I love writing these “State of the Union” blog posts. It’s always fun to take a look at what I was feeling during a different point in my life.
2011 End of the Year Update
So let’s recap on what did in 2011.
- Run through Writing your first Django app
Nope didn’t do this.
- Write 18 blog posts and improve my online presence
- Save $5000 by the end of 2011
- Complete the marathon
I didn’t do this on my birthday, however I accomplished this in 2012!
- Average 7 hours a week about something I’m passionate about
This was a funny goal now thinking about what happened in 2012. The majority of my time was spent focusing on the Hawaii tech scene and building up HI Capacity. 7 hours a week huh? 364 hours of working on something I’m passionate about. I think I hit that goal before the middle of the year. Doing things like:
- Working with The Box Jelly to get HI Capacity a physical space
- Participating in Node Knockout
- Participating in Startup Weekend
- Organzing meetups and nerdy things
What happened in 2012
And then there was 2012. What. a. year.
2012 was about firsts. The craziest thing was buying a one way ticket to Washington D.C. for Hungry Acadmey. It was 5 months of intensive Ruby and Rails training. I learned so much and pushed my self so hard. It was such an amazing and life changing experience. My work there enabled me to be hired as a web developer at LivingSocial.
Living in a completely different city changed my outlook on how I live now. Having a car isn’t the best thing in the world. Driving is terrible. Walking to work, riding a train (which is where I’m writing this blog), hopping on a metro is the best way to travel. I love being in an urban environment. My trip to New York City was amazing! I’m going to live there.
Among other things I did, here’s the random breakdown:
- Rode a train for the first time
- Sky diving
- Moved into a terrible smelling apartment, then upgraded to an great place in walking distance to work.
- Went to a ton of baseball games including games 4 and 5 of the NLDS where I witnessed a walk-off home run and a crushing collapse.
- Tubing in a river!
- Attended a Code Retreat in Floyd, Virginia.
- Visted Quinn and Sue in Lusby, Maryland in a Mini Cooper (Go ZipCar!)
- Experienced my first white Christmas in Baltimore. Snowball fight included.
What’s coming up in 2013?
As the years go by as a developer, I find myself focusing less on software and more on my life. There are things I want to do this year besides hack on all the things. And while I’m still hacking on all the things, I don’t want it to compeletely take over my life.
I had an interesting conversation with my roommate the other day. We talked about the movie Looper. (Spoiler Alert) In the movie there is a point where the “loop is closed” on a looper. Basically you know you’re going to die in 30 years. What would do if you knew the exact date when you would die? I’m sure you would live your life completely different. What’s odd is when you think about it, we know with an approximation of when we’re going to die. In the best case we’ll live till we’re 80. In the worst case, the next minute or so might not be so good. If I know with a reasonable expection when the end is coming, why don’t I live like I’m going to die young? (Yes Kesha is great)
So what am I doing this year? How am I going to push myself to be proud of the way I spend my days.
I’m going to be 30 in 2013. Here’s a list of 20 things I want do:
- Eat at Sushi Taro
- Smithsonian Aerospace Museum
- NFL Game
- NHL Game
- NBA game
- MLS game
- Black Friday Shopping
- Trout fly fishing
- Camping in the mountains
- Watch the fireworks on the Mall
- Visit the National Zoo
- Visit the Newseum
- FRENCH LAUNDRY OMG
- Add physical photos and cards to an album
- Read 3 wine books
- Flavor Profiling
- Eat at Ray’s Hell Burger
- Participate in an introductory online French course
- Watch a baseball game at Fenway.
Over the course of the year I’m going to complete these activities. I’m to trading my days for something I’ve never experienced before.
Now onto my technical goals. That’s a little bit harder. I never thought I would say that.
Here’s what I want to do.
- Re-write Playlistdio with Rails and a relational database.
- Finish a super secret game clone.
- Contribute to an open source library.
- Go to DC tech meetups
- Volunteer at CodeNow
- Compete in hackathons!
Onward into 2013!Comments