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2020: the summary

Another year has gone by and what a year it’s been! Hell of the rollercoaster 🎢 ride for most of us, right?
As every December, I like to pause for a minute, create a list of things that were awesome that year, and also some resolutions for the year ahead.
It’s really cool to look back in the past and see how we, and everything around has changed, so let’s look into my last year’s resolutions:

Going into resolutions for 2020, I would like to:

  • attend another hackathon or two,
  • still ace at uni and learn new things (maybe another programming language?),
  • read at least a book a month,
  • travel a little
    and
  • keep on posting here about my dev journey

For obvious reasons I only managed to travel a tiny bit in January and unfortunately didn’t attend any more hackathons, but overall I think I did quite all right! 😀
If you’d like to read my full 2019 summary, you can do so HERE.

Awesome things that happened in 2020:

  • Completed 1st year at Uni ( +amazing grades)
  • Attended Work In The Web workshop in Leeds
  • Produced 2 youtube videos
  • Did Happy Hour industry talk (virtually, because lockdown happened)
  • Kept writing blog posts about my dev journey
  • Dev internship!
  • My first paid front end dev position
    so I could…
  • Leave hospitality job!
  • Wrote an article for GirlCode
  • Attended Code First, Girls course (+my project won 🏆)
  • learned a lot!
  • Did a little RaspberryPi project
  • Saved some money
  • Bought my first stock shares
  • Didn’t get infected with Covid-19 🦠😷

Of course a lot of not-so-good things happened this year too. Both me and my husband being furloughed during the first lockdown, having family member diagnosed with life threatening condition, my sister’s wedding postponed and not able to see my family are just a few of them. However, I always try to find a bright side and focus on the good rather than bad.

What are my resolutions for 2021?

  • keep acing at Uni
  • learn!
  • read at least 1 book a month
  • save money (#housedeposit)
  • keep posting here
  • get a pay-rise
  • go to Poland to see my family
  • not get infected with Covid-19 😷🦠🙅‍♀️
  • do some photoshoots

How was your 2019?

Tell me about your wins and achievements this year, and resolutions for the next one!

*Featured image by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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Lockdown: for me

Lockdown slowly eases, so I thought I will reflect on those last, really weird 3,5 months.

As everyone remembers, on March 23rd almost everything closed down and it seemed like the world is coming to an end. It has been a very stressful time for a lot of people, including myself. Workplaces shut, shelves in the grocery stores emptied, and all you could hear in tv was the constant news about more people dying from Covid-19… it was a lot to take in. I was worried whether or not we have enough food, money to pay bills, and what would happen with my daughter in the extreme case when both I and my husband catch the virus and end up in the hospital (as we have no relatives living in the UK who could take care of her).

Thankfully, I still had to complete assignments and exams to finish my uni year, and it has helped me deal with scary thoughts at the beginning of lockdown. They gave me some sort of purpose and kept most worries at bay.

Looking back now, this urge to keep myself busy at all times had a really positive impact on my productivity. I have achieved and learned so much during this weird period of time. I hope this list will remind me that I am still going forward, and in the moment of doubt, I can look back and shut that imposter syndrome up.

  • I have finished 3 uni assignments and 1 exam
  • Took part in women in tech event, and could listen to Pauline talk about blogging (watch it here!)
  • Learned to create digital portraits
  • Recorded and published 2 youtube videos
  • Published my portfolio website
  • Practices JS and did a fun quiz
  • Bought my first raspberry pi and built the scroll bot (read about it here)
  • Took part in code first girls course
  • Completed communication and interpersonal skills at work course….

    and probably the most important one:

  • Got an intern position which I start tomorrow!

I know that everyone’s situation is different, and people deal with emotions in their own way. The intention of this post is not to brag about my accomplishments, but simply to show my way of dealing with extraordinary times we’ve got to live in. What helped me may not necessarily help you.
This blog’s main purpose is to keep track of my dev journey so I thought appropriate to document it.

*Featured photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash
Illustrations used in the post are from ManyPixels

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How I got into uni after I thought I never would

Since most of my days are now split between inventing things we can do while locked inside the house, and which will satisfy a short-attention-span of a three-year-old, and finishing all my uni assignments, I have literally no time (or power) for any extra-curriculum learning. Sad, but that’s how it is sometimes. After all, we are all just humans, right?

Anyway, I thought I will tell u a little story of how I got into Uni after I thought I never would be able to. I wanted to write this post for a long time to shine some light on my past and maybe to inspire someone in a similar situation to mine.

Let’s start from the beginning though…

okay, not beginning beginning, just about 9 years ago. I was 18 years old, still living in Poland. As most school leavers, I had huge dreams. I planned on studying product design and going abroad to live in the UK (English language countries always fascinated me for some reason) I’ve met my husband back then too, and as it turned out, he also planned on moving away (stuff straight from the movies, eh? Happens in real life too 😅)  So off we went into the unknown. The reality of trying to live in a totally new country is harsh though, and my plans of applying to uni fall into a second plan, while we were trying to stay afloat, pay bills and well- just live. But every now and again, this unfulfilled dream of having a higher education nudged me and made me feel… incomplete? worse? it’s hard to name this feeling…

Life went by, we moved a few times from one city to another city and the next one too, trying to find our space in this world (still looking for it 😂🤷‍♀️), we got married and had our daughter. The unfulfilled dream? It was still there bothering me, maybe even more than ever since H. got born. It sounds cheesy, but I wanted her to be proud of me. And I wanted to be proud of me, too. But how on Earth would I be able to go back to school while taking care of a child and working part-time? I was certain this door is closed for me forever. And then.. one of my friends applied and got into uni. That friend also has a child and she was working! She gave me hope and a whole lotta inspiration! (You know who you are, as I was thanking you like million times 😘) I decided I am gonna try myself. You know, if she could pull this off, maybe I could too! My husband and family back in Poland were really supportive of my decision.

The process of applying…

is very different from what I knew from Poland, and it scared me a lot, especially writing a personal statement and getting someone to write your recommendations for you (since I graduated school so long ago, I asked my manager from work which she gladly agreed to do) I applied to 5 different courses on 2 local unis, and I waited…
On the 4th of Jan 2019 (yup, I still remember, that’s how excited I was) I got an email, 4 unconditional places! Me, they wanted me. I could not believe it. Choosing which course to actually go to took me some time, but in the end, I think I chose the right one.
Getting accepted was only a first step though. As a mature student with a small child, job and bills to pay, my biggest worry was how am I gonna manage it all financially and time-wisely. Every change of the timeline gives me a headache, but as my first year at uni comes to an end, I realize that what I thought will be my obstacle, turns out to be my power and motivation.
Sometimes I wonder what if I’d go to uni straight after graduating school, but then I wouldn’t choose the subject I am really passionate about and which will lead me to a career I believe is the right for me. I probably wouldn’t be so focused on achieving good grades and slurp the knowledge from everything possible.
I think everything happens for a reason. Those 7 years I spent believing I wouldn’t have a degree has taught me to fight for myself and my dreams. They made me a stronger person who found her voice and is not afraid to use it.

Live is not a straight line, and it doesn’t matter when you hit certain milestones. Everyone’s story is different and they are all beautiful. We just need to believe in ourselves and be brave to step into the unknown. 

*Featured Photo by Vasily Koloda on Unsplash
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