As part of my process to keep my professional development razor sharp, I’m making it a point to read more. A great resource is php[architect], the definitive publication for modern PHP developers. It’s something I have been meaning to read more consistently, and after having read the latest issue (February 2018 at the time of this writing), I’m planning on reading past issues as well. Read More
In an effort to make myself the best developer possible, I have been reading the classics in the programmer’s cannon. These are the books you are assigned as homework on your way to a computer science degree. This month I read “The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master” by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. It was nothing short of fantastic, and truly a book that I can see myself constantly referring back to in my career. Read More
It is wild to look back at my January 2016 post, “Taking a risk and committing to a goal“, about quitting my job so that I could embark on a new career. It’s wild because since then, so much has happened. Professionally, I’ve changed employers multiple times, and personally, I’ve experienced some of the biggest moments of my life (marrying my wife and having our first child). It’s been a hard, but exciting and rewarding ride. It is particularly satisfying today because I get to announce that I’ve accepted the position of Senior PHP Developer at Babson College. This move represents everything I’ve been striving for with that career change; to be a true full-stack developer and gain seniority in that arena. I am so proud of this achievement, let alone the timeframe that I was able to do it (just under two years – woo!).
Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. It was a mix of hard work, sacrifice, taking risks, having faith, leveraging support and mentorship, and making the most of opportunities when they presented themselves. I feel very lucky and thankful to have been part of this story.
Of course, life is not about getting to a single destination, but what you make of the journey. So, as much as this is a fantastic moment and I intend to squeeze every bit of awesome out what this new job will bring, I also look forward to what’s ahead.
I was talking with a co-worker about work/life balance recently and he shared this interesting quote from Coca Cola’s CEO with me. Not sure if the link is totally accurate, but I loved the sentiment. In life you are constantly juggling 5 balls in the air: work, health, family, friends, and spirit. The first is made of rubber and the rest are made of glass. When you inevitably drop one, keep in mind that work will bounce back, whereas the others will not. The may scrape, or scuff, or totally break, but whatever the severity they will be forever changed.
That quote left an impression on me because I think it is so true. I also liked how he included spirit, because I think that the importance of our internal mental/emotional part of our character often gets left out of the balance. It’s an easy thing to skip, especially when it can be the hardest thing to grasp, and unique to each individual.
Anyway, gotta add that to the growing list of mantras I keep and wanted to share it with others.
I’ve always wanted to start an organization to help others. One idea that I have been exploring was a solution to connect busy folks with a mind to do community service, with volunteer opportunities. There’s no shortage of opportunities, but if you’ve ever tried to look for something on your own you quickly find challenges: