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By George, I think she’s got it.

Holy crap!  I did this example without even using the “hint”. 

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Long story, short: decided to redo the javascript level in codecademy.  To be fair, I should note I had only completed 23%, and the last 5% of that had been me being frustrated for hours, going into the Q & and finding the answers.   So happy I decided to redo this.  It’s finally clicking!  Oh, and sorry about the crappy cell phone pic.  I didn’t want to jump into the actual WordPress site and make this all perfect.  Back to coding.

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The new plan…

This is the new plan… I’m not sure where my career is going.  Right now I have a possible job offer coming soon and maybe two interviews coming up *fingers crossed*.

I’ve inquired about a few coding boot-camps, but will do the FullStack Academy’s  Road to Code Guide Book (available as a PDF when you request more information from their site), prior to committing to anything.  I was originally planning to work on Flatiron School’s  Web Development Prework Guide.   I chose Fullstack’s prework course first pretty much because it was laid out in a neater/more legible format. Afterwards, I complete that, I will go over Flatiron’s prework and see what else is there that I can use to supplement my learning.

 

I have to see if I get placed in the NYPL learning to code program.  I would love to be chosen, but after today’s events I just want to jump in to coding with reckless abandon.  I don’t know how well-paced of a pace I want.  This feels very much like a part of my destiny.  Everything that’s happened to me in the past year has led me to this crossroad I am at today.  I know it  sounds crazy, but… this is the dream.  I’m living it.  I have bills and debts, I’ll be jobless pretty soon and it sucks because I’m literally living paycheck to paycheck, but I’m not worried and I’m not stressed out.

I’m excited and hopeful and motivated and also sleepy.  It’s almost 3:30 am.  I have to be up in less than 3 hours.

I’ll be dreaming in Photoshop, designing the rest of the summer…

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When life hands you lemonade…

You learn to program.  Just got a text from my boss saying that we’re downsizing and with that… an employee has to go.  I got the unlucky straw.  I’m not upset or sad as we had discussed this in the past few weeks. 

The past few weeks I’ve felt like something was changing for me,  like a cycle wad over.  Last night I started feeling like my life was at a crossroads and this morning I get this news. 

It’s scary.  I’m scared but I also feel at peace, and excited and very hopeful for my future.   I’m going to jump into javascript and apply to some of these coding bootcamps I was looking into applying for a few months down the line.  Who would have thought I’d be applying sooner than later? 

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What the…should I even continue reading this book?

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Too much info…

I feel burned out just doing research and reading.   I just came to the conclusion that I’m solely going to focus on html and css for the next 4 weeks or so. I’m not going to stress javascript or wondering if I should do python or ruby.  I’m just going to read this book and try as hard as I can to not read any blogs/sites and not go overboard. 

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Not stalled this time, just busy, busy, busy

I’ve been crazy busy since the last time I wrote anything.  Busy looking for work, deciding when I’m moving and when would be the best time to move to be closer to family and busy realizing that I’m working on making this web developing/designing (still unsure which) thing happen.  In this state of busy-ness I’ve learned that the reason why it’s been so hard for me to learn on my own is because there is SO much information available and there are so many websites and things you want to read and follow all at once and honestly I just want to learn it all, read it all, experience it all but I am only one person with only so many hours in the day.

So far I’ve done Codecademy‘s HTML/CSS course, which I loved.  I have completed 23% of the Javascript course.  I don’t know if it’s me or the program but I just don’t get it.  I don’t understand WHY things are a certain way.  It’s like learning to speak another language. Oh, wait, it is.

 

I joined Treehouse and did their HTML Course.  I joined it.  It was very linear an was easy to follow along.  My only issue with it was that I didn’t feel I was being as active a participant as I was on Codecademy.  Also, the instructor’s voice sounded like Kermit the frog, and made me sleepy.  He’s not the only instructor, and I viewed other tutorials/videos and saw that I can learn a lot form this site.

I joined The Women’s Coding Collective and took their “HTML:Welcome to Tagville class.”  I enjoyed it and actually did my first “webpage“.  Don’t judge me, it’s not great, but it’s MINE.  My only gripe with the class is that in my opinion, one subject didn’t flow into the next and although in their teaching method they provided other sites to check out, it just didn’t seem to… flow.  That’s the best way I can phrase.

I did the free class trial at Codeschool.  It’s very informative but for a newbie like myself, the technical terms are so new to me that when I watch their tutorials I have to stop and google what the terms mean in order to understand what is going on and what they are asking me in the challenge.  I think once I master down the lingo, I can see myself learning a lot here.

 

I did Skillcrush‘s 10 day bootcamp and have been watching all the videos they have up on vimeo and youtube and I must say, if I had the cash to spend on their individual classes or their blueprint course I would sign up ina heartbeat!! Adda, the founder is so engaging, she provides so much information, she’s friendly and is simply amazing!  The moment I get ANY extra cash, I’m taking her classes.  They’re the ones I feel are the best fit for me and my learning style.

I also discovered Hackdesign.org and their lesson plan and I’ve been reading up on that.  I also LOVE it!  It’s been incredibly informative and I’m learning so much from them.  I’m only up to lesson 2 and it seems it’s a lot of reading (which I love to do).

 

Yesterday I signed up with the New York Public Library’s new pilot program, “Project_<code>” which teaches adults how to code.  It’s an 8 week, 2 hours per class, 2 classes a week program.  I’ll be tested next Tuesday to see if I am eligible to be art of the program and if I am, I go on a list and see if there’s space for me at the time and location I choose.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed I get in.  I’m so excited to learn with others.  They will teach HTML, CSS and intro to Javascript.  By the end of the course you will have completed a personal site for your portfolio and a group site for a local business.  I can’t wait!  *Fingers Crossed*

 

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