Fresh start

Hello blog followers! It’s been a while..

I’ve been positively useless at maintaining this blog this year. What with crossing the final hurdle of my course, starting a new job and other life curveballs it has massively slipped my mind!

So this year I have been..

  • Getting qualified: I handed in my final project of my course in July, BEST FEELING EVER. My final project was an issue tracker much like GitHub, made with Django. I’m pretty proud of it, considering I made it in two weeks.. in the evenings.. while working/commuting 60+ hours a week.. I got the results back for my diploma in August – FIRST CLASS HONOURS πŸŽ‰
  • Got published: I worked with The Learning People to publish an article with We Are Tech Women highlighting what it’s like to be a female junior developer. I’m really pleased with how it turned out!
  • Got a new job: I recently started a new role as a Frontend Engineer on the Enlitened app at The Student Room. I use React & React Native to create new features, and maintain the student app and university client dashboard app. I’m really proud to be working on such an innovative platform, aimed at improving student wellbeing and engagement. It’s definitely something I wish I’d had when I was at uni, so I’m excited to see it take off!

It’s been a bonkers year, i’ve learned so much and progressed a lot professionally but it’s also taken its toll in terms of near burnout. It’s really important to seek help if you are struggling with the effects of burnout. I recognised the symptoms from when I was at uni 10 years ago (*feels old*) and got in contact with a counsellor to integrate some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) practices into my daily routine. I wouldn’t say i’m 100% recovered from it all yet, but i’m on the right trajectory.

Looking forward..

So 2020 is just around the corner. This year i’ll be..

Turning 30. This fact just feels hilarious to me as I still feel mentally like an 18 year old. Feels all the weirder to say by the end of this decade i’ll be close to 40 πŸ‘€πŸ˜±
Focusing on my mental health. I saw something on Twitter recently along the lines of ‘you should grind and work hard (60+ hours a week) if you want to make something of yourself’ – I can categorically say, don’t do it kids. Yeah I progressed quickly in my career, but i’m also having to spend Β£100 a month on therapy so πŸ˜…πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ There’s literally no rush, learn at your own pace and surround yourself with good mentors. On reflection, I definitely fell foul to my impatience at wanting to lose my ‘junior’ badge after 2 years of wearing it with pride. Now i’m just going to enjoy the challenge of being a mid-level developer for a while I think!

Getting stronger. I don’t want this to be one of those new years resolutions that gets binned by mid January, but I really do need to incorporate some form of regular physical activity into my day-to-day. I’ve been walking to and from work since I started my new job so that’s giving me around 6000 steps a day of cardio from that alone, but i’d like to incorporate strength training to improve my core and general stamina. I’m starting with bodyweight training at home so I don’t make a total fool of myself when I eventually enter a gym πŸ˜†

Becoming a cat or dog parent. Pretty self explanatory.

Hopefully future me can look back on this at the end of 2020 and have achieved some of these goals!

Happy New Decade everyone! πŸŽ‰