Other's Success Can Push You Towards Your Own

Been a looooooong time I suppose.

Last year’s hell is this year’s hangover, or so it seems.

There are periods of intense studying, thinking about problems, filling up my freeCodeCamp consecutive days streak in dark green squares.

Then there are…other days. Days where everything is taxing and sleep is your best friend.

I have a lot of those days lately. And the issue?

I have been at this a long time with minimal success.

This is really my fault; I literally have no one to blame but myself.

I’ve spent an egregious amount of time on video tutorials and am just now finding out I learn best by doing. Trying to figure out how to get a Search component working on my site was hard but necessary.

Years wasted. And I sat around feeling sorry for myself; feeling that twinge of envy every time someone got a new job as a junior. I knew, know, I am not doing enough, wasn’t doing enough. Depression and burnout will do that to you.

Spending years on go is difficult to sustain. You will crash. And I did. Several times. And went about doing things the same way again.

F*ck Complacency.

I really had to get real with myself.

  1. What do I really want?

  2. What am I willing to do to get it?

  3. What safeguards can I put in place so that this type of long burnout never happens again?

  4. How hard am I willing to try by putting myself out there and putting in the work?

I really want to be a developer.

I am willing to put in the hours, even when I don’t want to, to get it.

I need to listen to my body and take the weekend for self-care. Self-care is a loaded buzzword but I didn’t do it for many years and now I am stuck, 4 years programming with nothing to show for it. I journal. A lot. I see a professional. I have a photography hobby I really enjoy. I have this dope robot car I am building.

Robots are definitely cool

I do this on the weekends. I go out with friends and have friends over. I won’t get into too many details but I really missed this while I was in Pittsburgh. And if I ever move from here again, I really need to make sure I actually know some people in the new area.

I am willing to do anything. And this is where other’s success comes in.

Seeing the folks over the weekend sharing their freeCodeCamp JavaScript and Data Structures & Algorithms certificates made a little angry, not at them, but myself. I have been a camper since the beginning, making an account when they were still using Ruby and other course sites to help you learn. I have zero certificates. None. I am super ashamed of this.


One of the ways I am motivating myself is having this random certificate frame I picked up from the Dollar Tree. It is going up on the wall in front of my desk as a reminder of what I need to do to fill it with a freeCodeCamp certificate.

Setting up a study plan

I have a couple Google Sheets I setup to help me study.

If you want to use them, you can find them at the following places:

Job Ready: Study Plan for Front-End Employment

CS Study Plans

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👋🏾 Hi. I’m Tiffany White. I am a front-end engineer and egghead.io instructor. I sometimes contribute to open source, and blog about web development at Tiffany R. White Blog. I love JavaScript, React ⚛️, and herding cats 🐾 🐈