What is UML And Why Learning It Can Make You A Better Developer

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Before I took the class “Object Oriented Analysis and Design with UML” last semester, I used to put minimal thought into every single component and overall structure at the start of any new project I was going to code. As the eager beginner I still am, I was simply excited to start writing code and would always figure out the structure as I went along.

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BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Alchemist

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“The Alchemist” has been on my list of books to read for so many years. We had crossed paths on many occasions. Friends recommending it, seeing the book on the shelf at work, at friends’ houses, noticing it sitting in my Goodreads recommendations. But for one reason or another I didn’t end up reading it until this past month.

“The Alchemist” – Paulo Coelho

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JOURNAL: Reflections on 2018

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2018 was a year of deep inner growth. Creating a vision for what I want my career and life to look like was an integral part of my year as well. I did this by hitting pause on the mental chatter and getting still. Through that, the foundation was set for everything that is to come. As they say, the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit. So, if you’re going to put in so much work over the span of many months or even years, wouldn’t you want it to go towards exactly what you want out of life, instead of achieving other people’s dreams in vain.Read More »

Happy Tunes and Soothing Melodies

Happy Saturday everyone! Occasionally, I get messages asking me to share what songs I’m listening to on my instagram stories. So, I’ve finally put together a couple of playlists.

I am by no means knowledgeable in music, nor do I believe I have a particularly refined taste in music. I just like what I like and, if your music taste converges with mine, you might enjoy either one of my playlists.

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The first is Saturday Sun. A purposefully obnoxious degree of happiness is infused into this playlist to get your day started on the right foot. This one is about hacking your mindset first thing in the morning and making yourself believe you are on vacation by the coast, having the time of your life. Because, honestly, we should be having the time of our lives every single day. Happy vibes all round with this one.

On the other hand, Promise Me This is quite the opposite. This one is a low-key playlist with soft, soothing, and even melancholy tunes to light some incense to, unwind and end your day. Some of my personal favorites from this playlist are all Ben Howard and Novo Amor songs – also anything by Bon Iver (even though I hesitated to include him in this playlist because his songs take me from relaxed to emotional – but I just love him).

I hope you enjoy these playlists!

 

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How to Build Habits that Stick + Free Printable Habit Tracker

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I’ve lost count, over the years, of just how many times I have set on starting a new habit and then dropping the ball only a couple of weeks later. My pattern was always the same.

I would come up with a new habit I was certain would improve my life if I was able to implement consistently (be it reading every day, doing yoga, running or coding every day). I would start super excited and would have little to no trouble sticking to my brand new habit for the first few days. Then, life would get in the way, I was faced with a particularly busy day, could not find time to continue my new habit or, the most usual culprit: I would forget.

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