thank you to Criticologos for the invite, it was incredibly fun.
- We began having problems with our internet service (especially upload), this affected most of our digital projects and it began with a back and forth with our ISP for about 3 months. We had to end up filing an FCC claim against our ISP, that’s when they fixed our issue.
- Booked our flights and Airbnb for our trip to Seattle, WA. We booked it not knowing if we would be able to purchase tickets for PAX West, but thankfully everything worked out.
- Juan and I started watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, it became one of our favorite TV Shows. We’re up to date and can’t wait for the new season in January.
- Went to see 1964 The Tribute at VIVO Beach Club. Fun times!
- Booked our tickets for PAX West (Friday and Sunday). It was such a relief because we know the tickets usually run out very quickly.
- Was part of a gaming panel talking about the E3 2018 conference.
- Internet was finally back in order and we were able to resume most of our online and digital projects.
- Juan and I did a 12 hour Extra Life marathon and raised $700 for the kids of the San Jorge Children’s Foundation.
- Traveled to Seattle, WA and attended PAX West 2018. It was truly one of my favorite trips, and being able to have two of our best friends along for the ride made it even more special.
- Got back from our trip to Seattle.
- Celebrated Juan’s birthday
- Celebrated my 29th birthday
- We did the Extra Life 24 hour marathon at our house and we had an amazing time. We raised $800+ that day!
- The Holidays in Puerto Rico are always something else, we have been enjoying good food and our famous coquito.
- Celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary
2018 was full of challenges, lessons, and good things. I hope 2019 is even better.
I wish everybody has a Happy New Year!
What are your goals for 2019?
2017 has been one of the most (if not the most) challenging years I’ve ever had. I’ve had new opportunities that have been great and have made me grow as a professional and as a person. Additionally, there have been events that have changed my life and perspective, forever.
I thought it would be best to list the good and the bad I’ve experienced with 2017:
- Visited Washington, D.C for the first time in May. My husband was a panelist at SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. I’m incredibly proud of his participation in the panel. We stayed for a few days after the panel and were able to walk around and take pictures. Really enjoyed our time there, would like to visit again.
- Began a new job in May as a Web Developer and Designer for a Digital Marketing agency. I’ve had a blast working there and I have learned so much. My co-workers are awesome people and it’s a job that makes me happy.
- Had my high school class 10-year reunion this summer. It was great to see everybody again. Time flies!
- Built a custom PC in June after having my old one for five years. It’s a very powerful computer and it’s so good for gaming.
- Juan and I became Twitch Affiliates. Yay!
- Juan and I booked a trip for New York City in December. A vacation for almost two weeks in one of our favorite cities? Yes, please. Blog posts about my experience in NY will follow.
- Went to Chicago during Thanksgiving to visit family. It was my first time visiting and my first time driving outside of Puerto Rico. Had a wonderful time and would visit again.
2017 changed me with Hurricane Maria. As most of you know, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 5 hurricane. My husband and I made the necessary arrangements so our belongings and home were safe. That included stocking up on food. Going through an event of this magnitude was something we could have never prepared for.
The entire island was affected, and we are still recovering from this disaster. For the first few weeks, communications were almost non-existent. Food was hard to come by, and there were 5-10 hour lines to get gas every single day.
This experience traumatized me, and heightened my anxiety to a whole new level. The frustration was like no other. This event changed me, made me appreciate things I never thought to appreciate. The most important thing, we persevered. We’re doing better. There’s still a lot that needs to get better in Puerto Rico, but people are doing better.
My word for 2018: Thrive
I decided to ‘assign’ a word for the year, instead of having the usual new year resolutions. For 2018, my word is thrive. I want to do things well, keep growing as a business person and make the best out of 2018. I have a couple of things in the works for this new year, I’m excited and hopeful that everything turns out well.
I wish everybody has a Happy New Year!
What are your goals for 2018?