Software Development

Back in the saddle

It’s been a rough year. I’ve had some major health issues that, in hindsight, probably already started plagueing me somewhere in 2017. With the worst of it hitting me in January and February of this year. Roughly a year earlier, we had chosen to start our own company, jodiBooks. At the beginning of this year, that turned out to be a godsend. It’s annoying to have to take sick days no matter where you work and I did my best to keep cranking out regular software updates, but when pain and illness are making you run on less than 4 hours of sleep a night for more than 2 months, at some point too much is just too much…

Now that I am better again, I’m checking in with myself. I’ve missed out on quite a lot of things I would have wanted to do. Over time, I’ve slowly but steadily had to decline more and more activities and had to even go back on my commitments. It sucked.

Being sick enough to wonder how much a human body can withstand (as it turns out, a lot) and really, really seriously worry about how it’ll all turn out, seriously makes you re-evaluate your priorities afterwards.

This new blog is fresh. I am not an avid blogger, not at all. I have an old blog here, which as you can see has been silent for more than a year. It’s just that it feels like the right thing to do to make a fresh start. I have an itch to scratch. What I guess I’m writing here, is my half-year resolutions. Sort of. There are a number of things I want to do.

I am not one to stay in one spot for long. I need to do new things. In the past I’ve taken piano lessons, one motorcycle lesson, went indoor skydiving a couple of times, took guitar lessons, did a lot of projects, painted, sang in a band and sang with a guitarist. I’ve worked on intesting software projects and software side projects. I’ve volunteerd at two nonprofits and am still active for both. In short, I love doing a variety of things.

Resolution 1. I’m going to start a new painting. I still have to buy the canvas, but I’ve already chosen the photo I want to work from.

Resolution 2. Starting July 1st, 2019, I will be available as freelance software engineer for 3 days a week. The other days I will be working on jodiBooks. Why? Well, frankly, the reason is twofold. Firstly, after I got my Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, at first I seriously thought about becoming a freelance software engineer. But I hesitated. I didn’t know where to start. The idea of being a freelancer actually scared me at first. So I applied for a ‘normal’ job. After having done a number of projects as well as worked on several products in various companies, it became obvious to me that I prefer a project-based approach and that I have an innate need to understand the whys and hows of most things. I crave learning. I get up to speed quickly. I love getting up to speed in a new domain. I appreciate the beautiful things others can do with code. In short, I really want to do a project for a company again. Secondly, as long as jodiBooks doesn’t have enough customers yet, we’re living off our savings. When we do have enough revenue, I’d like to get my Master’s degree in Mathematics. It’s a dream I hope to be able to fulfill someday. But, right now, jodiBooks doesn’t have enough customers yet to do that. One day… 🙂 As you can probably tell, I’m a bit risk averse. But also, there are some things I just really need sometimes, like a massage. While trying to get on top of my health issues, I spent quite some resources.. Right now, I’d like to do a project, to stay relevant in today’s job market (yes, I care about that), and to feel a bit more secure money-wise. Sneak in a massage or two.

I’ve registered with the Chamber of Commerce, I should get the confirmation soon =) And you know what, I can use jodiBooks to do my finances 🙂

I’ve identified other things I want to do as well. But let’s start with these two and see where that brings me.

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