two horses

You Can’t Ride A Horse With Two Asses

one rider, two horses

Can you tell who the asses are?

“You can’t ride a horse with two asses” is one of my favorite sayings, and comes to mind as I look at why my career search has been in limbo. First, let’s talk about the saying. I’m not even sure I have it correct, but that’s how I remember it, and it’s awesome. Read More

6 Weeks to Success: Checking In On Week 3

Three weeks ago, I set lofty goals for my journey to change up my career. The idea was 6 weeks to success, and putting it out there did a few things for me. It laid out a plan to follow, and also gave me something to keep me accountable. Three weeks later I’m checking in and happy with my progress.

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Elephant with a bite taken out.

6 Weeks To Success!

[Illustration attributed to Sean Gallo at http://www.seangallo.com]

How do you approach a large project? (The same way you eat an elephant.)

My mantra is to break it down into smaller parts and methodically work my way through. How you work your way through can vary. If it is something you quickly want feedback on I like to iterate, as with agile project management. If the requirements/goal are more static, waterfall may be the appropriate technique.

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Risk or Reward

Taking a risk and committing to a goal

Life is about taking risks (another mantra I live by). It shouldn’t be everyday, but there are certainly important times to do it… that is, if you want to reap the benefits. Maybe it’s a risk over love… or going to school… or living in a new place… or in my case today, it’s quitting your job with the goal of getting an even better one.

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Developer friendly hosting

And the winner is… A2 Hosting! (I thought I’d go all Tarrentino on you and start with the ending)

I have been looking for a new developer friendly hosting provider for my portfolio website. I wanted a high-quality provider that was professional, offered a lot of technologies, and was reasonably priced.

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Seeing the forest from the trees

It’s been a long 5 years. A lot of work went into creating those chapters in my life, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. You forget to look up and see how much progress has been made. I was thinking about that today and I’m really proud of where I’ve come from and where I’m heading. It certainly wasn’t easy… buying and selling several houses, divorce, creating a life with a new set of family and friends, transitioning from one job to another… all while trying to keep a smile on. And you know what? I did a damn good job. AND I’m thankful for each one of those experiences. They were significant milestones that will have a major influence on where I’m heading. I’m really excited about what lies ahead…

Professional development

As I think about how to take my work to the next level, the following areas come to mind for learning opportunities:

  • Resurrecting digitaldlo.com (as a portfolio)
  • Mobile app development
  • Getting some new languages/frameworks under my belt: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, javacript variants like node and backbone
  • Server side knowledge like more efficient automation of deployments
  • Some fun “bells and whistles” HTML5 exercises
  • Other geekery

The weird thing is this is super fun to me. I’m excited!

Let the new learning begin! (because as any IT professional knows, the learning never ends)