For the last few months I've been willfully unemployed.
It's not ideal for our bank account, but it is refreshing for the mind, body, and spirit. In the end, I think this break will lead to great things.
Here's what's been keeping me busy.
- Watching my boys grow up every day. Most importantly, teaching them about the Harlem Shake.
- Staying active. Remembering to play with Parker, take more walks, and even shoot some hoops. (Note: the shooting hoops part was ugly.)
- Spring cleaning 2013 -- home version. I sold $2,500 of stuff on eBay, and donated tons of stuff to charity.
- Spring cleaning 2013 -- mind version. I unfollowed dozens of people on Twitter and cut out mediocre RSS feeds. This strategy was inspired by Jonas Downey's "What my daughter taught me about worrying".
- Reading. Trying to finish up Quiet and Dream Team. Both are excellent so far.
- Writing. Trying to keep this blog up to date and interesting.
- Teaching (and learning) HTML by being a teaching assistant and mentor at The Starter League.
- Learning the basics of Ruby. Wrote a quick class to see if I could pull Twitter profile images.
- Built a site using Middleman for the first time.
- Learning more about YAML and testing with Rails Fixtures.
- Guiding Julie with HTML and Git as she navigates the Beginner's HTML class at The Starter League. Only 6 weeks in and she's creating great stuff.
- Generally observing and learning from others. Watching, listening, and understanding how people operate and what motivates them.
- Researching and trying out the jobs-to-be-done framework. I even did my first JTBD interview with Julie.