I hate resolutions, and I think they’re an utter waste of time. Resolutions seem like a one-off list of things to accomplish, they seem to rarely have any concrete action plans behind them. Perhaps that’s why so many people give up on their New Year’s resolutions after a few weeks.
But I ❤️ intentions. Instead, I tend to note down things that sound interesting, add a bit of a description, and if I have the time / motivation, I’ll flesh out a plan of attack. For me, it’s a low-stress way of achieving my goals, while also keeping a list of things I can tinker with in my free time.
ES6 for Everyone
React for Beginners
I feel like a fucking Wes Bos fangirl now, but I signed up for this course when Wes offered it on sale over Black Friday. React is the shit in Silicon Valley, and I’m not only excited to learn more about it, but I’m excited to learn how to build JS-driven web apps. And from what little I do know about React, this web component approach is very, very interesting.
Miscellaneous front-end topics
Now that I have a more-than-reasonable grasp on front-end development, I’d like to learn more about writing better, more performant front-end code. I also feel like this ticks my maximizer strength 2 nicely—taking already good code, and making it better. ✅
CSS Methodologies & Sass
After exposure to several large-scale development projects involving larger teams of developers, I’ve developed an interest in better organization of CSS and Sass. There are loads of different methodologies out there including SMACSS, OOSCSS, and ITCSS, as well as different suggestions for methods for naming CSS classes (BEM, for example). I’ve already been experimenting with SMACSS and BEM, and look forward to sharing more of my findings in the future. 🙌
I love having a variety of side projects. I find side projects to be a nice way to relieve stress, practice new language skills, and otherwise try out new ideas.
Redesign & Develop a new theme for this site
I hired my friend Clayton Gerard to design a logo when I thought I’d still be freelancing 3. And even though I’m no longer interested in freelancing, I am still very interested in updating my site, and utilizing the new visual identity.
Alcatraz is a theme framework I started with my friends Braad and Jordan. We were hoping to solve two problems: 1) frustration with a shitty Theme Forest theme heavily utilized at my former studio; 2) boredom (because of said shitty theme). I’m basically the sole maintainer of the project now, but I’ve been actively working on the theme through 2016, and am hoping to merge my mega pattern-library branch back into master before the end of January!
WP Style Tiles
I’m really hoping to release WP Style Tiles to the WordPress repo before the end of the year. It’s in a good, workable place right now, but there are things I definitely need to tackle.
A To-Do List React App
I know absolutely nothing about React at this point (other than a few passing mentions), but I feel like it could be a good candidate for making a little to-do list app. Right now, I use Basecamp 3 to track all of these intentions and each little step within them. It works wonderfully, but paying $30 a month for multiple non-revenue projects is a bit shit.
Managing These IntenTions
I listed a lot of stuff to focus on in 2017. One might say too many things. But that’s the beauty of intentions. I list out all the things I am interested in, and use them as focus for my free time, not a hard and fast list of deliverables that I need to finish by the end of the year (I’m certain many of these intentions will carry well into 2018).
If you have a hard time sticking with resolutions or New Year’s goals, consider trying intentions in 2017.