Looking back, looking forward, and giving thanks

“Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy.
When you touch nonfear, you are free.”
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2014! I’ve always liked the first part of a new year–it’s a good time to take stock, and take a little time to be mindful about where I’m going and what I’m doing. So this post will probably be a little more me-centric than usual, but hopefully there’s something of interest to you too–assuming you’re a fellow web designer, web dev, front-end developer, or just an all-around web geek :)

Looking back

2013 was a great year for me professionally, definitely one of my best so far. As I talked about in my very first post, I started 2013 in bit of a rut and like I was slipping behind the times a little in my profession. Now at the end of 2013 I’m much more up-to-date on skills, feeling rejuvenated, more engaged in the web community, and very excited for the future. All the people, projects, organizations, resources, and communities that have helped me get to this point are too numerous to list, but I want to call out a few that I’m particularly thankful for.
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Old dog, learning new tricks

“There is no need to sharpen my pencils anymore. My pencils are sharp enough.”
— Ze Frank

Before we get things started here, you should really watch this video. Even if you’ve seen it before, watch it again. It’ll be worth it, I promise.

As someone roughly the same age as Ze there (give or take 18 months), one thing I’ve noticed over the years is how the older you get the quicker the years go by, and time has a way of slipping away from you, especially when you’re not paying attention. This point was brought home most recently when, in cleaning up my web hosting from old long-abandoned projects and old cruft, I realized that it’s been over a decade since I registered a domain name and took my first steps into blogging.
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