It’s January 31, 2021.

I’m sitting cross-legged on my couch, covered in my favorite fuzzy couch-blanket, trying to avoid acknowledging the burning desire in the back of my head to get up and search for my hoodie. The exhaust fan hums loudly from my small studio kitchen, because I forgot to turn it off after cooking three frozen chapatis for dinner earlier. I’m tired and lazy, sue me. The lights are turned on to the “Dimmed” setting on my Philips Hue app — except for the ones above my home office/living room. I’ve got eight thousand lumens dangling from a one-to-seven E27 socket splitter just waiting to be unleashed upon my poor sleepy retinas, and frankly I just, like, don’t need that in my life right now. xD

It’s been a month since the New Year. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a year-transition blog post, but I wasn’t ready. It’s the weekend again now, though, and I think it’s time — time to procrastinate on going to bed by ending my procrastination on writing this, I mean!

It’s been a wild couple of years.

I went into 2019 with newfound self-awareness and purpose. I was emerging from a tough couple of years and I was determined to focus on applying what I’d learned to achieve a dramatic shift in the direction of my life — to get my shit together.

I’m going into 2021 with a feeling of triumph, because my shit is more together than it’s been in a very long time. I’ve integrated practicality into a life that was once dominated by abstract thought and ideology. I’m spending more time on what I enjoy and what I’m passionate about, and less time on the noise.

At work, I finally got promoted to Senior Engineer after 2019. That turned out to be a harder nut to crack than I expected! In 2020, I helped roll out DNS over HTTPS to Firefox users—something I’m particularly proud to have contributed to. This year I’m transitioning over to the Necko team at Mozilla to work on Firefox’s networking stack. I don’t think I’ve been this excited since I got accepted for my first GSoC project in 2013! Working on privacy features in my previous role was what I suspect will be a pivotal experience when I look back from the future, but I’m ready to do something new.

Outside of work, the quality of my relationships feels higher than ever, and I’ve picked up a few new ones too. I’m so grateful to and in awe of the people in my life, watching as they struggle with, and overcome, the challenges of life. Cheers to you all!

I turned 27 this year. That means I’m in my late twenties, and I can’t help but fixate on the idea of soon being 30. The next three years are looking open yet critical to define the manner in which I’ll enter the next decade of my life, and I’m feeling confident and prepared.

Happy 2021!

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