What I Was Up To Then
I sucked at this in 2018
I still love the idea of a /now page, but I haven't updated it for nearly a year. My intention was to update once a quarter. So what happened? Well, I did not anticipate having to share bad news. Shortly after my last update, some bad things happened. I still don't know how to share bad news on a broadcast medium. I guess if you want to know, I am probably okay sharing with you in some private channel.
This year started with anger, sadness, and more self-reflection than typical new year's resolve. It took many months to get over that. Even now as I am writing this in a Starbucks in Stockholm, I am slightly tearing up remembering the first few months of this year. I am still angry about what happened. My hate fire is still burning, but I have put it in a stove, set a kettle on top, and have been making some lovely tea.
I would not recommend working at Spotify.
The last year
I started a new job at InVision on my 1 year anniversary of living in Sweden. You might not have heard of the company, but your designer friends most certainly have. I am working as an engineering manager. I have done several types of management: startup co-founder, engineering lead, project manager, and product manager. But I had never been a line manager. I figured out what I wanted to do next next, evaluated my skill gaps, and concluded that was the work experience and skill I would most benefit from gaining. I am happy working at InVision.
I would spend a long weekend of thinking about things with these beautiful minds and hearts again. #ABQ12 pic.twitter.com/NsizFEB9LG— Jeremiah Lee (@JeremiahLee) June 18, 2018
I spent 3 days in New Mexico just thinking with a group of people who also wanted to spend 3 days in deep thought. I need to write more about this incredible experience, but Steve got it started.
Having hair, a shirt, or shoes worthy of remark is a good way to get people to talk to you if you—like me—want to meet people at conferences but feel awkward starting conversations. Yesterday someone asked if I was in sales. Today someone asked if I was a social media influencer. pic.twitter.com/kzfOB9oH1v— Jeremiah Lee (@JeremiahLee) May 18, 2018
I spoke at several conferences, but the final thought in a talk I gave 2 years ago kept haunting me as many data privacy and unethical technology scandals happened this year.
Who wore it better? (Shush, I know Daniel Craig did.) pic.twitter.com/yfFTzdfYyb— Jeremiah Lee (@JeremiahLee) November 1, 2018
I have spent more time in the gym this year than any previous year. I did an intense 3-month program with a trainer and spent the rest of the year training at Barry's Bootcamp five times a week. My fitness goal used to be to look like an Abercrombie model. These days, my goal is to be like Jack Lalanne, a lean, well-muscled man even at age 70.
Celebrate #EuroPride with Pride v2 for #FitbitIonic and #FitbitVersa! Now includes Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Bear, Genderqueer, Intersex, Non-binary, and Pansexual flag color options. (Am I missing a design? Let me know!)— Jeremiah Lee (@JeremiahLee) July 30, 2018
Get it: https://t.co/JdzLkHin5T #Made4Fitbit pic.twitter.com/F7s8sUKdFD
I released my first Fitbit smartwatch watchface for LGBTQ+ Pride. It includes flags from over 10 queer communities. If you have a Fitbit Ionic or Versa and are reading this on your phone, tap here to get the watchface.
Should I setup a webcam of my new view of Stockholm (looking at Djurgården from Nacka)? The boats in the archipelago are mesmerizing. pic.twitter.com/42Yk1YYt1u— Jeremiah Lee (@JeremiahLee) October 16, 2018
Arthur and I purchased our first home in October! Home ownership has been a dream of mine since the first time I watched HGTV as kid. It's pretty amazing as-is, but we are imagining some kitchen and bathroom renovations. I can't wait to finally paint and wallpaper some walls.
Arthur and I also celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in October. We were too poor to take a honeymoon when we got married and then just never got around to it. We took our first spare-no-expense vacation by going to the Maldives. It was one of the best weeks of my life. 14 years has not felt like a long time to love Arthur. I hope for many, many more.
This past week, we hosted Arthur's family in Sweden for Thanksgiving. We had 22 people for an evening of gratitude. I have never felt more grateful in my life.
This past weekend, Arthur and I attended TEDxStockholm. The talks were incredible and left me inspired to get back to writing. I drafted so much in the first three months of this year. It's time to get back to my daily writing habit and publish those thoughts. I started with this update.
Thanks to Taylor Davidson for the /now page tip.