2015 was a blast!! I had trouble keeping my list to “only” 15 great experiences, but here are my favorites:
1. Visiting Iguazu Falls in Argentina and making my location independent dreams a reality!
2. My trip to China and Nigeria— a super cool, if jet lagged, project doing in home interviews with teens.
3. Getting some culture shock closer to home while doing work with a Native American tribe in North Carolina.
4. Taking an improv comedy class and seeing so many parallels to research.
5. Doing a lot more online qualitative projects: This was a 2015 goal and I’m delighted to now be proficient in multiple platforms.
6. Great relationships with some QRCA pals– I started an online “water cooler” to dish and share resources with five other researchers.
7. Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders right before I left NYC– Not research-related but I loved this!
8. Coworking: As always, I’m a fan. Four spaces this year, in Buenos Aires, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Brooklyn.
9. Joining the board of Little Essentials, an awesome Brooklyn-based non-profit, as their data wonk.
10. Working with my great artist friend on custom research-themed holiday cards (for the fifth year in a row!).
11. Getting a paper published in the Journal of Official Statistics (after two years of revisions!).
12. Teaching a summer class in Questionnaire Design at the University of Michigan (It’s happening again in 2016!).
13. Heading into the woods for a footwear project involving “hike alongs” with millennials.
14. Working with 11 repeat and 6 new clients– I am so grateful to all of them for being amazing partners and smart thinkers.
15. And finally, TWO calls on December 23 for interesting projects that will start 2016 off with a bang!