Hello everybody, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you find pockets of time for self-care. Self-care is even more important then.
Life is moving on in Bee-Land. After 1 1/2 years I have managed to get a job. Not quite sure when I will start but it's close by and a couple of hours so I can keep up with blogging and coding. Speaking of which...
Last week I managed to get the basic HTML done for the survey form. I still struggle to get an idea how to see the HTML (content of page) bits as blocks so I can add the CSS (how these blocks are styled) and create with it as I please. My idea was to get two columns in my form so I can ask both for "Bee Coding & SelfCaring" and for "The Bee Writes...".
I tried out CSS flexbox (adds rows and columns so you can create different parts in your page) but I get something wrong and it doesn't show up as two columns. The problem is that you have to be pretty exact in naming anything otherwise it doesn't work. Maybe I had most right but wrote "column" wrong? Hmmmmm....
I deleted everything I did and will start from the beginning tomorrow... hopefully. Another standstill here. That's frustrating and frustration isn't a good thing for my wellbeing. That is why I am going a little further in my self-care. Besides concentrating on my breath and being mindful I am going to add some extra meditation for tomorrow morning.
Do you struggle with a challenge? And what do you do to keep your wellbeing on track?
video credit: Meditative Mind via YouTube
This is a wonderful chant dedicated to the Indian God Ganesh who helps to remove all obstacles. This is what I am going to meditate about tomorrow.
In this sense
Happy Coding and Self-Caring!!!!!
Hello my dear readers, how are you doing? Is the weekend near or are you working in the next couple of days? No matter how your days are going, I hope life is treating you well!
All is fine in Bee Coding & SelfCaring land ;-). After a week or so, I managed to get back to the Free Code Camp Survey Form Challenge and was surprised how easy it went today.
I am nowhere near any finishing line, but at least I was able to write most of the HTML for the form. I plan to create a form that gives feedback both for the "The Bee Creates" page and the "The Bee Writes..." blog. I wanted to use the CSS Flexbox to create two columns and use one for this page and the other for "The Bee Writes...". Thinking about it now, it doesn't feel quite right. It should be for both blogs and not for the page and one blog. Hmm... I am going to change that.
The other problem I have, if I want to use this is form, is: I need to create a database to collect the data and I have no clue how to do that. Last week I had a look into free database offers. There are quite a lot. It needed me a while to figure out that I need to connect the questions of the form with a data block in the database. A steep learning curve. Not quite sure if I can manage.
I decided though to do the form first, and then figuring out how to use a database. That sounds like a plan, doesn't it? After all, I want to finish the Free Code Camp course first and then use the stuff.
I am still worried that my code is rather rubbish, but what do I expect? I am starting from zero knowledge, so I assume I am doing ok. Would be nice to find a mentor who could give me some pointers. I had a look into other threads, where people asked for feedback, in the Free Code Camp forum but half of the time I didn't understand anything of the answers. That didn't encourage me to ask. But I will have to eventually. I'll keep you updated.
Are you a lady around 50 starting to code? If so, please let me know your approach.
In this sense happy weekend and happy coding/selfcaring
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Hello out there! How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not that someone is around to give you a bear hug and serve you ice cream or your favourite beverage.
I am a bit insecure.
I am a blogger since 2009. I have blogged on many platforms from Blogger over Tumblr to Wordpress both the free version and the paid.
I have started and stopped several blogs and feel that doing another one is just a waste of time. But I love to blog. I also love to find some kindred spirits who are out to learn to code even though they are no spring chickens anymore. And I feel that "The Bee Writes..." isn't the right place for writing about this coding adventure.
It makes me sad, that I do not believe in my ability to juggle two blogs and make them a place where people can meet, and find something that connects them. Lately, I have realised that the main reason why I don't seem to be able to develop a proper "career", or stick with my blogs is my low self-esteem.
So many years of therapy and I am still stuck in this old story of "You can't", "You won't" & "You are not good enough". I wonder if that will ever change. Do you feel like that sometimes? And what do you do about it?
My current course of action is just to keep going. Maybe Mr Edison was right with finding 10, 000 ways that don't work until it works. That is my hope. It is also my hope that Mindfulness will get me ahead.
Last year I was introduced to "Mindfulness ~ A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" which helped a lot in calming my worries down. But you know how it is: You incorporate something new into your life and then it just slips away again. That's what happened to me. Or maybe I just need to do an upgrade to my mindfulness practice.
Do you believe in synchronicities? I do. Guess what I found on Tuesday in the library: "Every Breath You Take ~ How to Breathe Your Way to a Mindful Life". Rose Elliot writes in her introduction that she had trouble with Mindfulness until she discovered that the secret is breathing. Since she incorporates mindful breathing exercises many things have changed. I'll review the book in the "The Bee Creates/Writes... Newsletter" in August.
I found breathing exercises always very helpful and hope that this little book will give my self-esteem a boost. Especially as I struggle rather badly with the Free Code Camp projects I tasked myself with. Last week I finished the Tribute Page successfully. Not that my code is brilliant. Or at least I think it isn't. Wasn't courageous enough yet, to ask someone and get some advice.
But I am determined to master the art of asking for advice in the near future :-) . Until then I am working on creating a survey form for this page. Played around for an hour or so this morning but my poor mind got stuck in a thousand questions that needed answering and in the research to find out. Maybe that is the way to get somewhere.
For now, I leave both blogging and coding behind and get myself into the kitchen. The husband and daughter from another mother will need something to eat soon. Cooking is a good activity to let go of all worries. Someone once wrote you can "cook up a solution" this way. I like that idea and assume that my mind goes into creativity mode when I let go of my worries and concentrate on something entirely else. What do you think?
So, that is it for today. Here is a video that shows how a slightly younger woman than I changed her career from teaching to coding with a course. You can find the link to the YouTube location of this video underneath.
video credit: Financial Times via YouTube
Have a wonderful day, no matter what you have set out to learn and don't forget:
happy coding & self-caring
So, after a couple of months of hiatus here on Weebly I'll give this blog another go.
Since I stopped blogging here I have discovered an interest in coding and am learning via a charity called "Free Code Camp".
They offer free lessons in which you have to finish tasks to go ahead to the next topic and at the end of each chapter there are several projects to create so you can put what you learned into practice.
I managed the first project which you can find here but realised I wanted to share my experiences. Also, I realised that I would like to work as a freelance front end coder but self-care is very important for freelancers so I came full circle with my interests and projects.
This is why I chose to blog here again and hope I can make something out of this blog. It'll be informal. It'll be curious. It'll be fun. I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Happy Coding & SelfCaring
Video credit: Dylan Israel on YouTube.
The video is from 2015. Now it's FreeCodeCamp.org not FreeCodeCamp.com