Reflecting on 2018

Now that we’re over half-way through with  2018, I’ve decided to reflect a little. Looking back, this year has been fairly well on a personal level – I’ve grew a considerable amount in my knowledge, I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my love, and I’ve made it through some deeply stressful moments. It seems like now that I’m 28, I’ve finally figured out it’s better to wait before speaking in most situations, patience pays off, and you can love someone other than your kids unconditionally.

The Good

This February, my girlfriend moved 1,200 miles to be with me – this was both exciting and scary. We could have been better prepared, but we’ve made things work and have really grown solidly in our relationship. She’s been extremely patient with me during hard times, and I’ve learned to trust and be myself with someone.

I‘ve spent a ton of time learning two new technologies to both add value to me as a developer, and further progress my game development skills. I have a hard time picking up client-side technologies, but I’ve been able to nearly figure out the basics of Vue.js and that’s a win for me! My Laravel development has also been coming along, using Eloquent vs. the query builder has proven useful.

We’ve got a budget (read: my girlfriend made us a budget). And it feels good knowing what goes out, and what comes in. It’s nice having an idea of how much money you’ll have at the end of the week. Though this is something I’m finding harder to stick to, it’s a process that I’m trying to fully adjust to.

 

The Bad

I‘ve been in a rut with the day job. Missing a lot of deadlines (mostly due to the scope changing every week). I’ve also been unhappy with the lack of creative and fun projects, while this is part of the enterprise culture, it’d be nice to be able to play with a cool new framework or stack. It’s hard to get excited about working on Windows ISS with XAMPP as your environment.

My car is on the fritz! It’s likely the transmission is dying, and the idea of being a one car family scares me just as much as car payments do.

It’s summer, and it’s hot; I hate both of those facts. I’m a cold weather, jacket type of person. The sweltering heat, the sting of sitting on leather seats, the mosquitoes finding that one nano-meter where you didn’t spray? That is not welcomed with me.

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