Wow – time really does fly by so quickly! It’s crazy to see that I haven’t done one of the things that I love most (writing) in over a year, and there’s no better feeling than to re-discover it. :) In the time that has gone by, a lot has changed: I’m engaged (!) to the most amazing man — he is the perfect guy, and together, I feel like we can conquer the world and anything life throws our way.
It is amazing how opportunities can sometimes just fall into your lap sometimes! After finding out my current job via a craigslist posting and 10 interviews later that ended in a job offer, I have been absolutely elated about my first month on the job. Within just 1 short month, I have been able to check out code and helped a brand-new product go live! Along the way, I have learned about marketing, sales, infrastructure, countless development tools and frameworks), and the entire hiring process!
What a busy 3 weeks it has been between starting a new job and moving into the heart of a city! Since I have moved to up to the city, I have really wanted to feel “the full city experience” at least one day, and believe it or not, it has already happened! “The full city experience” may sound kind of cliche and perhaps people find it overrated, but I believe everyone should have it at least once.
After 15 months, I have finally finished reading The 4-Hour WorkWeek by Tim Ferriss (4HWW), and let me tell you, between that and finding 101 in 1001, I truly have been re-inspired! 4HWW is a book that is exactly about that: finding a way to work only four hours per week while still generating enough income to find time to do the things that are really passionate for you. Although this book is probably more useful to business owners/CEOs, it has a lot of good tips on how to still get to that lifestyle even if you are not in that position.
It is amazing how little moments can completely define an entire day or even a week! Today was the third day of my new job, which (currently) requires a 1.5 hour commute each direction. Naturally, after 2 previous exciting but long days, I needed a little something to kick-start my day. So, where else to turn but a Starbucks latte? Getting on the train, I had my latte in one hand with some desk decorations and my purse and one-shoulder bag in the other all while holding an umbrella.
In the midst of a a very busy daily schedule, it can sometimes be very easy to lose sight of the things that are most important to what makes each of us so unique – our passions, our goals, and our unique accomplishments. I have long been searching for a way to figure out how to finish up my short-term goals without losing sight of the long-term ones. To-do lists, gmail tasks, post-its are all great, but it is easy to let long-term goals stay on these lists for long lengths of time without getting crossed off.
It seems like just yesterday Roger Federer was winning the 2010 Year-End Championships over Rafael Nadal in the latest chapter of their rivalry (with much more to come). Now, both are already back on-court and Federer has already won 1 title in 2011! This just goes to show how short the tennis off-season really is and how much more incredible it makes the feats of both Federer and Nadal. Can you see another sport in which people have to play 11-12 months of the year competitively, week-in-week-out, and still have to produce top-notch results?
Sometimes, the hardest thing to do in life is take a risk. For many people, there is nothing tougher than giving up certainty of a job, house, etc. for something else that is not so set-in-stone. With this mindset, it can be easy to get into a state of complacency. This is not to be confused with being settled, in which someone is fully comfortable in their current location and continues to be satisfied and challenged in the workplace.
Well, I have attended my very first conference as a working woman (not as a student), and I have to say it was quite successful! I got to attend a variety of technical sessions and learn a lot about new development tools and standards. In addition, I was able to attend a Women’s Networking event too, and I met some really cool ladies (one of whom lives in California and works for Adobe!).
She walked down the stairs, and as all of us gathered at the bottom, we could only look and stare in awe. She was absolutely (jaw-dropping) gorgeous. I couldn’t believe my own eyes – this is my little sister – who just got ready for her graduation party! We couldn’t believe how quickly 17 years had passed – and this splitting image will always remain with me as one of the proudest days of my life.