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I grew up in a household where you didn’t talk about your feelings or the things that were bothering you. If you had a problem you didn’t talk about it, you merely held it in and went about your day. I’m sure you can guess how well that went.

I’ve been using this way to cope with most things that I deemed as stressful for my entire life. I’d attempt to lock away these thoughts deep inside my brain or try to distract myself, so I didn’t have time to think about what was bothering me.

You can only do…

“A young man working on a laptop while seated on a ledge in a city during sunset” by Avi Richards on Unsplash

I’m a few months away from my first anniversary of working remotely.

To start, I never thought in a million years I’d be able to work remotely.

At first, it felt surreal. I could sleep in, or even take a nap on lunch if I wasn’t feeling great on top of all the other perks of being able to work from home.

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I’ve felt like I had a rough past few weeks. I’ve felt burnt out, stressed out, overwhelmed, sad, and even depressed.

Until this morning.

I spent some extra time in bed, instead of getting up at 6 am to make a cup of coffee and get to work in my office, I decided to lay there for an hour or so. No phone was in my hands, just listening to the sounds of birds chirping, and watching our cats curl up and stretch in the covers on our bed.

I work remotely, which allows me to lay in bed until…

Yes, you read it right. I’m quitting #100DaysOfCode.


I completed about a week or so of my regimen that I had set out to do.

The problem was that I just wasn’t that interested in it. Not because I don’t like development, I definitely do.

I work full time in a IT support role that requires me to write code almost daily.

I’d get done at the end of the day from work and not want to read / write another bit of code for my personal projects. …

I’ve been wanting to make a twitter bot for some time now, and I decided to accomplish it today.

I had created a repo for this awhile back and never finihsed it. The goal was to create a twitter bot to retweet and interact with tweets related to applicable hashtags. Specifically Nissan 370z related hashtags.

Instead of building the bot from scratch, I came across the article:

It was exactly what I wanted to accomplish with this bot, interacting with user’s that follow it and retweet related content based on a set of strings.

I took Scott’s .env file example…

I’m currently trying to finish up a little side project I’ve kept putting off that involves data from my car (2015 Chevrolet Volt).

I pull data from with a selenium script, the script downloads the two CSV files and then puts them in a directory for Jupyter Notebook to consume for analysis. Once the Jupyter Notebook is run, a dataset is created and visualized with

What I learned about / what I did:


I ended up deconstructing the shell script I had perviously into a makefile:

# Run script to get data, add CSVs to data…

I recently started reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, where he talks about how resistance is the one thing that stops us from doing what we really want to do in our lives. I realized that I was making excuses for not completing this project (and many other things) I had initially set out to do.

Yesterday I subscribed to a new podcast called Learn to Code with Me with Laurence Bradford and I was listening to how Michael Tombor fits in learning to code in his busy schedule. …

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I’ve had the hardest time working on my goals lately.

But reading “Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead” — By James Clear really motivated me. Instead of focusing on goals, focus on the process for the goals you want to achieve. Then create feedback loops to use as your success metric to reach those goals.

The results will not be immediate, and but the processes you put in place will help you reach the results / goals you wish to accomplish.


  • To be a content creator, instead of a content consumer
  • To be debt-free and fiscally responsible
  • To…

I was in denial, I couldn’t be one of those people addicted to their phone and the apps within, could I?

A few months back, I started developing higher than usual levels of anxiety, mood swings, and racing thoughts. I typically don’t experience these types of things often, so I took this as a ‘red flag’ to do some searching to figure out why I was feeling this way and what might be triggering it.

I work in tech and I do a large amount of problem solving / troubleshooting throughout my day so of course I was going to…

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It’s 11pm on a Monday night and I felt compelled to write this, after sitting at my computer for most of the day I got that dreadful feeling, the one that makes me feel depressed and anxious.

Every day since I can remember, I’ve asked myself; “what makes me happy?” And I could never find the true answer, until now.

As I sit here writing this, Edison (my cat) is sitting on the end table staring at my cup of coffee. He secretly is watching me to see if I’ve caught onto his scheme. …

Derek Palmer

Wanna-be Pizzaiolo. Productivity Nerd. @todoist Enlightened. Photographer. Auto enthusiast. Summoner-of-gifs. #ROC

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