Enjoy the present because tomorrow is not promised

Stop and smell the rosesIt is often said that most people cannot enjoy the present because they are always dwelling on the past or looking to the future. I think that I can be counted in that category most of my life but as I have aged I have slowly learned to not take anything for granted and to enjoy the present as much as I can.

An often heard phrase is “stop to smell the roses”. This means to take the time out of your day to realize where you are, what you are doing, who you are doing it with and most importantly why you are doing what you do.

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Why I love drinking green tea

Green Tea

I love green tea. I drink a lot of tea in general, but by far my favorite is the green variety. I will drink it hot in the Winter and cold in the Summer. Besides the refreshing taste, there are many other benefits to drinking green tea that might not be well known to most people.

First off, there isn't just one type of green tea, there are many varieties. Among the different varieties are Sencha, Tencha, Matcha, and Gyokuro.  The most popular variety is Sencha. These are all teas grown in Japan, the capital of green tea. Read more about the various varieties of green tea.

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Evolution via Agile

Evolution via Agile

Technologies evolve, processes evolve, businesses evolve and even people evolve (some more than others). Of those, I think that technology evolves quicker than anything else. It seems like overnight technologies can change.

With technology changes, there is a need to constantly be updating and evolving digital communications as well. When I say digital communications, I am referencing websites, web applications, blogs, email newsletters.

I have worked on several development teams that have adopted the Agile approach and I have learned a lot and adopted many of the Agile processes to my development process on freelance projects. Some staples of agile development are Sprints, Epics, SCRUM, Stand-Ups, and Feature Driven Development. I won’t go into detail for each one, but a good article can be found here.

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2018 New Year – New Resolutions

Many people in a new year make New Year’s resolutions, and I am no different. Some people write down their resolutions on paper, some just make them mentally and nerds like me blog them out!

Without further ado, here are my 2018 New Years resolutions, at least some of them.

  • Exercise regularly, drink more water and meditate often.
  • Eat healthy meals.
  • Practice gratitude and take walks of gratitude.
  • Read more books.
  • Be a better friend, and overall a nicer, kinder person.
  • Don’t try and force success. Trust the process and enjoy the work you do and the people you do it with and success will follow.
  • Smile and laugh more!
  • Enjoy what I do, whether it be web development/design. blogging or whatever.
  • Thanks to Jon Gordon and 20 positive tips for inspiration!

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    Reflections of 2017

    Reflecting on 2017

    It is December 30th as I write this. 2017 is almost over and as with a lot of people, the last few days are a time to reflect on the year that has been, and to make resolutions for the year to come. In this blog post, I will write my thoughts as well as share some of my New Years resolutions.

    I’m going to come out and say it, 2017 has been brutal. I thought 2016 was a down year, but 2017 said to 2016 “hold my beer”. I mean this year has been challenging to say the least. I truly believe that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and this has been truly been put to the test this year.

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    Sorry, but I won’t be joining you in your protest or boycott

    Protest

    It seems everywhere you turn your head these days there is a protest of one sort or another. Let’s see… there are the NFL players protesting the National Anthem, there are people protesting the NFL because of those NFL player protest. There are people protesting the Confederate statues and also people who are protesting the people protesting the statues (pro-Confederate/Old South values). Additionally, there are many businesses that people boycott for one belief or another.

    I am not the most political person in the world, but I definitely have my opinions. I have always considered myself pretty moderate politically, not leaning extremely left or right. Yes, I have tended to vote Democrat most of the time, but when you have people like this bozo running for office it is an easy choice. In my opinion, the Democrats usually have the better of the two candidates.

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    2017 half way through, in review.

    We recently passed the halfway point in 2017. While this year has gone by fast, it has not gone by well for me thus far. I had great dreams and ambitions for 2017 which have not materialized. Not yet anyway.

    At the start of January everyone has great hopes for the year ahead. Everything is new, the year is ahead of us and we can start over (at least for a while). I know I had great hopes for 2017, but the year started off bumpy and quite frankly has been a “Debbie Downer” for me thus far. I won’t go into full details but so far this year I have dealt with loss, depression, anxiety, doubt, excitement, disappointment, bad luck and a lot of soul-searching.

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    why learning core JavaScript is still important

    JavaScript

    The big deal now and the last several years with JavaScript is the modern frameworks. The most popular being Angular JS, React JS and Vue JS . It seems like every posting you see for a front-end web developer position wants you to have hard-core experience with one of these frameworks. (Mostly Angular, but some React and Vue JS is kind of the underdog at this point.) One thing you hardly see anymore is a need for the skill of core JavaScript often referred to as “Vanilla” JS and I think this is a complete shame.

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    The death of grunge

    the death of grunge

    The early 1990’s were an interesting time. The economy was bad. America was at War in Iraq with the gulf war, George H.W. Bush was President, and I was a young adult recently out of college and struggling to find myself.

    I was young, unsure of what I wanted in life and my career, and I was confused. I was not unlike many other Gen X’ers during that time period. I struggled, but I pulled through. I wasn’t sure of who I was or what I wanted to accomplish in life (in some ways I still don’t). I knew I wanted to change the world. Instead, the world changed me.

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    WordPress REST API 101

    WP-REST API

    I have recently been exploring the REST API plugin for WordPress and how it works, and why it is such a big deal, as I’ve been hearing for a while that the WP Rest API is “a game changer” in the web development world. Of course, as a web developer, we hear this every month about some new technology, so I was a bit skeptical.

    The nuts and bolts

    The WordPress REST API is now in Version 2 and was introduced a few years ago. It can be installed and activated as a plugin simply named WP REST API. “REST” is an acronym and stands for “REpresenatational State Transfer”. “API” is also an acronym standing for “Application Program Interface”. There is one more acronym in this equation and that is “JSON” or “JavaScript Object Notation”.

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