Pressing On Towards My Goals

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Based on the updates to my blog, you would think I’ve been doing nothing for the past three months, but that isn’t the truth.  In all actuality, I took a month break in December to spend time with family and then I got side-tracked with job hunting, moving, and life.

When I returned from vacation, I immediately started working on strengthening my coding skills by doing courses at CodeSchool.  I got the hairbrained idea to start a vlog to share my experiences as I work through the FreeCodeCamp exercises.  Then for some reason, I thought it was uber important to focus my energies on finding a JavaScript job.  What motivated me in this direction was the fact that there were so many jobs for me to apply for and doing job applications consumed my entire day.

The whole job hunting activity ended up being a massive waste of time and a big blow to my ego as I was turned down time and time again for jobs I was eager to land.  My skills were not sharp enough and preparing for interviews was an emotionally taxing and stressful exercise.  I had so many fears regarding if I could meet and exceed the Employers expectations in the interview, and then on the job.  The whole exercise was very tiring.

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Throughout March I’ve been feeling really beat up.  A lot has happened that has shaken my self-confidence.  I hate to say it but I have felt more like giving up than pressing on.  Things kept happening in my personal life that left me feeling taken advantage of, disrespected, defeated and overwhelmed.  My feelings of self-worth were impacted, and all I could think about was the negative stuff.  I couldn’t find the energy to press on towards my dream life.  I cried a lot and allowed myself to feel defeated.

This blog isn’t about my personal life; however, in our pursuit of our dreams, we have to start where we are.  Every great achievement begins with the first step.  I’m happy to say that I’m back on the high road and working at putting one foot in front of the other as I pursue my dream to be a Senior JavaScript developer.

Today was the first day in months that I’ve coded in JavaScript, and it felt good.  It took me a few hours to break through the cobwebs and brain fog.  After finishing my first Pomodoro cycle, I can say I am excited about pursuing my goals.  

When life hands you a bag of rocks it can be hard to press on.  It seems easier to give up, but setting a habit of giving up only does more damage.  My experience has shown me that I benefit by allowing myself time to grieve, sulk, have a small tantrum but in the end, I’m happiest when I continue on the path that leads me to my dreams.  In the beginning, taking those first few steps is hard.  Restarting is hard, but my confidence, happiness, and joy return as I press on.

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I hope you will join me on my journey to learn JavaScript.  I can’t wait to see where it takes us! Join my mailing list and gain access to great information and tools I’ve found that super-charge my learning.

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Sincerely,  George

 

Believe In Your Dreams!

UN-LIMIT YOURSELF!

 Wow!  Just Wow!

Keenan Calhill inspires the heck out of me. Honestly, he is a guy who responded to “his heart’s desire” (dream) and acted in faith.

I have a short playlist of Keenan videos that I go to for inspiration to push on.The video below is one of my favorites because it speaks to the power of self-confidence and the importance of staying focused on goals that make you happy.

YOU Be The Change

 

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One step forward, two steps back. I think that is a good definition of how I feel right now.

On Wednesday, I was making fast progress on my goals related to strengthening my Mobile/Web Development skills.  Since then, my outputs have been less than noteworthy.  Please don’t get me wrong, I’ve been working on things and strengthening my abilities; however, there are no visual outputs for me to share.  Instead I have “lists”.

Instead I have “lists”

I have long lists of information to revisit, videos to watch and tutorials to attempt.  My confidence that I will revisit half of the links I added to yesterday’s list is lower than 75% because I have to many lists of things I want to attempt.  :0)  Nonetheless, I have “re-opened” yesterday’s list and registered for a key site I found yesterday, but that is not a lot of “accomplishment” for today.

Sadly, my mind has been consumed by everything that has happened since the U.S. Elections.  I’ve spent way to much time on Facebook, and read Twitter until 4 o’clock in the morning.

