100 Days of Code
I am starting a very exciting challenge tomorrow called 100 Days of Code. The rules are simple – each day, for 100 consecutive days, I will code for at least one hour. Then I will track my progress, what I have learned, and how I feel each day. I will also be actively discussing my progress and linking up with other challenge participants on Twitter using the hashtag #100DaysofCode.
This is the first of many 100 Days of X challenges that I have planned. Later I am going to take on some more artistic challenges, like maybe 100 Days of Vector Icons or 100 Days of Line Art, as well as some of the other topics that you have seen from me in the past like positive affirmations. So, don’t worry if coding isn’t really your thing. I’ll be talking about other things throughout the next few months and in the future.
My Background With Coding
Programming is such a big part of who I am, or at least who I was a few years ago. That’s one of the reasons I’m so excited to share this with you.
I have mentioned this in the past, but some of you may not know that I have my Master’s degree in Software Engineering. This isn’t something I have ever openly discussed at length. I am extremely proud of myself for achieving such a monumental goal, but it also comes with a cloud of shame.
Around the time that I graduated in 2015, my anxiety had taken a turn for the worse. I was isolated with no friends in the area, rarely left my house, and had no idea what I was going to do with my life. After a few horrible job interviews, tarnished by my inability to think or answer even basic questions because of my anxiety, I lost all confidence in my ability to do anything.
When you believe in yourself so little, eventually it becomes the truth. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t even make it through phone screenings without crying. So, despite the fact that I graduated nearly 3 years ago, I have done very little programming, game design, or web development since then. I gave up on myself and my dreams.
Looking On The Bright Side
It’s worth noting that despite the fact that my anxiety was at all all-time high and I lacked any sort of confidence in my ability to land a career in technology, the benefit to taking a technology hiatus is that it allowed me to rediscover my love of art and writing.
Blissful Lemon and Color My Life were born, both of which have helped me to push past some of my anxiety and build confidence in myself. I don’t know that either of these projects would have ever happened had I not been pushed in that direction. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Back To Basics / My Hopes For This Challenge
A few months ago, I purchased The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 on Udemy and began slowly dipping my toes back into web development, beginning with the basics. Now that I am just about halfway through, I remember more clearly what I loved about programming. And not just that, but for the first time in a long time, I can actually see myself doing this for a living.
My hope is that over the next few months, my dedication to coding will prove to me once and for all that this is what I am meant to be doing. As you all know, I am trying to land a new career, and this may be just the ticket to do so. Not only will it help to hold me accountable so I have no choice but to code, even when my anxiety is telling me it won’t make a difference, but it will also allow me the time and opportunity to re-learn some of the things that I have forgotten over the past few years.
Want To Join Me?
If you have been curious about learning how to code, I would love for you to join me. There are tons of free courses, online videos, and books that can help get you started. Or, if you want, you can purchase The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0 on sale for $9.99 at Udemy for the next 6 days. They also have tons of other coding courses on sale, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested.