Life Update: New Career and Apartment

A lot has happened since my last post. Let’s just jump right into it.

Around Christmas last year, I discovered a new interest, which in the interim has grown into a new career path. Seemingly out of the blue, I started playing around with HTML and CSS, mostly through free online tutorials. I was in a bit of a career crisis at the time and wanted to test the waters of the tech world. I had first discovered HTML when I was around 10, and although I hadn’t touched it since, I have fond memories of that time of discovery and creativity. So after a few weeks of free tutorials, I decided to take the plunge and commit to paid online courses. The program I chose was Skillcrush’s Break Into Tech Blueprint.

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Photo by Clément H on Unsplash

Fast-forward 7 months to now, and I’m about halfway through the program. I’m at a stage where I ought to start taking on simple paid projects, having studied not just HTML and CSS, but also JavaScript and visual design. I designed and built my very own website, but I have yet to apply for any paid gigs. Recently, I transitioned to a part-time role at my current job in order to make more time for my courses and freelancing. I’m still doing the same work as before, but in 3 days rather than 5. It may sound like a lot, but I think I’ve struck a fair and happy balance. I feel more fulfilled than before, although I’m earning less money.

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Photo by Josh Wilburne on Unsplash

The other huge and exciting change in my life is that I moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend of 5 years. We found a spacious 1.5 bedroom in a chic, friendly Brooklyn neighborhood and are quite smitten with the place. As an added bonus, the previous tenant left us various furniture and appliances. We didn’t have much when we moved in–no couch, TV, coffee table, or even a bed. My boyfriend and I may have some stylistic differences, but it’s been pretty rewarding to build up our new home together.

Unsurprisingly, the move and career transition have taken up the majority of my time and energy in the past few months. But I still find some time to explore other interests–last year it was makeup and fashion, this year it’s health and wellness. Going forward, I think that may be the new focus of this blog. I have never felt more motivated to eat healthy and stay active as I have this year, so I may as well ride that wave while it lasts, right?

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