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šŸ’Œ Self-Reflection: My Letter To 2020

adiatiayu profile image Ayu Originally published at adiati.com 惻Updated on 惻3 min read

Dear 2020,

You are such a roller coaster year for many of us.
And not an exception to me.

I can't say anything more than you have been a bittersweet year.

As a mom, it's very heartbreaking to see my daughter couldn't see her friends and teachers due to lockdowns and uncertainty.
But I'm grateful that she's still happy despite this situation.

As a wife, I am grateful that my husband still can keep his job, though I know that working from home for almost a year is very hard for him.

But you know, I still have more things to be grateful for than to complain about.
And that I and my family are healthy is one of them.

There is a saying, "Start to count your blessing and say your gratitude".
I do this every day, every time.
But this time, let me say some of them out loud in this letter.

šŸ“š Learning

  • I got a year membership on egghead.
    Not in a million years that I thought I would be able to access it (for a stay home mom without income, the membership is so out of my pocket).
    Now it's one of my go-to resources for 1 whole year!
    Thank you so much, Horacio & Michael Liendo, for making this happen! šŸ¤—

  • I took Full-Stack Javascript Online Bootcamp by Flavio Copes (I got a huge group discount which I could afford).
    I haven't finished the entire Bootcamp, but besides going deep into vanilla JS, I've taken a dip into some frameworks and databases such as Node JS, MongoDB, Redis, Airtable, GraphQL, React, and Vue.
    And because I've tried those things out, I finally decided to learn React (and eventually GraphQL and NodeJS)!

  • I start the Frontend Career Path at Scrimba in September.
    And I do enjoy it so far!

  • I start to dive into React!
    Thank you, Bekah, for the Epic React Fundamental! I'm forever grateful! šŸ˜˜

šŸŽ‰ Achievement

  • I finished my first vanilla Javascript mini-project which adding up to a few more mini-projects.

  • I did my first open-source contribution!
    I learned how to use git outside my personal project for the first time.
    Special thanks to Dan Ott & Mike Rogers! šŸ’™

  • I start to write blogs more regularly last November.
    Thank you for the initiative of the November monthly-challenge, Virtual Coffee! šŸ™
    I even bought my own domain way sooner than I planned!
    I start to learn about Google Analytics and SEO.
    For someone who just starts to write for a little more than a month, looking at these analytics makes me really happy!

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ā­ Events, Family & Friendship

  • One of the obstacles that I have as a stay home mom is I cannot do networking and attending events in person.
    But because of you, 2020, I could attend several (big) virtual events, even for free! Thank you for that!

  • Thank you for keeping my friends closer, for crossing my path with these amazing people who support me tremendously in my journey, and for giving me a big new family! (not in order):

    • Marika
    • Bekah
    • Francesca
    • Wendy
    • Frauke
    • Sara Torrey
    • Surayya
    • Horacio
    • Sophia
    • Sara McCombs
    • Dan
    • Mike
    • Meg
    • Nick
    • Kirk
    • Debra-Kaye
    • All Virtual Coffee members that I can't mention one by one, but each one of them means so much to me! ā¤

So, however hard it was, thank you for still bringing beautiful things to me, 2020!

šŸ™ My Wish For 2021

I hope this year I could go further with my learning journey and landing a job.

I wish 2021 would be a much better year for all of us šŸ™


Cheers,
Ayu Adiati

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BekahHW

Thank you so much, Ayu ā¤ļø Iā€™m so happy to have you as part of my community and Iā€™m grateful we have technology that allows us to be friends. Very much looking forward to continuing this friendship in 2021.

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Ayu Author

Thank you so much for everything, Bekah! ā¤
Looking forward to 2021 as well!

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Nick Taylor (he/him)

So glad to have met you through Virtual Coffee this year Ayu. šŸ˜Ž

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Ayu Author

Happy to know you too through VC, Nick šŸ¤©

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Ben Halpern

Thank you for your contributions!

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Ayu Author

Thank you for the great DEVCommunity, Ben!

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Horacio Herrera

This makes me so happy Ayu!!

I'm glad I could help with your journey so far and what 2021 brings you!

also shout out to @mtliendo who helped me with half of your gift! ;)

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Ayu Author

Thank you so much, Horacio!

And thank you so much, @mtliendo ! šŸ˜„

Appreciate the chance that you both give me! ā¤

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motivatedman

Thanks for such a motivational letter.

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Ayu Author

Thank you for reading! ā˜ŗ