A New Direction

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”
― Jessica Hische

I know only two things at this time, that I’m a lucky person and a curious person. I’ve decided to leave my day job to pursue some side projects and teach myself some new tricks. I’m lucky that I’ve saved enough to do so, and I’m curious enough that continuing to push on the bounds of what I already know is beckoning me with some great force.

The last year has been a bit of a whirlwind, with 17 speaking gigs, 5 podcasts, an article a month, and an O’Reilly book in the works- I’ve loved every minute of it. Balancing this plus my very-much-full-time job has reached a tipping point of activity for me, and I had to make a choice. I feel grateful that there’s even a choice available to me.

I fully intend to keep speaking and writing. I’ll travel to Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Amsterdam, and the UK, among other places this next year. This is fantastic because travel is a great passion of mine. For a little while, I’d like to dig in to some technologies I know just the surface of, learn some new languages (Swift and Elm have piqued my interest), and hoist some creative energy towards programming projects.  I’ll also offer some more workshops in the future because I get a ton of joy from teaching those. I’m planning to be available for contract work, and have a couple tricks up my sleeve that I’ll be announcing soon.

I’m not sure how long I’ll work for myself, and it’s certainly a little disorienting to be heading towards independence. But it feels disorienting like the topmost point of a rollercoaster, or standing on a cliff before a sea dive. Exhilarating and exciting.

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “A New Direction”

  1. Una July 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Congrats, Sarah! I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)

  2. Non-https name here August 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Sorry to reply anonymously, but your blog page is not https. I didn’t want to give spammers/phishers more ammo than they already have.

    I am an aspiring web dev student over at Free Code Camp. I completed the “Portfolio Page” challenge, and then examined the example page put up as a model. I am tracing my way through it, and am learning so much. However, in the course of my study, I ran across CSS-Tricks; your name came up on the site, and I navigated to your home page via Twitter. I then bookmarked the page under the heading “God of all Portfolio Pages.” The difference between what I was studying and your page is stark. You clearly have mastery of the craft that I am now pursuing; to use a favorite metaphor, it appears as if you are Yoda to the example page dev’s Obi-Wan.

    I also am interested in the concepts of flow and focus in determining direction in life, and the time-saving action of finding people who have been there and done that. Your 7/11/2016 blog post suggests that you know about the power of focusing on the single area that calls for you to act, and not hesitating to switch focus when the flow of your life calls for it. Thus, you have expertise in my two areas of greatest interest.

    I have many questions, but I’ll hold them to the most important to me. I will greatly appreciate any input you care to provide.

    1) When you were first learning your craft, did you have a role model?
    2) Thinking back on those days, what advice would you give to someone with no previous tech work experience, who is determined to learn the craft anyway?

  3. Duoc Nguyen February 3, 2017 at 4:27 am

    I love to travel to. if you have the plan to travel to Vietnam, please lets me know. :) Might we can sit and take some coffee.

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