The theme for this past year has been setting and building your story. In order to do this we need to have clearly defined goals and an action plan to reach them.
The theme for next year is growth through learning. We’ll have episodes about ways to learn, planning your learning, and what to learn. We’ll also discuss academia and how to survive going back or making the change from the classroom to the job. While not all of our episodes will be about learning that will be the theme for the year.
Resolutions From 2018
Speak at more conferences and schools
I have spoken at Music City Tech/Code and DevSpace conferences and will be speaking at CodeMash next month, that’s big one. I’ve also spoken at Covalence and NSS. I spoke again at ITPA and I’ve made contacts at various user groups in Nashville and other areas.
Start blogging more.
Not enough time and a change in focus mid year. I wasn’t planning on starting graduate school last year when I set this goal. I started building the blog and creating a backlog of posts and ideas but that got put aside as I started school. I just don’t have the time as I’m getting used to the new schedule.
Pay off the last of my private student loans.
This one came as surprise as I’d over calculated how many payments I had left. They didn’t take out the regular payment about 3 months earlier than I expected to have it paid off. I called to make sure I wouldn’t get a ding on my credit and found out it was paid off.
Go on a long bike ride, either to visit friends across the country or one of my sisters.
Fourth of July I spent all day on my bike but this one fell to starting graduate school. I planned a ride up to St. Louis but changed my plans because orientation for school was that weekend.
Get into story writing.
I’ve started writing my story down. I’m thinking about making it a book or a podcast or both. A few chapters are outlined already and I’m making progress.
Drop another full pants size.
Early in the year I did a 6 week challenge that was a great kick start on diet and exercise. I ended up losing a pant size in June or July. Actually I’ve almost lost two.
More public speaking (like Beej).
Cut down on conference talks, but increased other talks. Calling this a win.
Fix my sleep.
It’s way better, but the early part of the year was very rough.
Start saving money for land to build a house on.
Continuing to save. The bulk cooking is pretty solid though and is saving me a bit of money.
Meditate and exercise much more frequently.
Did well on both counts, but the hernia took months longer to heal than expected.
Go on an actual retreat. Alone.
Was planning this when my grandmother passed on. Used a few too many days to be able to do it.
Start pushing for some work from home capabilities at my job.
Two days a week. Plus a lot of the distractions have been eliminated.
Complete Developer Network Resolutions
Publish our first book
We have finished recording all chapters. Will is in the process or writing out the outlines into chapters and BJ is in the process of editing the audio.
Sponsorship for Complete Developer Podcast
Had a few here and there but not yet found a regular sponsor.
Increase our listeners.
Our average downloads have almost doubled since last year. Great job spreading the word, keep it up. We hit a lot of benchmarks this past year. So many that we had to reset our rewards for hitting target numbers.
Expand Developer Launchpad.
We have a social chair for the group who now plans and hosts our social events so all we have to do is show up.
Resolutions For 2018
- Pay off new furniture and buy a new clothes washer/dryer.
- Speak at 4 conferences this year.
- Create and build a connected yet portable smart home system for my new place.
- Get down to the size I was in college.
- Build a home gym in my garage.
- Write the story of my journey into development.
- Write and publish another book.
- Speak again at a conference this year.
- Get reasonably competent at .net core.
- Switch to linux completely.
- Get back into wine making.
- Visit and call my parents more frequently.
Complete Developer Network Resolutions
- Publish our Recruiter book.
- Sponsorship for CDP.
- Mentor program for Developer Launchpad.
- Update our Live shows.
Home Automation and control using Hand Gesture
There are several ways to add gesture controls to your home automation. This video tutorial will make managing home automation controls easy and effortless. Hand gestures are simple and easy to implement while using electronic components which are mentioned in this tutorial. Controlling of appliances such as a fan and a light bulb are done using a hand glove attached to an accelerometer with a tape. The sensor senses the motion through the specific hand gesture that has been coded into the program to which it responds.
Tricks of the Trade
It’s easy to feel like you’ve accomplished nothing. That’s the way effort feels.