Thomas Bishop

๐Ÿ‘‹ Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 ๐Ÿ‘‹

If there was one word to describe my 2017, it’d be “bittersweet”. It’s sometimes hard to look around at the world and feel optimistic, but the past year has also been the best of my life. Here were some of the highlights.

I asked, she said yes.

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I asked and she said yes ๐Ÿ’

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We continued raising a ridiculously awesome 3-year-old…

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After a lengthy job hunt, I landed my dream job at Automattic, where I’m lucky enough to build products I love, with people I look up to, at a company I believe in.

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W all the things! #automattic #wordpress

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โœ๏ธย I started writing more, especially for our Automatticย productย design blogs but also started blogging personally on this site.

โœˆ๏ธย I traveled some for work…

…to Whistler, Canada for the Grand Meetup

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Lake Alta #a8cgm

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…and Detroit.

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Hannah took me to St. Louis to see Dawes

…to Marquette, Michigan to visit family.

Went to Wisconsin’s Northwoods to relax with family on our yearly up north vacation.

Hannah and I went to Los Angeles, twice…

…we saw Conan…

…and went to Las Vegas to see Backstreet Boys.

I played Mile of Musicย with RedHawks for the fifth year in a row…

I bid farewell to my beloved Mini Cooper (RIP) and welcomed a new ๐Ÿš—ย Subaruย to the family…

Subaru outback

…and my team won their second consecutive Stanley Cup.ย ๐Ÿ†

Looking Forward

๐Ÿšซย Simplify

It’s a daily struggle to sort through the noise to be productive. In 2016, I cut out Facebook News Feed and it had a huge effect. I plan to do the same with Twitter for at least part of the year.ย I’m taking it as a personal challenge to beย as orย more informed while consuming less.

โณย Build Routine

Because of the way my mind won’t turn off when I’m done working for the day (primarily because I’m loving/obsessed with what I’m working on), I’m going to put some focus on building a routine to achieve a better life/work balance andย more importantly, being more present at home.

๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธย Find Clarity and Calm

Life can get stressful and clutter the brain. I started meditating twice daily in December (highly recommend Calmย app), and it’s had a really positive effect thus far. I intend on continuing this and finding more ways to find mental clarity, calm, and focus.

๐Ÿ“ฃย Be a Better Communicator

Being a designer is largely about being a great communicator of ideas. I’m hoping to improve my writing skills in addition to design-specific skills like attention to detail, critiques, and product thinking/process.


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7 responses to “๐Ÿ‘‹ Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 ๐Ÿ‘‹”

  1. Arun Sathiya Avatar

    Congratulations again on landing your dream job at Automattic, Thomas! 2017 seems to have been fun, I wish 2018 is equally good. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Thomas Bishop

      Thanks, Arun! 2018 is lookinโ€™ good so far ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Ray Sensenbach ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ (@ll_coolray) Avatar

    Great post โ€“ย especially loved “build products I love, with people I look up to, at a company I believe in”. That’s the dream, my friend! Happy new years

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      Thomas Bishop

      Thanks bud! Hope youโ€™ve been well! Happy New Year!

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  3. Darshan Gajara Avatar

    That was one heck of an year, Thomas. Liked what you did at the end of the post, hope you achieve them and more in 2018.

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  4. Finding Focus in the Chaos – Thomas Bishop Avatar

    […] tuned into the subtle ways it was affecting me. But around the end of 2017 when I was doing a yearly retrospective, I realized that when I had meditated regularly, I experienced more clarity, focus, and general […]

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