I’ve been in Texas for about a year now! It’s gone by so fast and I feel like so much has happened. I got engaged this past spring and married this summer. It was a small ceremony (just us and our photographers) at a back country cabin in Colorado. It was amazing and I know I’m going to remember it for the rest of my life.
I’ve been trying to focus on hobbies in my free time and just having fun outside of work. Coding/Programming has just become less fun for me and more of just a work thing. I used to have so many ideas, apps, and businesses that I wanted to create, but honestly, as I’ve been getting older (now married) and with work getting more stressful, I just don’t want to code any more than I have to. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just a work thing for me now.
With my hobbies, I’ve been trying to focus on the fun and the craft of them. In the past, I would tend to find something new and obsess about it, which would inevitably lead to analysis paralysis and me not having fun with it anymore.
I’ve started to bake bread more regularly. After years of messing around with getting a sourdough starter going, I decided to just jump in and make bread with commercial yeast. I try to bake a couple loaves of bread a week and try to experiment with it each time, seeing what succeeds and what fails. I used to constantly read and go down rabbit holes so I could be perfect on the first try. Now, I’m focusing on what works for me and finding the loaf of bread that I find to be perfect.
This past year I’ve been developing an interest in chess, and I’m starting to use it to get over my fear of failure. I’ve found myself getting utterly decimated when playing games online. It’s a hard feeling to get over, and realizing that I need to start with the most absolute basics of the game has kept me from even thinking about the game for months at a time. I’ve never been much of a strategy game person (I’m certainly a slow thinker), but I think chess is a good game to get into to become one. So, going forward, I’m going to try and at least play one game a day, have fun with it, and separate my ego from a rating number.