A New Year

Wow have I have missed a little over a month and it’s the start of a new year, so I am thinking this might be a long one.

It has just been over a year since I left my job in commercial insurance underwriting.  It really does not feel that long ago.  I still feel that it was the best decision I have made and feel completely happy with it.  I feel so much better mentally and physically.  I have learned a lot about myself during this time and what I want to do when I grow up (LOL!).  Coding fills that workaholic need I still have for detail oriented work and love that there is always something new to learn.  However changing my mindset from a person that everyone relied on for help to someone that needs help has been a struggle.  I am not always sure what I need help with and when I need to ask for help.  I am sure once I finish learning where I feel comfortable with my abilities and once I have a job where I am coding full-time, I will find that zen zone. 😎 More

Sharing the passion and working hard.

I did get sidetracked doing Uber trying to catchup on bills, but I’m getting refocused back on coding and then I wouldn’t have to worry about bills.  I think I am about ready, but I still have to think too hard about what I am doing, so I need more practice to make it second nature or as close to second nature.  The last couple days of nice weather during the Thanksgiving holiday has helped re-energized me.  It’s really amazing what a couple hours of the sun can do for us.  I have a daylight alarm, but can only use it when my husband and I get up around the same time or he complains that he gets woke up too early. Wah! 😭  But it is great when I get to use it, because it is a gentle wake up as it slowly brightens the room and you just wake up. You aren’t startled or shaken awake, you just open your eyes.  Definitely makes for a better morning.  More

Ups and Downs

Blog from Nov 24th,

Hi!  It’s been a while.  I’ve been dealing with ups and downs; working out my life and how I am going to pursue it.  The bootcamp I originally took was not enough to get a job by itself.  Little disappointed in that, but I did learn a lot considering what I knew when I went [it wasn’t as much as I thought I knew].  I have someone teaching me Javascript and I am also learning via freecodecamp.com. Wish I had found this website much earlier.  It is a free code camp and your projects consist of actual site you will create for non-profit groups.  Awesome! Once you have done 400 hrs you receive a certificate for Front-End Developer and 800 hrs you receive a certificate for Full Stack Developer.  Since I already know a good bit from the bootcamp, I’m cruising through the first part.  This site teaches you HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, jQuery, Javascript, Json APIs, Ajax, [Get Front End Certificate at this point.] Angular.js, git, Node.js, Express.js, and Mongo DB.  I’m filling in the gaps with this and I like jQuery and Javascript.  Woohoo!!  It’s the little things! More

End of week 5 – Light Bulb

Week 5 and three more weeks till I am done with the Coding Immersion camp.  Yesterday I had the Light Bulb moment when everything started making connections and I could figure out Syntax Errors on my own and they were usually just a typo of a letter or colon instead of a semi-colon.  YAY  ME!!  I am really enjoying this camp and cannot wait to begin a new career. More

Meltdown

This week has been rough. Monday was great, but Tuesday was absolutely not. In class, somehow my code got messed up and between the instructor and me; we could not figure out what was wrong. Needless to say I was so frustrated and irritated and could not seem to get anything figured out. Woke this morning with a migraine as I allowed myself get overwhelmed over something I can control. But took the migraine for me to resolve because I have 4 more weeks of projects and practice that I should be fine with a job by the end of the camp. More

There is a light!!

Looks like I will be making these blogs once a week, as camp is keeping me busy.  The coordinator is keeping us busy with speakers, company tours and workshops to go to.  They are optional, but this is a career choice I am making and I want to have as much as I can get into to my head to get a good job and have it before camp ends next month.

I have not really broken anything down in these blogs, as if you haven’t taken a programming immersion camp or had any type of programming training, it would not make much sense.  And the intent of these blogs is more to provide it can be done later in life, to offer encouragement and to provide you with some information to get ahead if you decide to pursue programming as a career. More

2nd Week finish and brain syncing

I have missed creating blog posts for a few days now and I know you have all missed me (Ha ha!). I am also catching up on all the blogs I follow.  There are a few I am following that are really inspirational and motivate me to do something, anything and everything! 🙂  I really need those kickstarts some days and really have missed them.

The 2nd week of coding was a lot of information to process again (no surprise there), but some of it is starting to stick to my brain.  Over the weekend I finally found my groove and realized that mapping works for me to remember all this information.  Co-workers I have trained in the past would already know this, since I usually used MS Word and put notes in one column and screenshots in the column next to the notes.   More

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