Well it’s been an exciting and busy few months since I last posted. I’ve been to the other side of the world and back,  celebrated my first Christmas away from family and come back for my last few weeks of work. I’ve also had a break from coding, but am so relieved that my passion and focus are still right there.

Spending 6 weeks overseas travelling every few days was not a great environment for sitting down and concentrating enough to build anything. I managed to work through a few online tutorials but nothing substantial. When I got back however I was at a bit of a loss for what to do.

Up to that point I had done a decent amount of JavaScript and python, enough to ace my uni courses which will be starting in a few weeks, and completed the Ruby and Rails tracks on team treehouse. I knew enough to make small things in each language but not enough to do anything great, and I was frozen. I didn’t want to rehash the JavaScript and python, otherwise I’d risk being bored by uni and not putting the effort in to still get the grades I’m after. I didn’t want to go much further with Ruby because I was worried that having three sets of syntax competing for brain space would be a bit much.  I avoided learning swift or java for app development for the same reason. I wanted to learn something new, or go further with what I’d learnt, but I was scared.

Fortunately Ive found a good middle ground. I’ve started (and now almost finished) the hack reactor free prep course, which is both refreshing and extending my understanding of JavaScript, but also challenging me to think of different logical patterns to solve problems in alternate ways. Ive been spending every spare second making my way though the hundreds of exercises and am feeling so enthused!

Only one more week of work and then into the breach – so I’ll be pursuing coding full time! I can’t wait to see where this next year takes me!