I will be participating in Code Newbie’s 5-week #CNC2018 challenge. The challenge has 4 different tracks to choose from:

  1. Start Coding
  2. Code More
  3. Blog More
  4. Get a Job

You can only work on one at a time, but can complete multiple throughout the year!

I signed up for the Code More challenge. I started a new non-code related role in January of 2017 and took on more responsibility for my dance company later in the year. I was stretching my schedule (and myself, honestly) thin and I stopped prioritizing coding. I joined the Code More challenge to kick-start a new year of coding progress.

We were given a pre-mission assignment to reflect on and answer the following questions:

What has worked?

  • I find coding to be a creative activity. Yes, even the JavaScript. With my mind on building and creating, I find it easier to complete projects than when my motivation is to simply show competency.
  • Blogging regularly helped me keep up my practice and reinforced my learning. After learning a bit more, I would process and rewrite it all in my own words before sharing it here. I try to write in a way that someone who doesn’t know code would be able to follow along at least a little bit. If you can teach it (to a 5 year old), you know it.

What has NOT worked?

  • Deciding to “code more” without making it part of my daily routine. I have been squeezing in time to code around other things, including Netflix binge watching. Even though I enjoy coding, approaching it this way makes it feel more like another chore.

What are your long term goals?

  • Add at least one Full Stack project to my portfolio.
  • By the end of the year, I’d like to be working full time in a dev role.

What are your short term goals?

  • Build a daily coding practice of at least one hour a day and a comfortable workflow.
  • Complete the Web Developer Bootcamp course on Udemy. It’s been a good intro into Full Stack developing and, honestly, I’d like to finish it before moving on to something else.
  • Become more comfortable sharing my work and asking for feedback. Within the 5 week span, this means blogging more, participating in online communities instead of lurking, and/or sharing during the #CodeNewbie chats.