2013: Year in Review

2013 has definitely been my year: I managed to get into my dream career, I went on the trip of a lifetime through four European countries, and I finally flew the coop and moved out on my own. Despite that, I have spent the last couple of days (when writing this, in late 2013) feeling […]

October French Month: Week 1 Progress Update

Original Post: October Project: Back to Basics with French! After spending 15 minutes every day on Duolingo, every day for a week, I seem to be making solid progress. Level 5 in French, completed Basics, Basics 2, Phrases, Food, Animals, and working on Adjectives and onward. The most difficult part has been setting aside time […]

October Project: Back to Basics with French!

My September project failed miserably – I hardly had time to spend thinking about structuring an entire website let alone having the brain power to do so. I can’t blame anyone but myself but I’m course correcting and picking projects that are much smaller in scope and therefore much easier to keep up with! October […]

My Advice to Young Me

I’ve spent most of my teens and twenties listening to advice. Follow your passion, don’t give up on your dreams, do what makes you happy… I bet you’ve heard it all. Not that I’ve become jaded or cynical, but that sort of advice never served me well. I’ve compiled some advice that I would have […]

Goodbye Nights: The Start of Small, Actionable Projects

There are 24 hours in the day, and I already spend around 20 hours a day sleeping, eating, commuting, or working, which leaves just about 4 hours for whatever it is that I can cram in there. Those 4 hours are about to disappear. Starting in September (that’s THIS month!), I will be attempting to […]

Happiest of Birthdays

Yesterday was my birthday. Typically, I don’t acknowledge it or make a big deal, but yesterday was really fun. It was a work day, but it was just so… satisfying. Here’s the gist of it: Midnight phone call from my better half Stepping out of my door and sinking into a full foot of snow […]

2012: Year in Review

Yes, you know it, it’s time for that ever clicheed end of the year blog post/review/brain fart! Well, I didn’t do one of these for 2011, and I was only setting goals with my end of 2010 post, so I thought it would be nice to start the tradition of looking back on the past […]

Thoughts on Ubiquitous Photography

If you follow my blog (hello, all five of you!), you’ll have seen a post I made in October talking about scaling back in social media. Funny enough, there was something else that I subconsciously scaled back: capturing moments with my camera. I like to think I’m a photographer. I bust out the camera, whether […]

Scaling Back on Social Media

For the past few months, I’ve been scaling back on the amount I share on various social networks. My tweets have been coming with less frequency, I no longer use Path or Instagram, and I’m not sure I am even using Pinterest correctly. I’m not knocking anyone who uses these platforms on a regular basis. […]

Being Lost

Hi, my name is Jon, and I’m a bit lost in life. *pauses for greetings* I’ve spent the last month flip flopping between ideas, contemplating re-joining the working force, and generally being unhappy. I started September with the idea that I could take a serious attempt at becoming a good developer and building a web […]