2017 In Review

2017 In Review

What started weak ended up with a bang. Indeed, life is a wheel. #YOLO.

I greeted 2017 gloomily, walking aimlessly, unsure where I was headed, more specifically, with my career. I was happy with the salary, but I wasn’t happy with the type of work I was doing. Deep inside, I knew I’m meant to do something else. Work became unbearable and led me to pull the trigger.

Journey to Entrepreneurship

On April 2017, I was finally free from work and decided to pursue stock trading. I knew the fundamental and technical concepts and I’ve been trading on the side so I was pretty confident of what I’m about to do. But life decided to give me lemons, and I found out I wasn’t prepared enough for it.

Going full-time with it, along with the uncertainty of the market and the certainty of my monthly bills, it was harder than I thought. Being stubborn with my goals, I still tried to give it a shot and studied the new trends of the web on the side as a refresher course just to ease my nerves during market hours.

On The Crossroads

On September 2017, I decided to blog again, hence, the launching of this site (yay!), applying what I have learned. I have always enjoyed blogging and maintaining this means that I can be up to date with the industry’s new trends and best practices. Front-end web development has always been a source of entertainment to me. A month later, I have launched my portfolio site, senyth.me.

Crossing Fingers

On the middle of November 2017, I decided to formally use this knowledge in the industry I tried applying for work, hoping to provide value to the company who will be willing to hire me. Coming up to this was a difficult decision and I struggled a lot with my own thoughts of insecurity — mostly how I felt like I was a fresh graduate since I don’t have industry experience in this specific field even though I’ve been working for almost 6 years being a PeopleSoft developer.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my work back then but nothing seemed as entertaining and as exciting to me as web development. I know that I wouldn’t be truly happy unless I try this out and let my soul rest. Cliche, but yes, you only live once. In the end, we regret the things we didn’t do.

Best Gift Ever, So Far

On December 2017, God gave me a Christmas gift. A company decided to hire me as a front-end web developer. I couldn’t believe it myself! My dream job, my dream position has finally come true!

I am hyped and scared at the same time. Negative thoughts will sometimes swarm at me, but I brush them off knowing that God will sustain me in this journey. He brought me here, He will definitely carry me through it. Knowing that He is for me and with me gives me courage to always step forward. I couldn’t ask for more. To Him I give all the glory and honor.

Worth The Ride

To sum it up, I did have a pretty tough, but interesting year. Also managed to have a few trips here and there, and have been able to spend more time with my family, friends and church mates. As a bonus, my room has been renovated and unexpectedly matched my dream room. I definitely have learned a lot last 2017 and wouldn’t have it any other way. Struggles and challenges bring about growth and maturity. So be thankful for every circumstance that comes your way.

Life is a wheel. But it is a beautiful wheel.