Today is November 07, 2019. After today, there will be only 54 days left in 2019. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is sitting back, confused about where the first ten months of the year went, but here we are. Today, I started thinking about what I might want to accomplish in the new year. I have previously talked about the possibility of starting a YouTube channel at some point in 2020, but I wanted to take some time to discuss some other goals of mine as well.
If you’re a developer – especially if you’re active on Twitter, chances are good that you’ve heard of the #100DaysOfCode challenge (and, similarly, the #365DaysOfCode challenge). The idea behind these challenges is that you will challenge yourself to code something, every day, for a predetermined number of days. A few years ago, I tried my hand at it, but wasn’t able to keep it up long enough to complete the full 100 days.
In 2020, I would like to try these challenges again – first starting with the 100-day challenge, and then eventually working my way up to a full year of daily coding. Likely, I will put some sort of self-imposed guidelines around this, to stop myself from slipping into the laziness that is updating README files every night before bed. Ideally, I would set a goal of completing, say, one small project per week, and contributing code to said project every day; something that would hold me to a goal of daily coding, but also allow me to work through small projects, which I could later showcase.
I won’t lie – filling up my GitHub contribution log with little green boxes will also be pretty nice.
Accessibility Research and Advocation
2020 is a Presidential Election year in the United States. While I can pretty confidently say that comprehensive Website Accessibility legislation will probably not be a top initiative for any candidates (at any level of government, honestly), it doesn’t mean I can’t still work to further the cause.
If you’ve been reading the blog for the last few weeks, you’ll know that I have decided to take November to work on starting to expand the research I did over the summer for my Website Accessibility essay. While I am hoping to jump start the process this month, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will not be completed this month, or even this year. The level of detail I am looking to include in my research this time around, combined with the fact that I don’t have to rush to meet a deadline, means I can (and should) take my time to ensure I am conveying the right message.
My 2020 goal for this research is to have everything completed within the year – specifically, I am hoping to have a completed paper written, and revised by early summer. In addition, during this process, I will be looking to become more active within the Accessibility community, and speak more publicly about why Website Accessibility is so necessary. I really want to make this upcoming year one where I can fully get behind causes I care so deeply about, and help others understand them as well.
Health and Wellbeing
2019 was the year I officially burned myself out. Not only that, but completely destroyed my health, both physically and mentally (from near-constant panic attacks and shortness of breath, to the fact that I am currently wearing a heart monitor (and have to, for the next two weeks), as I type this – no joke). It all started at the tail-end of 2016 (pretty much 3 years ago, to the day), with my stress levels through the roof, which increased to hit a breaking point near the end of 2017. In 2018, my husband and I welcomed our first child, which increased my anxiety once again, and brought along a slew of new health issues, and I’ve just never been the same.
I blame myself for a lot of this. I have failed to keep my anxiety in check at nearly every turn, and I have stopped caring for myself in the ways I used to – eating healthy meals, meditating, and practicing yoga, to name a few things. In 2020, I am looking to make my health and wellbeing a priority again, so I can get back to being myself. Along with therapy, I am looking to implement yoga and meditation practices into my daily life, to help round out my self-care routine. I am also looking to eat healthier, and make exercise a priority (once I am no longer suffering constant shortness of breath, that is).
As we move closer to the New Year, I’m sure I’ll come up with some other New Year’s Resolutions, both personally and professionally. At some point in December or early January, I plan to post a list of all of the goals I am looking to track publicly – the ones listed above, included – so keep an eye out for that.