25th Post – A Reflection of My Blogging Journey

Earlier today, I made my 25th blog post about how I Love Teaching – and it’s already been getting really nice traffic.  What is nice traffic you ask?!?  Well for a tiny phytoplankton in this giant internet ocean like myself, that looks like about 35-50 views – nothing earth shattering – but I’m loving the experience and the internal insights.  Writing is coming very naturally, and it’s really helping sort out my version of the human experience and organize my thoughts.  Sometimes it might look like ramblings – however some posts feel like the makings of some really quality content.  Usually, it’s just close family and friends finding it entertaining.  Whatever it is, it’s a good thing and this post is about reflecting on my last 25 blog posts, 3 personal transformations, and my favorite posts to date.

3 Transformations Since Starting to Blog:

      1. Two weeks ago, I began volunteering two nights a week to teach children, ages 13-18, how to code in HTML & CSS.  This has been tremendous, seeing kids light up about embedding a YouTube video or listing out their favorite foods and attaching pictures on a web page has really sparked some curiosities in a few youngsters that might grow into something great.  This has ignited a passion for educating people, and particularly youngsters that I want to seek out further.
      2. Started a Morning Routine that I’ve been consistent with 90% of mornings.  This one practice is BY FAR the most important key to my recent performance and productivity improvements.  Why report about a 90%? Because I’m human and want to emphasize how nobody is perfect, and there have been days I’ve woken up and not felt up to my hour-ish long routine.  The one thing I have noticed is this: The days where I don’t complete a morning routine are the days I’m typically least productive, which is a great thing to know about one’s self.
      3. Meditate for ~20min per day.  Doing this in the mornings helps me come alive and focus on the task of the day.  Doing it in the evening helps clear my mind of the day and prepare for a restful night sleep.  Overall, the benefits to my mood and mental stability have been phenomenal and I would recommend this practice to anyone who is setting aside even just 2-5min a day.

My Top 7 Favorite Posts Thus Far (in order):

why 7?…. why not…?

    1. My Morning Routine – It’s the one I link back to most and have edited the most, it’s my best work in progress.
    2. Oh Snap! That’s a Cold Shower! – Entrepreneur on Fire’s John Lee Dumas commented on this post and really inspired some great confidence about what I’m doing.
    3. 1 (More) Reason I Love my Mother – This has been, BY FAR the most visited post.  That’s because thanks to my mother’s Facebooking abilities, she was able to share it and attract nearly 900 unique visits to my site that day.  Even WordPress told me the post was, and I quote, “Blowing up.”
    4. Preparing to Ignite – This was the post right that inspired the morning routine.  I realized on this day that turning 30 was 1,282 days away and I wanted to transform.
    5. Just keep swinging, just keep swinging… – This post was a great personal reflection about overcoming the difficulties and frustrations of learning to code and the learning process in general.
    6. “I am Groot” – surprisingly, this post got me about 3 or 4 follows (like 30-40% of my followers at this time…)  It was a reaction to my experiences watching Guardians of the Galaxy and a metaphorical analysis of the Groot character.
    7. Group Therapy: Lessons from our 1st Group Project – We’ll round out the list with a reflection on what I learned from completing our first group project between back end, front end, and iOS developers.  It’s an honest post with some good takeaways.

“I am Groot”

“I am Groot.”  3 words, 1 phrase: changes everything.  The most selfless super hero I’ve ever encountered was just introduced tonight in the Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy.  This was my first view of the flick and I was very pleasantly surprised by it overall.  Despite the late 80’s comedy and great soundtrack, I want to focus this post on Groot, the tree-like galaxy creature that played a vital role on the team that was Guardians of the Galaxy.  See, on multiple occasions, Groot demonstrated an ability to be completely selfless and save his team in the most dire of situations.  He was able to do so without any expectation of reward or thoughts of grandeur.  How can I tap into this skill set?  How can YOU tap into this skill?  How can all of us tap into this skill set?  He had all the desirable qualities: strength, wisdom, and women love him (at least the two in the room that I was watching it with, 1 being my girlfriend Dani).  He never did anything over the top, yet he was action oriented and kept his poise at all times. As I reflect on Groot, and his sacrifice at the end of the flick, I come to realize how impacting the quietest character can be.  This tree-like organism knew his place perfectly (if you can even call it a his…) and played the role in the super-human team that triumphed over the enemy.  Speaking from my Leo personality, it is so easy to get caught up in being the main character and to identify with the protagonist – yet when I watch a character like Groot, I’m inspired to be more selfless and to be the best character I can be in my own capacity.  I know this has nothing to do with coding or JavaScript like my previous posts, however doesn’t it make you question who you might be in the teams you’re a part of?  Let’s all consume a little more chlorophyll and become more Groot-like in the teams we participate in, sans expectation and judgement.  We can be certain that our other teammates will see us as valuable and crucial pieces in the end, for better or for worse.  Here’s to Groot! You fun-loving, root-growing example.