100 days of code: one third down, two thirds to go!

Hi friends!

A full month has passed since I started my 100 days of code, and it’s been really educational in a lot of ways.

Life has (to put it mildly) gotten rather intense for all of us, but I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe. To quote one of the greats I shall not dwell on the negative for too long for, the show must go on.

During my first month of my 100-day journey I’ve learned things like:

  • I cannot trust my own fingers, because typing something and thinking you’ve typed something are two completely different things. Especially when it comes to programming.
  • Copy + paste honestly makes my life a little more difficult at times.
  • Doing something every day for a month isn’t necessarily about doing it perfectly every day, sometimes it’s just as important to just get it done.

I’ve currently gone through close to 50% of Angela Yu’s web development course on Udemy, and am also doing Brad Traversy’s Vanilla JS web projects course. After getting more comfortable with HTML, CSS and the CSS Bootstrap framework – playing around with JavaScript is really a lot of fun. It’s a lot of information to be taking in but I’m making sure that I learn the basics properly this time.

One of my struggles during this challenge (thus far) has been letting myself skip a day or two when I’ve needed to. I often tell people on the same journey, that it’s about getting the work done with what we have, but I am also really bad at taking my own advice (who would’ve thought?).

Anyone who can relate to this, please take this in right now:

Don’t beat yourself up over something you can’t control.

If your body and mind need rest, let them. If you’re in a position where this challenge brings about negativity and anxiety, take a breather, collect your thoughts and come back to it later.

It’s called a challenge for a reason. Sometimes things in life just happen and when they’re beyond our control it’s particularly important to go easy on ourselves.

When I first decided to hop on the 100 day challenge, I thought my biggest struggle was going to be to dedicate myself to coding for 100 days straight.

What I hadn’t anticipated was that I would suddenly feel so exposed, (which sounds a bit silly because I obviously chose to do something so openly on the internet) – but somewhere a part of me thought that I would be showing my innermost thoughts to an audience of a select few. Like a group of people who wanted to read more about some stranger who was struggling, or beginners looking for a “what not to do”-guide, (you’re welcome, by the way).

I didn’t think old university mates or old colleagues of mine would see my posts. My first reaction was actually one of embarrassment, because I didn’t think I would be accepted by them for these posts. Instead I have only come to see positive messages, people cheering me on and giving me a solid energy boost when I’ve needed them most.

For this I would like to thank all of you for being a part of this journey with me. It hasn’t always been happy and exciting, but you’ve all kept me going and I’ve gotten such a great support group through social media!

One third down, two thirds to go!

2 thoughts on “100 days of code: one third down, two thirds to go!

  • How wonderful to read your text. You wrote that you feel exposed, and that is something I can relate to. It can be like that sometimes, try to fight that feeling back. Be proud of your work!

    Just hang in there.

    Well done! Good luck!

    • Thank you Mats! I think it is only human to second-guess ourselves sometimes. Thank you for the encouragement and support! 🙂

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