Monthly Archives: February 2014

Meetup and Prework Update

Thursday was an amazing night. Silicon Prairie News hosted a meetup in Benson. Our class was invited to meet some members of the community and our fellow classmates. It was a lot of fun, even for an introvert like me. I made myself go up and introduce myself to Jeff Slobotski, co-founder of SPN. He was extremely nice and introduced me to a couple of Ruby developers. It was cool to meet some people working on what I want to do. Next week, we are going to have a smaller event just with Omaha Code School students. I am really looking forward to it.

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30 AM. I wasn’t happy about it, but it gave me an opportunity to wrap up my prework. I learned about a version control method called GIT. It allows several people to work on the same project, and merge their updates together. It seems to work pretty well. I also finally finished my Ruby homework. The whole lesson we did seemed to be one step ahead of where I was at. I managed to get through it, but I definitely need more practice to really understand what I was doing.

Wednesday is my last day of work at Mutual of Omaha. I’ve been walking around the building trying to say thank you to the people who have worked with me over the years. It is kind of a bittersweet feeling. A lot of the people I have talked to have had a lot of good things to say about working with me. I really cherish their comments. Mutual is not the easiest place to make a difference, and it seems like I have.

Now I have a week to relax and get everything put together before class begins. I’m on the last downhill slide, and can see a cliff jetting upward in my future. Hopefully I can make the climb and come out on top. Only time will tell. Until then, I’ll enjoy a little relaxation.


One Thousand and Counting

Wow! I’m blown away. Last night I passed 1,000 views on this blog. I am constantly surprised by the number of people who are reading my posts on a regular basis. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the retweets, likes, shares, favorites, and pluses you have given my posts. It has really helped sustain my momentum. My goal going forward is to get the word out about what we are doing and learning in Omaha Code School. I hope that you get as much out of it as I do.

On another topic, tomorrow is the Silicon Prairie News meet-up. It’s an opportunity for me to meet some of the entrepreneurs that live in our community. I have admired this group of people from the outside for a long time, but now I get the opportunity to meet them and join their community. I might get to meet a few of my future classmates too.

Measuring Success

I had a conversation with a friend today about where we want to go in our careers. It was amazing just how differently we view success. My friend is the age as I am, single, and has a similar background. He mentioned that he really wants to rise up the corporate ladder and become a manager, and some day a vice president at his job.

When I explained that I want to love what I do, he had a puzzled look on his face. It doesn’t matter to me what my title is in life. It doesn’t matter how many people work for me, or if I’m a millionaire by the time I hit 40. I just want to enjoy what I do.

Work is where I spend the majority of my time. I believe that warrants doing something you love. I don’t want to dread getting out of bed everyday, or watch the clock every afternoon. I want to love what I do for a living. That’s my dream.

I’ve heard this same thought echoed by other successful people. Specifically, Warren Buffet. He has said he loves waking up every day, driving into work, reading newspapers and financial statements, and making investments. I can understand why he has no plans to retire. Why would he stop doing what he loves?

As I prepare to start class in two weeks, I can’t help but think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I know there will be lots of work, stress, deadlines, challenges, and headaches, but those are unavoidable. At the end of the day, I want to look back and be able to say I had fun. If I can do that, then I know I’ve been successful.

How Did I Not Know About This?

I read a tweet today from our lead instructor at Omaha Code School, Sumeet Jain. It was a link to where a presentation he gave was uploaded for us to watch. The presentation talked about Omaha Code School and how the class is set up. It was exactly what I have hoped this course would be. I would have loved to hear the Q&A session though.

What I was blown away by was the rest of the content on Tech Omaha. How did I not know about this? There is a calendar with all sorts of local meetups and events, and videos featuring overviews of local businesses. In addition to Omaha Code School, there are presentations from Peggy Bank, Hello Holidy, Travefy, and many more. I instantly subscribed to their YouTube channel, and will be setting aside some time to view many of the videos.

I still cannot believe I did not find out about this site before today. I will definitely be checking out the videos and maybe even attend some of the meetings. You should check it out too.

This is Getting Real

It’s official. I put my resignation notice in this morning. My last day of work is the 19th. Two short weeks away. Making it this far is an accomplishment. I decided to make a change for the better, and I have followed through with that decision. I’m proud of that.

Now the real work begins.

I am still making my way through the prework. When I started Ruby, there was quite a jump between the first lesson and the next. I think I will have to do some digging of my own to fill in the gaps. I’m nearing the end, just have command line and GIT to go. Hopefully I have stayed on top of it so that I can have a couple days to relax before Omaha Code School begins.