Supporting actor

I did a thing for a coworker spontaneously and it made me feel good to make them smile. I look forward to finding more moments to make others happy.

I did some rate shopping and I am delighted to report that we will be saving over $40 monthly with our new insurer. The sad thing is I would not have bothered shopping around if I didn’t feel so insulted by not getting a call back. I was seeking to initiate a discussion about lowering my rates and I didn’t merit a return call so I voted with my wallet. 🤷‍♀️

M is away and I miss him. I’ll be joining him shortly tho so that’s something to look forward to! The timing is not perfect with everything going on at my work place but I’ve made peace with the fact that I am doing my best given the circumstances.

Credit

2018 is almost over and I can hardly believe it! One interesting thing that happened this year was us hitting credit scores in the low 800s! I was expecting a hit to mine after paying off my student loans earlier in the year but it has held steadily.ย It’s pretty cool to track and hopefully when we’re ready to house shop, it’ll come in handy to fetch us low interest rates. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Checkup

The Good

  1. My fun activities this summer have been comedy shows, Paint Nite events, and now getting my adrenalin fix from roller coasters! ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Shared some thoughts on a panel with students at the coding bootcamp (virtual event and it was a wonderful event!)
  3. Scheduled to attend a coding conference in the near future and the content is super topical to what I’m currently working on. I’m really looking forward to leveling up my skills and learning from other working professionals!
  4. Continuing to volunteer and hoping to ramp up my participation!
  5. Have been invited to another event related to (2) and very much looking forward to it!
  6. Still kicking ass at work. I pride myself on being a fixer at work and I try my darndest to make sure I rebuild any broken steps I find while ‘fixing’ things. I imagine this work is noticed and will be rewarded appropriately (which I shall document for my year end reviews!)

The Not-so-good

  1. Still wrestle with feelings of inadequacy in various spheres (financial and career circles are the two main triggers at this point). I’d like to discuss more about these two items.

Financial

I think my fears here are 25% legitimate and 75% unfounded. Largely unfounded particularly because the metrics on finances show I’m objectively doing a lot better this year compared to last (shout out to Personal Capital and Mint for the goal tracking tools). The dampener on this sector is that we’re still engaging in a bit of frivolous spending when it comes to food. :/ We need a drill instructor yelling at us whenever we contemplate ordering in. It’s so much cheaper to eat in and we need to cultivate the habit of cooking.

Career

At this moment in time, I feel I can’t hold a candle to work some of my peers are doing. However, I’m starting to think this is unfair to myself to think this way and I should probably work through it with a therapist. I think being able to positively harness my feelings will ease my mind. On the positive side, I have resumed development on my existing repositories & fervently thinking about the ‘next thing’ to sink my teeth into. At work, I actively participate in code reviews, provide constructive criticisms, and trying to see where the ‘puck’ is going & heading there. In short, I’m trying to think like a senior engineer :). In general, I think that I’m on the ‘upswing’ of things. If I can step out of my comfort zone and take more risks, I know I’ll be alright.

 

Summer time!

Last summer, we were exploring the gorgeousness that is South Utah. This summer won’t be any different! I’ve already started exploring a bit after my period of convalescence and I feel ready to conquer the hills! I may rethink that statement after my planned hike on Saturday though. ๐Ÿ˜›

Things are going quite well on the health front and I couldn’t be more pleased with how things have turned out! Don’t have much to say at the moment but wanted to pop in to say “I’m alive!” Adieu

 

Running my race

As a non-traditional engineer, I’ve had several highs and lows in my career. Through it all, one thing that sticks with me is the notion of me running my own race. It’s been said countless times that comparison is the thief of joy and as someone who’s taken a different route to get to where I am, that rings so loud and true!

So here’s to those of us making our own paths and dancing to our drum beats. Life is good. ๐Ÿ˜›

The Library – An unsung hero

Some factoids I’ve learned about the Salt Lake Library System. Did you know:

  1. The Salt Lake library system provides a free Lynda.com subscription for all members?
  2. Certain digital books lent to you can be sent to your Amazon Kindle account? This feature has saved me hundreds of dollars. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Has volunteer programs such as the Tech League mentors program,ย  an “initiative to build a more digitally inclusive community”
  4. Has a Creative Lab with all sorts of goodies like 3D printers, sewing machines, audio recording booths which are free for all patrons’ use.
  5. An up-to-date listing of all events happening across all the library branches
  6. Has a variety of alternate ways (Overdrive, RBDigital, 3M Cloud Library) to read ebooks and has mobile phone apps for easy access

I could go on but please check out the slcpl.org website. If you don’t live in SLC, then check out yourย county’s public library system for other goodies. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Noodling

Things are looking much better on the health front! Healing quite nicely and I’ve done a lot of reading (online articles mostly) while I’ve been away. Learned a few tricks that should serve me well at work too! Speaking of which,ย I’ve thought about some of our processes and I have some thoughts I need to run by my manager. So once I’m back up and running, I think I’ll have a frank discussion with my manager. Wish me luck and backbone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Another rainy day in the city and I wanna do nothing but curl up with my boo and watch a movie!