Sitting in my chair in the living room, I keep looking at the clock, just anxiously waiting for the magic moment. Quite honestly, I feel like a senior in high school staring at the wall clock just waiting for the bell to ring and summer to be here. The difference is that the clock isn't counting down for for a fun relaxing vacation, but instead for my baby boy to be born. Though there are potentially several days before his arrival, that doesn't help relieve the anxiety or decrease my excitement levels.
While these things are going through my head, the past, the present, and the future are increasingly in my thoughts. Years ago, I would have never expected things to play out as they've played out, but that isn't a negative concept. From the days of spending hours a day working with some amazing guys dealing with the next greatest method of keeping the network secure to now working with the best group of folks developing sites/products for clients all over the country, the adventure never ends.
To say that my life so far has been an amazing ride would be an understatement; though I might not live in San Francisco, have a ton of friends with start ups, or have stock options worth millions, this doesn't stop those from happening in the future. Honestly this concept has been hard to grasp because so many people have already done so and this and most are younger. The difference is that just because the timeline played out differently, the end result is still the same; success and happiness.
Where is all this going and why the reason for this post? Many moons ago, I would write a blog that had significant traffic at it's peak. I would network with follow bloggers, programmers, and people in general not just for financial gain, but for friendship, conversation, and guidance/mentoring. Most importantly; I would learn and push myself harder to be better, smarter, and more valuable (not in net worth, but as a member of the community).
With my son on the way and hitting this point in my life where I feel like it's time to make a decision versus saying "what if," I want to get back to the old me. The passion, the drive, the dreams, it's all about leaving a legacy, providing for my family, and enjoying life. In order to do so, I want to do the things I've been making excuses for over the past months (in no set order):
- Learn Objective-C and start focusing on mobile development for a larger portion of my income
- Launch a start up (not a website, a product used by thousands) before the end of the year
- Begin sharing code publicly in order to learn better practices, help with open source projects, and become a stronger developer (both in regards to mobile and web)
- Share openly my goals and habits in order to be held "accountable" should I fail (just for the peer pressure)
None of these items take priority over my son, none of these take priority over my family, there simply isn't time to put them off any longer. In order to meet my five year plan (30 years old), these concepts simply have to be done now in order to get the timeline in order.
So for readers of this site, friends on Twitter & Facebook, this "blog" is going to become a place where I can simply share my opinions on the industry, on startups, as well as sharing code, projects, and just as an opportunity to meet some new folks.
PS: To my amazing wife, thank you for constantly listening to my nonsense ideas, being supportive of any business idea I throw your way, and most importantly, being my best friend and the mother of my baby boy. You're a rockstar and I couldn't do anything without you!
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