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In January 2021 I made the decision to change careers. I stopped working and dedicated myself to learning to code 6 days a week. 

This site documents my journey.

#100Days of Code Daily Progress Day 20 Course Adjustment

Feb 11 – Day 20 of #100DaysofCode

So, twenty days in, I’m making a course adjustment. I’ve had some opportunities to do further web work come up utilizing my existing skillset (wordpress sites, copywriting, general graphic design, etc.), so I’ve decided to cut back on the coding and balance my time between learning to code and web work.  I’m blending in Webflow

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My Daily "Learn to Code" Routine

Self-study is difficult. 

I’ve found that pairing a daily study routine with the overall study plan helps me to stay focused and disciplined.

This 24 hour clock chart shows the daily program I’ve committed to follow to reach my goal of learning how to code.

Originally the plan was daily blog updates, but there isn’t enough time in the day for that I’ve realized after a few weeks, so I’ll be updating with a weekly post.

Learning to Code Resources

If you’re interested in my story, what my daily grind looks like, the ups and downs of my efforts to learn to code, or if you’re just looking for a bit of personal inspiration, that’s great, have a look around!

Looking for guidance, however? I strongly recommend checking out the resources page, starting with the four links below. If you’re looking to learn to code yourself, the links below are a great place to start.

freeCodeCamp

My primary learning tool, since 2014, more than 40,000 graduates have gotten jobs at tech companies. Impressive.

Andrei Neagoie

The single best first-person blog post I’ve come across yet, a “must read” for anyone considering doing what I’m doing.

Codecademy

Having taught over 45 million people, Codecademy is one of the most popular paid code academies out there.  

Christopher Dodd

Chris is a self-taught developer who’s produced a fantastic PDF. Put in your name and email on his homepage to get a copy.

I'm an Inspiration Junkie

I don’t have a “Plan B” when it comes to finding work as a developer.  Arnold’s speech below explains what I mean. 

City Forest

When I began university, I thought I wanted to be a “business” guy.  After working for one of the Big Four accounting firms in downtown Toronto, however, it was clear that the corporate life was not for me.

I’ve now spent the last fifteen years working in the natural resources sector. For the past ten, I’ve worked as an independent contractor and consultant through my own company.

As my work has become increasingly profitable, it’s also become proportionally less rewarding personally, with large increases in complexity, pressure, and stress in 2020. 

Looking down at my eleven-month-old daughter, I’ve decided it’s not a lifestyle I’m interested in continuing to live. I’ve been developing websites as a side interest since I was in high school, and now I’ve decided to make it my career.

Self-Taught and Self-Made People That Inspire Me

Click their photos for a link to a video, or check out their social links below. 

Note that I have no affiliation with anyone listed below, I’m just inspired by what they’ve accomplished.

Have Fun Learning to Code

"Fun" and "Professional" aren't mutually exclusive.

5/5
Take Frank, for example. The guy's been with the company for literally eons but he still never misses a meeting. Sure he goes a little "apex predator" over his budgets and schedules, but he's not afraid to bust out the party hats after a project is successfully delivered.

The world needs more Frank.

Where I learn to code:

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Whether you’re learning to code yourself, have a question or a comment, or just want to say hello, please drop me a line!

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