This year definitely had some firsts for me.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward…” Steve Jobs

First and foremost, I was swooped out of Shopify with the second big wave of terminations in May. Of course, I had been between jobs before. But never - since high school - was I out of a job for longer than a month. This summer marked the first time of me being unemployed for several months.

It felt very weird. I had always been working, always traveling and even when I was home, my mind was constantly spinning around that one problem that still needed a fix.

Certainly, there was a lot to learn in that period - about me (maybe more on that in a later blog post) about employment law (certainly more on that in a later blog post), and about the job market and my place in it (probably out of date by the time I’d get to writing about it).

“… you can only connect them looking backwards. …” Steve Jobs, continued

But, as so many times in my life before, I was very fortunate and found a new home at Lotum. Here I get to work with great people and meet even more people from all over the tech landscape - not to mention getting to host a podcast- and meetup series. In short, all the stuff I loved as parts of my previous jobs, but now I get to do them almost exclusivly.

I have always loved this speech by Steve Jobs, but never before in my life has it hit closer to home than this year.

Hence, let us close with:

“… So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs, continued