I’m on the go again!

It’s currently 4:03AM as I write this. I’m currently sitting in the waiting lounge of Seattle Tacoma Airport’s International Terminal. Yes. I’m on the move again. Let’s just say after 8 months back on this coast, one term of Computer Science I am so ready to jet off.

As I wait for my 5AM flight, I have the time right now to do some reflections rather than doze off back to sleep.

Let’s start off by saying that I learned a A LOT in the first half of the year. Academic wise, I started from not knowing anything about Computer Science other than basic HTML and CSS to coding a fully functional and responsive website. I learned about the front end and backend languages and development. Not only was I introduced to web development, I was also taught Java and Python and of course, version control tool Git.

And of course, every programmer’s favorite: the command line.

Yes. It has been a really thrilling ride, the past 6 months, somedays I’m at school the entire day working on stuff (with side procrastination of course, and mentally not coping very well, as I was dreaming of that better place far off elsewhere.)

But I’m happy to say that I made it, that I used my time wisely overall and has been able to walk away with a great experience, despite all the stress, cups of caffeine consumed, frustration and several ‘almost’ mental breakdowns.

Here’s what I summarized that really helped me get through the past 8 months of being back on this coast.

1. Value Hardwork: As I saw over and over again this term, hard work pays off. Hard work is the only way to cover all your bases and set you apart from others. This ties in with #3. You have to be present to do good work.

2. Exercise: This was definitely something I took for granted when I wasn’t working 12 hours a day while sitting down. Exercising is super super important if your career of choice is sedentary. Also on top of that stress, you’ll actually want to meal prep as well so you don’t break the wallet. I have to say this term at least, I’ve learned to throw together ingredients that make tasty recipes, think self made Chiptole Salad Bowl.

3. This too will pass: FOCUS for the moment. This too will pass. You need to do your best job at your present pursuit to make sure you’re giving your 120% and then some. Remember to be present and enjoy the process, you’ll be out of there soon.

Great things take time

I can’t believe it’s been 1325 days since that one night.

I can’t believe it’s also been 1144 days since I was almost killed by a car.

I’d been living since and sometimes it feels that very little has changed, although, I can’t say I wasted 1000+ days of my life. Things have changed. I like to think if back in October 2013 was the pivot point that signified all else after then I have to say that my 1000 days have been spent trying out different options.

First, I strengthened myself.

Second, I started to try different things to get myself out of my less than ideal situation.

Third, I found out that I had to change course many many times and I did.

Fourth, I am here today wishing that I had started sooner, but at the same time glad that I started at all. I feel like I’m going somewhere, though of course there are tweaks I need to complete and various routes to explore. However, hardwork and despair are no longer feared, instead they are welcome as I am sure they will be my companions for times to come.

Fifth, for all those out there struggling to become better, I encourage you to look back on the past few years, perhaps look back on that point where you decided you could be better, could do better, do be somewhere better, and look at how far you’ve come. I want you to give yourself credit for all of your accomplishments, because only you know the inner struggles the sacrifices you have to gone through. And for that reason, we’re all warriors in our own right.

Sixth, now, with all that in mind, get out there and continue to improve.

Quick tip: how to maintain productivity over the weekend

Ah, weekends are for relaxation, right?

Not exactly, if you’re like me, who’s busy with school and life you’d want to use your weekend constructively while still relax. If time was a currency, then often on weekends I would feel the urge to splurge and then acquire massive sleep debts leading into the workweek, which is not recommended at all.

Instead today I decided to go against what I usually would do, i.e: roll out of bed past 3pm then stay home all day then stay up until 3am (hardly a recipe for productivity). I decided to get up early and go for a walk, then make plans with friends for tomorrow so that I would have to finish my work today in order to relax tomorrow.

It turns out, this time restraint tactic worked better than I thought. By restricting the time block that I had to accomplish tasks, I managed to get more tasks done.