Reflection of 2019 and what’s up for 2020!!

varuna srivastava
4 min readJan 1, 2020

One sentence for 2019: An year of speaking at international conferences

-2019 ConSelenium 2019 Improving Test run time using AWS Lambda,

-2019 German Testing Days June 7th 2019 Improving Test run time using AWS Lambda

-2019 KCDC Kansa Beyond Performance using Taurus

-2019 StarCanada 2019 October 23rd workshop Advance principles of API testing

-2019 Software-QS-Tag October 24th October 25th, Level up your quality Gear

-2019 Agile automation Days Poland, Improving Test run time using AWS Lambda

January: Slow and lazy January

It all started with browsing Canada weather, getting the documents ready for visa processing. Applying to more conferences. Spending more time with Parents as they were in Bangalore. Vacating our rented home in BTM :(. Multiple frequent visits to Jayanagar Bangalore. It was like everyday hubby would be sending the pic of his experiments on dinner!!

February: Happiest month of 2019

yes, it is needless to say that I was waiting for this February for a long time. Many eventful things happened on professional and personal end in Feb 2019. Landing in Toronto on Feb 1st :). I was amazed at the nicest immigration officer at Toronto International airport I have ever seen. They made me feel welcomed to Toronto and guided me out of the way.

Thanks, Canada for making me feel welcomed, home away from home!

Our first Valentine day after the wedding and first time me trying my hands-on baking chocolate cake. It turned quite well as per hubby. I thought it should be little moister :)

The most special one in February was our first wedding anniversary. It was exciting until the last moment when we had to cancel our plans due to weather warning alerts. Hubby keeps surprising me with his culinary skills and this time it was Aglio Olio Pasta :). The best part was we recorded our feeling of 365 days of togetherness. We started settling in Canada and I started spending a significant amount of time on writing proposals for conferences!! It was a month of landing in a new Country, living independently, new client, new project, new office, playing in the snow and our first wedding anniversary!!

March: Happy birthday to me

Sunset view from our balcony

The weather started getting slightly better. We were in full swing working on our new clients. We miss home at times due to time zone difference of making a call back to India!! The morning rush of prepping breakfast running to catch TTC. Started learning how to carefully walk-in ice. Sorting the grocery, finding the Indian stores :) Craving for filter coffee and commuting 15 miles to have it!! A birthday in Toronto with lots of surprise by hubby. Exciting to get birthday wishes in different timezone starting from Singapore to India to Toronto!! A time to reflect what do I wanna do as I am growing up :)

April: Speaking a ConSelenium, Lodz Poland & First trip within Canada on hubby’s birthday

May: A month of prepping for German Testing Days 2019

June: Speaking at German Testing Days and our first euro trip as a couple

July: Enjoyed the beach in Toronto. A warm sunny Toronto

August: I marked the decade anniversary of working in the IT industry. From a school gal developer to Lead QA at Thoughtworks!!

September: Our’s engagement anniversary :)

October: A month of conference and euro trip

November: A month of planning and packing for India :)

December: A brother’s wedding, family get together. Need to take more care of health not too well!!

What to do more in 2020

  1. Try to get the things pending from 2019 list or strikeout :)
  2. Try to be more active on twitter
  3. Start reading non-technical books
  4. How about one blog a month
  5. Take good care of health and have some discipline in eating

Wishing you all a very happy 2020!!