On 2015

Today marks the final day of 2015…and it has been one hell of a roller coaster for me! Fortunately, the year started and ended on a high note.

In January, we finished the final main piece of the Dynamic Learning Maps project over at KU before start rolling it out to the states. It was the culmination of five years of long and hard work, and I was proud to be there for the final year. Kids in 30 states will now be able to be better tested on their intelligence, despite having cognitive handicaps.

In March, I traveled across the western half of the country, starting in Chicago, then making my way out to Albuquerque and Cheyenne. I saw a lot of awesome natural beauty and got to hang out with good friends.

During the first six months of the year, I prepared for what has become one of the biggest moments of my life: gastric bypass surgery. Prior to surgery, I lost 40 pounds over five months. Since surgery on June 29, I have lost an additional 104 pounds, with more to come in 2016.

On August 4, I said goodbye to my friends and coworkers a KU, as my contract was not renewed. It was disappointing to leave, as I had enjoyed my time there. I had launched a job search in April though, because I knew the possibility of being let go was there. From April until earlier this month, I put out over 400 applications and was interviewed about 30 times. Sadly, all of the hard work lead to one job offer back at KU that I could not accept. Without a doubt, the last four months of this year were incredibly difficult.

Which leads us to today, where I am back in business for myself again. This was not in the plans, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. But I am enjoying the work and the money that it brings at this time, so I am definitely not going to complain.

I hope you were able to have great growth and enjoyment in 2015…though I hope you did not have to go through the extremes that I did. May your 2016 be a happy and healthy one!

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