2016 Accomplishments

written by Marie

Last updated on: February 17, 2017

Published on January 3, 2017



My friend Sarah Withee wrote an article about her accomplishments in 2015. She inspired me to do the same. By taking the time to write a list of what we have accomplished well in the year, it allows us to realize that we have a lot of things to be proud of! As human beings, we tend to forget our good moves too easily and only remember what went wrong…

My successes in 2016

  • First internship in software engineering. I worked at Greencopper where I developed mobiles apps for music festivals around the world
  • Learned Objective-C
  • I coded for the first time in Python
  • Now, I know how Git works in command lines
  • I write some lines of code in NodeJS
  • I learned that we can play the dinosaur game when we don’t have the internet…yep, took me a long time to figure that out lol
  • Bought a Macbook Pro in March 2016 – I don’t regret it!
  • I sold my Samsung Galaxy S4 and I bought an iPhone 7
  • Launched my blog Girlknowstech in March – I missed writing
  • Improved significantly my English writing skills
  • Created my Instagram account which has 6745 followers
  • I went from Hotmail to Gmail
  • Attended my first hackathon, and then 2 more during the year
  • I went to Toronto for IEEE N3xt
  • Took part in 2 two-day conferences (WTM and WordCamp MTL)
  • First mentoring experience with Ladies Learning Code
  • I got straight A’s at university
  • My wardrobe is mostly composed of programming/swag t-shirts


In another article, I’ll share with you my professional and blogging goals for 2017!

What about you? Share with me some of your accomplishments in comments. I’ll be glad to know a bit more about your successes! We need to be proud of ourselves!

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Christer Egon Eckermann January 3, 2017 - 10:08 pm

The blog has become really neat after the update. Awesome to hear what you have achieved in a year! 🙂 My favourite quote I discovered in 2016 was: You overestimate what you can achieve in a day, but underestimate what you can achieve in a year.

On the other hand, I’m very happy that I’ve been able to explore lots of new technologies this year, valuable to seek new methods to do things (even if you end up not using it).

Marie January 3, 2017 - 10:52 pm

Thank you for your comment! 🙂 I recognize you from instagram! Love your quote! I just saw you also posted an article about 2016 today on your blog! 😉 I’m glad you like the new design, it means a lot to me! 🙂

Christer Egon Eckermann January 4, 2017 - 4:14 pm

Yes! 😀 Summarising the year is very valuable, to see what works out and pivot yourself in the direction you actually want to go! 🙂
The quote is from the “Onward Creatives” podcast. ^_^

Marie January 9, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Exactly! This podcast looks interesting! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

Marie January 9, 2017 - 2:17 pm

Thank you so much! Your opinion means a lot to me! I really like your quote! I should write it somewhere! Thanks for your comment again Christer!

Dami January 4, 2017 - 4:24 pm

This is cool! For me, the main thing I achieved last year was learning how to effectively combine programming with school.

Marie January 9, 2017 - 2:14 pm

What are you studying in?! 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

Deirra Footman January 5, 2017 - 6:23 pm

I love your blog! It’s very neat and clean. I’ve been working hard to redesign mine. Any tips?

Marie January 9, 2017 - 2:12 pm

Hi Deirra!

Actually, I am writing a blog post about tips to choose the right theme and design for our blog. I learned a lot in the process and I can’t wait to share what I learned!

If I could say a few tips, it’s to look at reviews of your theme, the support you can get from the people that created the theme. If you are doing a multilingual blog, you should check if it’s compatible with your translation plugin. Also, I don’t want to pay another theme in a year, so I also checked for a theme with a lot of settings available.

Oh! The most important thing is to look at a lot of different themes, and when you have an idea of what you want to do, make a list of all the important elements you want to have in you theme. Write it on a piece of paper.

And then you’ll be able to look for the PERFECT theme!

Sorry if that was VERY long! xx

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