01 Jan Hello 2020!
Today is the last day of 2019. Looking back, I think my theme for this year has been **growth**. I learned about [crucial conversations](https://www.vitalsmarts.com/crucial-conversations-training/). I [searched inside myself](https://siyli.org/). I started meditating. I started [bouldering](https://firstascentclimbing.com/). I picked up a new instrument. I made new friends. I started working at [Chronicle](https://chronicle.security/). Recently I took some time to read through my diary entries since 2011. To me, being able to have these kinds of retrospectives was always the main point of keeping a diary. An interesting thing I noticed was the slight shift in core values. It wasn't a big change -- it was a re-prioritization. I found it fascinating that core values really don't change much, which sounds obvious when you think about what the word "core" means. But considering how much everything else in the world changes... I also noticed a difference in what I wrote about in my diary 9 years ago compared to now. I used to go into a lot of detail about everything, to the point where I'd average more than 10,000 words per month! More recently, I have around 5,000. I guess that's normal, since I have considerably less free time now than I did when I was in school. I remember when I was in elementary school, one assignment was to write about what the year 2020 holds for us. The teacher said we had to begin the essay with "In the year 2020, I will be XX years old." I wrote that I would be the president of the United States. I think I'm quite okay with that not happening! It will be 2020 in less than four hours. I'm looking forward to the new year and continuing on theme of growth. To my family and friends, I hope the same for you too. Happy 2020!