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Day Two Hundred Sixty Two | Peace of Mind

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Day Two Hundred Sixty Two  | Peac of Mind

This didn’t come out right, but I’ve actually got too much good stuff going on right now to give a shit. I’ll just keep that black bar on this photo; the only thing missing is some road, and who cares about that?

See, I got important news. I’m an employee again, not just a contractor anymore. No contract work, no freelance work, none of that mess. Just a steady check every two weeks, and a lot of peace of mind.

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Day Two Hundred Forty Five | Against the Odds

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Day Two Hundred Forty Five | Against the Odds

I’ve been getting some work done today on my old, tiny laptop. Now that I’m used to working on the 24" iMac at work, getting anything done on my three-year old, half-dead 15″ laptop is a pain.

It’s old, small, and rickety, but I managed to churn out some more pretty sweet-looking work. My mortgage payment went through via auto bill payment a few days ago, and I didn’t even notice; it didn’t put a dent in my bank account. Things have really turned around really quickly!

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Day Two Hundred Twenty One | On Fire

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Day Two Hundred Twenty One | On Fire

I wasn’t burned out today by the time I got out of work. It’s because I wasn’t bogged down by the sort of development work that pays the bills but fails to ignite my spirit. Today, we put everything on the back burner, and jumped into a new, huge, exciting project. A project where I’m actually going to be involved in the design and UI development of a site for a company some people have actually heard of before.

Things are moving fast, and this is the type of work I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Which means, I’m going to kick major ass on this project and have another feather in my cap in a few weeks. Things are starting to snowball into something I can definitely get behind.

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Day One Hundred Fifty Nine | Themes

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Day One Hundred Fifty Nine | Themes

That WordPress theme I worked on this past week has really helped me level up my development skills. It couldn’t have come at a better time; I’ve been really feeling like I’m just not cut out for web development. The theme I built was almost good enough to sell as a theme. A little more customizability (not needed because it was built specifically for a client, to their specifications) and I could make themes for public consumption.

Once I get through the deluge of duties, the first of which is working out a quote for another project, I’m going to get to work making a custom theme or two to see if I’ve really got what it takes. This is going to be fun.

On a side-note, I wonder what coffee place used to stand where the sign in this picture was. And I wish that building hadn’t been in the way of my shot. That building is an asshole.

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Day One Hundred Forty Four | Close

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Day One Hundred Forty Four | Close 

I started working on another project today, essentially building out a WordPress theme out of some design comp already handed to me. Should be some quick, easy money (I know WordPress like the back of my hand).

The whole economic downturn seems to be affecting Orlando a lot worse than in Miami. Every time I go down there, everything looks peachy, and there are just as many giant SUVs and exotic sports cars and overpriced homes and so forth. Here, I’ve been seeing places go out of business at light speed. It seems like every day, there’s another place out of business, and another vacant building demolished.

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Day One Hundred Twenty Four | Structure

Friday, May 15th, 2009

While I’m not there yet, I started getting things back in order again. That meant building some structure back into my life, and getting rid of some of the noise.

I got up on time and immediately knocked something simple off my everlasting to-do list, after having added a few new items the previous night. I think this is an excellent way to start the day. I had a tough time keeping up with the list of things to do that I had made for myself, but managed more than half of them, and that’s better than nothing.

By Monday, I should have a lot less clutter to worry about, and a lot more actual stuff to do. It’s about time.

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Day Ninety | Nearing Completion

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Today, I got my portfolio to a point where I’m finally beginning to be happy with it. The online portfolio, for a web designer/web developer, is itself a design piece, and so I’ve taken extreme care to make my portfolio the absolute best web project I’ve ever done. It’s a labor of love, if you will.

I might have also gotten a lead for an interesting web project that I’ll be passing along to my quasi-employer (which would mean that I’d be working on it anyway). It’s a lot more work than I could ever handle on my own, and a lot of work in this recession is exceptionally good.

The portfolio is nearing completion. And for once, I’m… excited.

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Day Eighty Five | At the Bottom of the Sea

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The living room I’ve been using to make a living is no longer being used for that… because the little freelance work I’ve been doing has fallen through.

Now, I’ve got no work, enough cash to survive for at most two months, and I’m stuck in an area with 10% unemployment, where the few jobs available lie in the healthcare and hospitality industries. Oh, and it’s my birthday.

At least I’ve still got my camera.

The camera keeps me going.

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Day Eighty One | End of the Road

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The freelance work that’s been tiding me over has stalled somewhat lately, and that means it’s time to turn on that sense of urgency and finish up my portfolio as quickly as I can.

It dawned on me that I need a regular work environment. One with coworkers, with new relationships to dive into, with social interaction. As soon as I left retail for a small business web development job, my social interaction fell off a cliff. And when I lost that, it ceased to exist entirely.

Being predisposed toward isolation, I’m not going to seek out relationships with new people. I need to be forced into them. I need a job that makes me part of a team. I need to network.

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Day Sixty Seven | Stay on Track

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

It’s a call to arms, er, work. I’ve been slacking this week, there’s no other way to say it. I have been dong exercise, which is good, but I’ve also lost track on work. And since this is a la carte sub-contractor freelance, if I work less, no one complains, but I also make less.

Tonight, I got a small sub-project knocked out, and with any luck, I’m going to get a few more knocked out tomorrow. I’ve got a few social engagements lined up, so I may be propping up each piece of my life a little bit at a time. As long as I don’t lose sight of the goals I’ve made for myself, and stay on track, I should do well.

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