Christmas Card 2013

390991_10100699570961227_456636940_nThis year has gone by incredibly quickly. From teaching myself computer programming, to relocating out of San Diego to Los Angeles and starting a new career. I feel like 2013 just started, yet it is quickly drawing to a close.

Around this time last year I started to realize that DJing was not something that I was interested in doing later in life, so a change seemed in order. I quit DJing cold-turkey (NYE 2013 was my last gig), and taught myself how to program. I was living in San Diego at the time, and for 6 months I studied in and out of various Coffee Shops, took on small internship gigs, and networked my way into a job offer in Los Angeles at a company called EdgeCast.

EdgeCastEdgeCast is a major provider of the internet’s infrastructure. I have been working as a UI Engineer for the past 8 months, writing web software to help the company identify issues with it’s global network. The code I write every day is used to keep sites like Twitter, Tumbler, Hulu, SoundCloud, BuzzFeed, and many other huge internet giants operating fast. This month EdgeCast was purchased by Verizon, so it looks like 2014 will be no less interesting than 2013 as I will soon be developing monitoring tools for Verizon’s massive telecommunications network.

Flower GypsiesI was lucky enough to have an amazing & supportive girlfriend, Gabby, who quit her job down in San Diego and moved up to Los Angeles with me. In the last several months she has started her own awesome apparel business called Flower Gypsies. She makes amazing artisan flower crowns, and has made quite a big impact in a small amount of time. Her Flower Gypsy crowns are already being sold in 5 locations, and she has recently scored some amazing collaborations with other brands that are high up in he fashion industry. I couldn’t be more proud of her, and thankful for her support over the crazy last 12 months.

Gabby and RileyIn short, I’ve had an unbelievably lucky past year, full of opportunity and “right-place-right-time” scenarios. It appears I made it through the Rat Race of what is the millennial generation’s post-college crappy job market plague. This past year has been, and continues to be a super stressful year, but I have been blessed with the opportunity to be able to build unimaginable work experience with the support of those closest to me. Without my amazing girlfriend Gabby, and the support of my parents, this year would not have been nearly as spectacular as it has been, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to my family, and friends who have stuck with me through this crazy time. 2014 has had a lot of good groundwork laid for it to be another outstanding 12 months, and I am super stoked to see what the future might have in store. Happy Holidays!

Enjoy some cool snapshots of my past year of existence:

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