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.
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.
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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!