I am happy to report all of my attention to the U.S. Elections has been beneficial.  Today I feel like I better understand my world because of one small post I found by Tim O’Reilly the founder of O’Reilly Media.   Mr O’Reilly’s post directed me to another post which was long and contained links out to other articles.  I read them all, and came away with greater insight.

After reading the post I wondered how I could become part of the solution that America is so desperately seeking.  I have a number of ideas and I want to put them into action.  I have actually started making small strides in this direction by creating this site, and working to improve my own abilities and thinking.  Yet, I want to go further.

I started this site on Wednesday following a Facebook chat with a friend.  A few years ago my friend created a Facebook group to enable people to motivate participants into action  needed to improve their economic situation.  On Wednesday, my friend indicated they “on occasion” considered shutting down the group because people were not moved to action.  I asked that my friend keep the group open because I would take action.  The resurrection of this blog is my first act.

The resurrection of this blog is my first act.

Yet, I am still gyrating on who to help and how to help.  For many years I’ve dreamed of becoming philanthropist.  In my dreams, I envision helping “graduates” of the Child Welfare System help themselves.  With deep pockets and extra time on my hand, this vision is colored with full scholarships, academic support systems, a finishing school and reciprocal groups where youth can mentor and support each other.

If I found myself with bottomless pockets stuffed with cash I see an army of bright pink motor coaches traveling to low performing elementary schools around the country.  A ticket aboard this  bubblegum colored masterpiece would be a coveted by kids far and wide.  When I think of this dream, I always see myself as that child holding the “Golden Ticket” in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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Armed with a shimmery pink ticket, girls would be welcomed aboard the STEM Girls Express to create amazing things using science, technology, electronics and math.  I doubt that one day at a school would be enough time because the goal would be to expose them to all four great areas.

After days spent making nail polish, building LED powered pins, and coding something really cool, they would leave armed with a new sense of their abilities and bigger dreams for the future.

These are the dreams that have inspired me through the years to invest my personal time trying to “create the next great thing” because the long term impact would have a ripple effect on the entire community.

These have been my dreams, and remain my most coveted dreams today.  Nonetheless, I have come to realize that I can no longer wait for my “bottomless pocket” and I need to bring the dream of helping people redefine their abilities today.

I’m sad to say that I don’t have a fully formed plan.  I’m not sure how to start, who to target, or how many people I can assist.  Currently I’m working extremely hard on my own goals, but I will not use that as a crutch.  Instead, I will revamp my vision to bring hope and relief to my brothers and sisters in America.  LOL, it may only be 1 or 2, but luckily that is all that is required of me.

Where there is a will, there is a way…and humanity makes progress forward based on the small contributions of each of us.

I stand on the shoulders of Giants!

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LoL. Go ahead, call me an optimist, a dreamer or whatever name you choose.  I have already made progress because today I know that I need less than I envisioned to reach the outcomes I desire.  Sure, my outcomes may not be as grand as I originally envisioned, but nobody can predict the power of one human empowering another.

Sincerely,

George

 

 

Up For A Challenge?

I invite you to join me and learn how to code.  I don’t even want to say how long I’ve been in the software industry because I know it will age me, but I’ve been at this a long time.

Nonetheless, I’m on a mission to improve my development skills and I want to help others change their life by starting a career in this area.  That is the reason I will be logging my experience, success, and failures as I crack open books and work to re-establish myself as a “rock solid” software developer.

I’m motivated to do this because I want to have the freedom to live where ever I want and I want to help other people do the same.  I hope you will join me on this endeavor because I know that by investing time and energy to learn the software development skills we can all create the future we want for ourselves.

So I ask you, are you up for a challenge?

If you answer YES!  Then please do the following.

  1.  Go register now at FreeCodeCamp.com
  2. Reach out to me on Facebook (SincerelyGeorge)
  3. Let’s work together to build the future of our dreams.

Together we can motivate each other towards success.  I look forward to sharing all of my experiences, tips, tricks, links and resources with you so you can succeed…FASTER.

