Hello 2021

Friday, January 1, 2021 • edited Sunday, January 3, 2021

It’s been an interesting year. With COVID-19 shutting down the world, almost every plan I had for the year was quashed back in February. Despite all this, I am fortunate enough to have a job in an essential industry which meant there were no financial concerns. My job kept my busy – very busy – and the year flew by. It was often difficult to get what I wanted done, either due to exhaustion or lack of time.

I did have some successes, though:

  • I released my first larger public project on GitHub back in April, dpymenus , which has seen some use in real-world applications!
  • I became intimately familiar with git – something I ‘feared’ before.
  • I’ve become much stronger in Python & JavaScript, and I’ve begun exploring Rust in earnest.
  • I became comfortable with releasing to PyPi and using Poetry .
  • I finally wrapped my head around much of the front-end JS ecosystem (eg. build tools) which previously felt like a mountain I’d never scale.

Overall, I am happy with what I created and the knowledge I gained is invaluable.


For 2021, I have several goals and projects laid out that I would like to see to completion – some lifestyle, some technical.

Blogging

I’ve tried and failed the whole ‘blogging’ thing before – as I’m sure is common. A lack of discipline coupled with burn out from high personal expectations generally results in nothing good. Throughout 2020, I have built much more discipline in general, and intend on pushing that growth further while documenting some of the things I learn along the way.

For the past year, I’ve instead recorded my thoughts in an ever-growing Google Docs file. A mashup of technical lessons, solutions to problems, thoughts on design, and so forth. This year, I will maintain those same thoughts in a more organized fashion – on here!

Projects

There are several software-oriented projects I intend on seeing to completion this year, which I will detail in their own blog posts. Some of the initial projects are:

  • Start my homelab; beggining with a NAS, featuring a front-end for friends & family.
  • Build a prototype weather station and a front-end for local weather reporting and data gathering.

Lifestyle

Midway through 2020 a lot of my healthy and fitness-oriented lifestyle changes really fell to the wayside. I biked much less, as leaving the house with COVID in full swing was difficult. I stopped working out as much. I fell into to my caffeine addiction again. This is where I was most dissapointed in myself this year, so this has been a strong priority of mine since mid-December when I really told myself it is time to get back on track.

Cycle more. Workout regularly. Eat healthier.

Education

Throughout 2020, I’ve been sporadically learning Korean, Japanese, and Computer Science. A month ago I drafted a better plan to keep myself consistent without putting too much on my plate for the year, thus risking burnout. I will pause Japanese for now, and focus on achieving fluency in Korean. I will continue to explore Computer Science in general, for obvious reasons. In addition, I have added some Mathematics learning in every week. This has always been my weak point, so I really want to prove to myself this is not an impossible topic.


…hello 2021 – let’s make it a good one!

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