Monthly Review: October 2015

I’m going to start publishing a monthly recap at the end of each month detailing my habits, projects, and tinkerings. I’ve done this before, but it’s never really stuck. Inspired by Belle Beth Cooper’s monthly reviews (I’m mimicking her format), I’m hoping this will stick. You’ll be able to find them all here.

This month was a bit of an oddball because I was traveling quite a bit. First, I went to Park City, Utah for the Automattic Grand Meetup. It was an absolute blast! From there, I traveled down to Austin, Texas for a wedding. Then, Charlotte and I stayed in Austin the entire next week for a vacation and explored the city.

What were my goals for October?

  • Make Drink for Pink a success. This was our first year running our little non-profit in Denver, Colorado. October is our big month since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. We don’t have the final numbers yet, but it looks like we’ll come in somewhere between $5,000-$6,000. I consider that a success!
  • Finish the Full-Stack JavaScript Treehouse Course. I failed on this one. I got stuck on an Express video series that I just wasn’t excited about. The good news is I’m through that now and almost finished with the course.
  • Publish a coding challenge each week. I missed one week during October (on vacation). Otherwise, I nailed it. 80% success.
  • Put out a code-related project. Fail. I was doing relatively well with this in August/September. I put out a few code-related projects, but my progress has stalled since. In November, I’m going to launch a new project related to resumes/interviewing that hopefully will be an awesome resource.

What habits did I focus on?

I didn’t really set a habit to focus on for the month. However, here are some metrics that I tracked:

  • Workouts: 20 (Goal of 20) – All tracked here
  • 28-Day Average Steps: 11,986 (Goal of 10,000)

What did I publish?

I only had one freelance piece published, but it was a bit of a doozy:

Automate Google Sheets: An Introduction to Google Apps Script

I had to learn Google Apps Script first in order to write the piece. I should have 2-3 pieces published in November.

October Homescreen


Books I Read

Looking forward to November

Goals I want to complete:

  • Launch the interview/resume-related project (mainly HTML/CSS/JavaScript but I’m going to use Gulp as well for various things as practice)
  • Publish 12 total blog posts here on my personal blog
  • Finish the Full-Stack Treehouse course and Ember.js
  • Publish 4 code challenges
  • Publish 2 freelance pieces

Habit I want to focus on:

Meditation – I tried focusing on this earlier in the year and making it a habit. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick. Success would be 20 days of meditating (using to track).

Featured Image: A morning trail run in Park City, Utah

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