Dessy Chongarova

  1. I got a new job

    I started the year with my first full time job as web designer. Best team ever, best boss ever, best process ever! Working on a digital product is totally for me. Getting user feedback fascinates me and the possibility to make things better and better with every iteration is very fulfilling. I learned SASS and got hooked on User Experience. I started using Git and stopped being afraid of the Terminal. We launched a private beta some days ago and now I can’t wait to work on a live product with real customers.

  2. I worked on side projects

    I started working on an app which will be fighting discrimination against minorities by letting people geotag offensive graffiti. Overpainting workshops will be organised as a result. I also did a couple of client websites and practised Responsive Web Design, SASS, WordPress Theme development and other skills that I otherwise might not use on my day job.

  3. I travelled

    In 2013 I visited Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Germany, Hungary, Israel and England!

    It was my first time in Istanbul (stayed in Kadıköy, fell in love with it!) and Berlin (not my type of city, but meeting Devendra Banhart on the street and seeing him play live was totally worth it!). Belgrade confirmed itself as a great party destination with awesome Couchsurfing hosts. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rocked at the Exit festival in Novi Sad.

    Warsaw in February is not the place to be (especially without warm boots), while Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited, with some of the best bars and cafes (particularly in the Jewish Neighbourhood). As for Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Negev desert, I should either say nothing or write a separate post!

    I visited my mom for Christmas and I was happy to share the London experience with Ivan.

    In 2014 we’re thinking about travelling to Morocco and Greece. Sicily has been a dream destination of mine for a while and I would also like to scuba dive again. Renewing my USA visa in order to travel to New York and visit family in Boston is also on the list.

  4. I stayed physically and mentally healthy

    I started the year with a one-month detoxication (no meat, no salt, no sugar, no gluten, no preservatives). Maybe the best outcome of this was that I had to cook for myself, which felt like taking care of myself. I also kept eating healthy after I finished the diet, but during the last months of the year things got a bit out of control.

    I kept trying running from time to time, but it still seems impossible to get hooked on. I was doing Yoga regularly, but I dislocated my shoulder in October and used that as an excuse to skip all kind of exercise for too long. I want to start this year with a well-balanced combination of healthy food regime and regular exercise and to finish it in a similar manner.

  5. I fell in love