Onward and upward.  Let’s succeed together.

Sincerely,

George

 

 

New Day. New World. New Challenge.

While it remains open for debate on whether the world changed over night.  I feel that it has changed for me.

I am confronted with the reality that:

  • My life is what I make of it.
  • Everyone doesn’t think the same.
  • Life is full of steps forward and steps back.

Today, like every other day, I have freedom of choice.  It is my right and responsibility to afford myself the best possible life experience available, and in my world that means committing to continued growth, expansion, improvement and experience.

I was speaking to someone yesterday whom I haven’t talked to in a few years.  It was a long distance conversation, but when the person said I sounded different I was a little taken aback.  While I was aware of the changes in my thinking, I didn’t think it would be so evident to those around me.  I was shocked and excited by what my friend said because I feel I have embraced change for the better.

I feel that way today.  Don’t get me wrong, I spent the first 5 hours …ok 6 hours of today wrapped up reading, watching and talking about the U.S. Election.  After getting my fill of all the excitement and speculation, I realized I’d loss precious time for working on my goals.  Time I could never reclaim or make up.

It was at that moment I had to step back and reflect on where I placed my attention and how the outcomes of the election would define me and my life experience.    Like so many other people, my senses were tantalized by the sensation of everything.  I sat glued to the TV while my time based goals remained unattained.  My financial goals and ambitions still unreached.  My visions for the world remained a dream.

After a 30 minute walk, I decided to get back to my goals and work on building the future I want for the future.  I will not hide from my dreams or be beat down by how others interpret yesterday’s events.

Instead I will push on and work to be a greater version of myself today and in the future.

I reactivated this site to enable you to join my on my journey to become a better, stronger, more capable Mobile Web Developer.  I hope this site will serve as an inspiration for those seeking the means to find financial, social and geographic freedom in this new world.

So without further ado…lets get to coding people.

 

Sincerely,

George

Girl Who Codes Great Stuff!

A Refresher On My Key Skills

I know what I’m doing with my day.

Whatcha doing?

Actually I know what I’ve done with my day.  After spending way to much time tracking the U.S. Election results, I completed my first independent FreeCodeCamp.com assignment.  The assignment required me to create a tribute page.  I was allowed to dedicate my tribute to anyone, and I chose Charles F. Haanel. My work is done, submitted, but I’m waiting on my work to be graded.  Nonetheless, it feels good knowing that I’ve done something to make myself feel like a rockstar.  While I wait for feedback regarding the assignment, I will keep myself busy working on the next assignment.

Since I’m “sharing” all this online, I want to let you know that I am really happy to be on the other side of the challenge.  It’s not that the challenge was hard, but it allowed me to focus on my goals and the positive things I want to create and entertain in my life.  As I wraped up the first challenge I felt empowered and fully capable define my future on my terms.

Can I just say it outloud….YEEEHAW!!

The next assignment requires me to create a Personal Portfolio Website.  Ugh! Self promotion always makes me feel icky, but a rockstar has to do what a rockstar must do.  If you are reading this post, I hope you will jump in and join me in my goal of becoming a rockstar developer.

You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day and expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of strong, positive, creative thought. - Charles F. Haanel

I’m a Rockstar Coder, and the future is mine!

I’m really impressed with the tools I’ve found online to help people retool their skills and master the art of software development.

NONE of these tools were available when I studied Computer Science.  It’s laughable today, but at the time, we were being introduced to “web mail” and Netscape.

I’m happy, amazed, delighted and overjoyed that people can take an active stand in defining the course their life will take.  This small truth is important for me today, because I am unwilling to accept the lie that success, happiness, and safety are outside of my reach.

I WILL master the most desired skills required to live the life of my dreams.  Today is the first day of my future, and yours.

You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do. - Charles F. Haanel

Let me ask you again…

Whatcha doing with your day?

Check out my tribute page to Charles F. Haanel.  Use your thoughts to outline your goals and help you realize your dreams.