Archive for August, 2017

Returning to art

August 20th, 2017

When I was young, art was the hobby that I spent the most time on. I’d easily spend hours sitting in my room drawing with just pencil and paper. (Oh those pre-internet days…) Then in high school, I took art lessons at a nearby art studio, which provided all the materials and allowed me to try different mediums. The instructors also didn’t teach you step-by-step. They’d let you pick the project and then offer tips and guidance along the way, which worked really well for me.

Unfortunately, I had to stop the lessons in college because I was too busy, and I lived farther from the studio. Since then, I hadn’t really returned to working on artwork. I’d maybe do a drawing or two a year, but that was mainly it.

This year, I really wanted to get back into that hobby. Past attempts didn’t work out because I’d be frustrated by how rusty I was and how nothing came out the way I wanted it to. This time, I’m being more patient. After all, no one is amazing in the beginning. I know I need to practice, practice, practice.

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A look back on my tech journey

August 10th, 2017

I’m sure you’ve all been aware of what’s been happening in the tech industry, and it saddens me that we still have to deal with these issues and that this type of toxic thinking is still prevalent. I thought about writing something on it, but there’s better articles out there by people who can articulate their thoughts better than me.

To combat some of this negativity, I wanted to reflect on the positive things in my career and what I’ve learned, because we could all use a bit of positivity, right? This doesn’t mean that everything was smooth sailing because I’ve had my fair share of frustrations and toxic people. However, when I look back on the journey as a whole, I am happy to say that it’s been a positive one that I’m glad I took.


1. I still love what I do.

Just last month, I hit my 10 year anniversary of working in the tech industry. In college, I chose to major in Computer Science, and from the very first semester, I found that I loved it. This interest didn’t falter through my four years there (even if there were some classes I hated). 10 years after graduating, I’m still in the tech industry, and I still love what I do. This is an accomplishment I’m really proud of.

2. I didn’t expect to change my career path.

I started as a software developer, then promoted to senior software developer, and then promoted again to development manager. I’m currently working towards the director level.

5 or 6 years ago, I remember my parents asking me if I wanted to be a manager. I immediately answered “no”. At the time, I was a tech lead, and I wanted to keep being a developer. I did not want to manage people. Somewhere down the road, I realized I was good at it, and it interested me more than I thought. Well, here I am now, managing one of the larger developer teams in our company, and I don’t regret this choice.

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