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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
  • 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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First year at uni: the summary

With all grades released, that’s the end of my first year of Uni. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, but I’m still positive

it was the best decision I could have ever made.

Time for a little summary…

Ever since I got those unconditional offers (or maybe even before that), I worried. I like to know what’s about to happen, and I do very much like to plan things out. As most freshers, I had so many questions on how is my life gonna look like now. Of course being 26, with a child and a job, finances and logistics where my main concern.
September came and I realised that most of my fears were…unnecessary. I’ve blended nicely with the rest of the students(which by the way are amazing and I feel like we support each others whenever possible) H. goes to the nursery 15hrs a week while I’m on campus and my workplace is really flexible with my shifts.
Don’t get me wrong, to be on top with everything was HARD and tiring. There is no doubt about that. But it was very rewarding in the same time.
And to finally be able to progress and learn and be given chances in a field you’re passionate about- priceless.

In the last 9 months I have learned so much! Design, UX, databases, systems analysis, Python, JavaScript, Git and more. Terminal is not terrifying anymore. I got the opportunity to take part in Agile Enterprise Hackathon, attend Work in The Web workshop in Leeds and then have been asked to speak about my experiences on Happy Hour Talks (which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a pandemic just before my date. I have recorded this talk anyway and you can watch it HERE). I also had few chances interviewing, and been accepted for a great summer internship.
Finally, I’m ending my first uni year with average grades at 79.6%, which I think it’s pretty dang good.

Truth is, after a while you don’t remember those long nights spent reading books and writing essays or reports.
Few words for myself (and other students maybe) for the next year? Keep pushing, don’t give up, believe in yourself. And worry a bit less.
It will be all right.

Photo used in the post is by Cathryn Lavery 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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2019: the summary

The year of 2019 is coming to an end so it’s time for a little recap!

Every December I am making two lists, a list of what I did good this year, and a resolutions for a next year. Thanks to being way to organised, I was able to look back on my last years lists, and can happily say that I managed to fulfil most of my resolutions for 2019. Yay for me!

The biggest highlight of this year though, was being accepted to university and literally thriving in the first semester!

Other great things that happened in 2019:

…and a few more achievements which are a bit more personal so I will keep them for myself.

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
  • keep on posting here about my dev journey

Do you take time to look back and see how many great things actually happened in the last 365 days, or do u make resolutions for the next year? Let me know in the comments!

*Featured Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

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