2020 was an unusual and hard year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its tragic (mental) health and economic consequences, police brutality that led to social unrest, and a shameful last term of the Trump presidency. However, on a personal note, there are so many things to be thankful for. Therefore, per tradition, I want to share this year's highlights with you.
I became a US citizen in January. Together with 1,358 immigrants from 99 countries, I celebrated my dual American-German citizenship in Oakland's Paramount Theatre of the Arts. This formality allowed me to participate as a voter in the Democratic primaries and the historic presidential election.
|🇺🇸🇩🇪 Welcome to America! 🇺🇸🇩🇪|
After the big ultrasound, we officially shared the good news that a baby boy would join us in July. As a fourth of Course Hero's workforce are parents, my manager and colleagues reacted wonderfully when I told them. While this SHOULD be the case, I encourage all mamas and papas to be to share their news proudly. Bonding time is really important, and parents add new perspectives to their work upon return.
|👼🏼👼🏼 Hello, world! 👼🏼👼🏼|
Carlos' birthday was one of the last social gatherings with friends before the city, state, and the country went into a COVID-19 lockdown. While we didn't know it back then, it was good to see our group of friends and share many hugs without distance nor masks.
|🎈🎈 Feliz cumpleaños! 🎈🎈|
After getting a private showing, we made an offer for a Victorian single-family house in the Mission. After moving in we realized, that we have common friends with our direct neighbors and that Philipp who I know through the local German community lives on our block as well. Small world!
|🗝️🏡 Home sweet, home! 🗝️🏡|
|📸📸 by @nataliaborecka 🙏🏽🙏🏽|
|⚽🇩🇪 Honoring our German heritage ⚽🇩🇪|
|🎧🎧 My Silicon Valley Update 🎧🎧|
|🍛🍛 Yummy home-cooked dinner 🍛🍛|