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How do you find fulfillment in your life? I have a job I enjoy. I own a home. I have a great partner. I live in a very good city. Really, I have more than most folks and I have a good life. I know I am blessed. So why do I feel unfulfilled? So I have begun the process of finding what is missing. First is the 48 Days To The Work You Love. I will let you know how it progresses over the next 48 days.
WWCONNECT2016 in Seattle
Computer literacy is becoming essential than ever in a recent development of technology. At work, I find myself feeling incapable because I don’t understand Ruby, SQL and data analysis. I’ve been feeling of necessity of learning how our app works so I can talk to our developers and find a solution. One of my colleague have told me “Everyone should learn how to code.” Working at a small office, I know that it’d help a lot if everyone could jump in on a repo and fix issues, and create and discuss new features based on coding knowledge (not just an idea off course from capability of our system).
Then at home, as I sit down winding on a couch, CEO of Girls who code was talking on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah about their mission to teach girls to code and touted about their success stories. I’ve seen more and more of the message of importance of coding skill.
OK, so I need to learn how to code.
So, what do I do? As I was searching on the web and found the Women who code having an event in Seattle. I wasn’t sure if this is the right place for somebody who just started learning to code. I’ve been teaching myself basic free online courses for a couple of months. I really wanted to see if this is something I can do it and enjoy it. I wanted to see women working in the field, their success and their struggle and all. And I found WWCode created this worldwide community and it is growing strong. I thought this will be a great opportunity to learn. So, I signed up WWCONNECT2016 held in Seattle on Mar 19-20.
I’m glad I flew to Seattle (on March, yeah, I was advised it’s not the best season to go there but I found the weather was soothing and I liked it.) As I got there at the venue, there was a sense of support, encouragement and motivation in a room.
Here’s what I learned at WWCONNECT2016 conference.
Picking challenges/goals is not easy. Often times I picked goals that are a little out of my reach. Example: blog every day for 6 months. I never do it. They I started using the Japanese method of Kaizen. Pick a goal then break that goal down into small steps/parts. I would like to blog every day, but that has not happened. So I am setting a smaller goal of 7 days to start. On top of that I will bring back my simple workout routine: 21 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, 30 jumping jacks, and add 12,000 steps plus some light weights. If I accomplish this I will expand to 30 days. I really need this, because I will be headed to Seattle, Los Angeles, Italy, and Japan in the next 2-3 months. There will be a ton of hiking and walking and I want to be ready.
Side note: If anyone knows Tuscany, Italy, please send ideas. In Japan I need help with Mie and Wakayama Prefectures. I am open to ideasin LA and Seattle, but know both fairly well.