Andy Van Slaars

Andy Van Slaars

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Giving Thanks - 2019 ๐Ÿฆƒ ๐Ÿ”

November 27, 2019

I wrote one of these last year and joked that I was likely to let this year slip. Well, I managed to follow through, so Iโ€™ll start with being thankful for a small amount of follow through ๐Ÿ˜„.

Family ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง

I said it last year, and Iโ€™ll say it every year. First and foremost, Iโ€™m thankful for my family. My wife is my partner in crime and has my back in the bad times and is there to celebrate with me in the good times. She is an outstanding mom to our delightful daughter. Our daughter is growing up so fast and she is honestly amazing. Sheโ€™s smart and thoughtful and has all the personality! Spending time with her brings me endless joy. They are my inspiration and the driving force behind just about everything I do.

Nature and good friends ๐Ÿ”

This year, we traveled to Asheville, NC and rented a house in the mountains near with some friends for Thanksgiving. We are nestled in the mountain side and the sound of a rushing water and several waterfalls are ever present. Itโ€™s a much needed retreat from what has been a very busy year of travel and work.

Here are a few pictures I grabbed on a morning hike that started right out the back door ๐Ÿ˜.

water cascading down some rocks
Water cascading down some rocks in a mountain stream
Mushrooms growing on a log
Mushrooms growing on a log
a small waterfall in the woods framed by mossy trees
a small waterfall in the woods framed by mossy trees

egghead.io ๐ŸŽค ๐Ÿ’ป

I didnโ€™t produce a ton of new content this year, but I managed to put out a few videos. I continue to be thankful that I get to be part of something as amazing as what John, Joel, and the rest of the team have created at egghead.io.

Work ๐Ÿ’ป ๐Ÿก

I continue to work remotely, and am thankful every day that I donโ€™t have to leave the house or spend hours every day away from my family. I can focus on my work and still enjoy the occasional lunch with my wife and daughter and at the end of the work day, Iโ€™m immediately home with my family.

My job continues to be challenging and I am fortunate to work with some fantastic people. Iโ€™ve recently taken on some new responsibilities and I am eager to dive in and rise to the challenges that await me. Iโ€™m pretty confident that 2020 is going to be an exciting year for me at Cengage.