Yep. It’s that time of the year again.
Time for the Ressler annual update.
This year was the closest to me actually giving up on doing this. I think it was the 32nd tinyprints card I got where I said to myself – “should I just give up and succumb to the tinyprint photo machines?”
But I’m still here, so let’s do this - 11th annual update here we go.
Let’s walk through 2015.
Two milestones were celebrated in 2015 that I believe go together. I turned 35, which mean I’m out of the coveted 18-34-target audience for marketers. My second child (Adrian) was born.
Something about 35 plus a double stroller just equals legitimate adult in my mind. Which is kind of hard to believe.
The fact there’s an oldies hip-hop station where I grew up that plays Mase, Puff Daddy, and early Nelly also confirms it (the best hip-hop of the late 90s and the early 00’s is their tagline). The fact that I like it is another story.
Back to the kid situation. Nico is now three years old and loving a life full of Spanglish, Paw Patrol, Ninjas, and watching YouTube videos of other kids unwrapping toys. He’s enjoyed being an older brother way more than I thought and has officially surpassed his father in Spanish skills (although c’mon buddy, I know ‘agua’ means water you don’t have to translate it every time).
Little Adrian decided to wait 10 days past his due date and was born Oct 11th. Those 10 days were probably the best vacation in years as my work calendar was clean, Nico was at daycare, so Eli and I had a lot of lunches and day movies together. Adrian (knock on wood) has been a really chill kid so far with the only downside was his parents’ overestimate of people’s pronunciation abilities (Ah Dree On vs Rocky’s “ADRIANNE” vs just giving up and calling him AJ).
Eli had her own awesome year. Besides giving birth to an awesome son (no big deal), she officially got her U.S. citizenship and is ready for her 2016 vote. We stayed in DC in 2015 where Eli was on a mix of sabbatical, working remote, and continual research. The rest of my family is healthy and happy. My mother is busier than me in retirement in Cincinnati and spends a lot of time with my sister and the two cousins in Columbus (as well as coming to DC). My stepsister also had her 2nd child in ’15 so lots of kid time in DC and visits from my father and stepmother.
At work, things continue to go well. GovLoop is up to 250,000+ members, ~30 staff,, and we moved into new cool space with the requisite standing desks/free Friday breakfast/ping pong (no wonder we won one of Washington Post’s Best Places to Work). Additionally, we acquired an online training community TMGov and I took additional responsibilities at our parent company GovDelivery where I’m now also the CMO in addition to GovLoop items. And last but not least, I’m finally a regular at a classy lunch spot due to my frequency of work lunches (Yes the place is kind of dead, but “Mr. Ressler!!!” gets the prime booth as if I tipped in hundred dollar bills instead of 20%).
On a personal/professional level, I was fortunate to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program this year co-hosted by Clinton and Bush Foundation. We got to visit 6 presidential libraries in six months, met amazing leaders like Condi Rice, Hank Paulson, Presidents 42 and 43, and some cool spots like Little Rock and College Station (Oh wait). Really though, the highlight was meeting and spending lots of time with 60 of the most interesting, ambitious, successful, and humble people I’ve met.
Other travel this year included a family vacation in West Virginia, family visits to Cincinnati and North Carolina, work trips to Minnesota/Philly/Baltimore/Portland, and “boys” trip to NCAA tournament in Pittsburgh.
I always like to share things that I’m into for the year. As I get older, this list gets more embarrassing but we shall continue. Recent favorites include Elmo movie at Air and Space Museum, two La Colombe coffee shops within .25 miles from my house, the new LinkedIn app (not bad really), Spotify Discover Weekly, my WSJ subscription (academic pricing), walking to work, Empire (TV + soundtrack), my standing desk at work, Michelle’s granola, and La Croix.
If in D.C. (whether live here or visiting), let’s grab a coffee or lunch in the New Year. Same email (steve at govloop dot com or sressler at gmail) and phone (202 445 0084).