New Year's Resolutions

Programming , Flatiron-school / January 01, 2015 / 2 Comments

In general, I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I feel similar to the Stoics on this front - if there’s something that you truly want to change, change it. You don’t need an arbitrary time marker to make it happen. That said, there’s nothing more abitrary than a new year and I do like setting goals.

Last year I had two goals:

  1. Find a job I enjoy
  2. Run every day for a year

When I set the first goal, I imagined I’d be looking for a better situation in the same field - search engine marketing. I had been learning to code on the side for a couple years, but the goal of becoming a programmer seemed much further away. Through an odd sequence of events, I ended up taking the Web Development immersive at Flatiron School half-way through the year. Then I accepted a hybrid marketing/programming role at the school with the official title of Marketing Engineer (primarily so certain people could refer to me as a Marketeer).

Goal #1 was accomplished!

Sadly, Goal #1 killed Goal #2 as I threw myself into my new job. I had run a minimum of 1 mile (usually more) every day for the first 9.5 months of the year. I still ran most days, but, I missed 9 days in the final 2.5 months. Running 97.5% of the days in the year isn’t terrible.

That brings us to 2015.

More importantly, that brings us to this photo:

'jessrudder 2014 Commits'

It’s my commit history on Github for 2014. Not bad, but I can do better. In fact, as a new developer, I need to do better. There are far too many stretches where no code is being written. So, I’m copying John Resig with his Write Code Every Day goal. I’d like to see a wall of green on my commit history at the end of 2015.

And, because I miss running (and I like to commit to doing things daily), I’m bringing back my 2014 goal of running every day for a year. In 2013 I only made it 6 months. In 2014 I made it 9.5. 2015 feels like my year!