10 Things I Learned in 2021

Reflecting before Looking Forward

‘Tine Zekis
2 min readJan 9, 2022


A person sitting in a sunny field, holding a large mirror. We can see a reflection the person’s smiling face in the mirror.
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After reading Jillian Somera’s piece on annual reflections rather than resolutions, I realized the extent to which honing my own goal-setting has hinged on self-awareness and deliberate reflection. I typically try to carry these learnings from month to month, and from year to year. But without writing them down, I’m still just kind of winging it. So, in the name of posterity, here’s a record of 2021’s lessons.

  1. Depression is not limited to specific episodes; it’s not an on-off switch, but rather an ebb and flow that accompanies various seasons of life.
  2. Children can adapt to almost anything.
  3. Filing for an LLC is not actually that complicated (at least, logistically).
  4. It’s possible for me to drink 8 cups of water in a day, now that we’ve debunked the myth that caffeinated tea doesn’t count.
  5. Having a creative outlet is crucial to my success and happiness.
  6. I can come back to a hard thing and finish it (article on my 18-year crochet project coming soon!).
  7. I love bullet journaling.
  8. Sometimes lists need a little bit of padding (okay, technically, I learned that one in 2022).
  9. Imposter Syndrome isn’t just about your career or your studies; you can feel like an imposter in any aspect of your life from “adulting” to parenting to styling your hair.
  10. I can absolutely pull off a Mohawk.

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‘Tine Zekis

Christine (‘Tine) Zekis is a keynote speaker, software engineer, and Imposter Syndrome coach. She champions diversity, equity, and belonging in tech.