calendar
calendar
Photo by Eric Rothermel on Unsplash

This past summer, I randomly decided to challenge myself with 100 days of no drinking. There wasn’t a particular instance that inspired me to do it, it was more just giving myself a challenge.

I started on a whim towards the end of July, and 100 days ended on election day (not by design, but I suppose that was good timing)!

It ended up being easier than expected, but I think that was due to it being a pandemic, where outings and social gatherings were more limited — but I still had enough opportunities to test my resolve.

What surprised…


Writing on paper pads
Writing on paper pads
Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

Amidst all of the gadgets and apps that are designed to help you keep focus, track goals, or relieve stress — I’ve found that the basics are much more effective.

If you’re looking to increase productivity, maintain accountability, and develop your ideas, you don’t need to look any further than basic paper goods like legal pads and calendars.

Legal Pads

Getting a dozen 8 1/2" by 11" yellow legal pads for $13.50 turned out to be one of the best purchases I’ve made.

I predominantly use them for daily to-do lists and to track workouts, but on occasion I’ll use them as…


Make a plan before quitting your 9–5.
Make a plan before quitting your 9–5.
Photo by Nastuh Abootalebi on Unsplash

If you’re looking to quit your 9–5 (or 9-much-later-than-5), go for it, whatever the reason. Just don’t do it like I did.

I didn’t storm out of my office, middle-fingers akimbo, cursing out anyone I ever worked with — but I also didn’t plan for the adjustment in lifestyle, and it caused a good deal of stress.

So, without further ado, here’s some quick tips on how to quit your 9–5 job and adjust to the new lifestyle.

Before Submitting Your Two Weeks Notice

Whatever your reason for quitting, try to use up the advantages that your company provides before stepping out.

When I decided to…


Illustration of person working on a coding interview at a computer.
Illustration of person working on a coding interview at a computer.

Job interviews can be tough. That goes double for technical interviews for roles like software engineer or web developer.

As you embark on landing your first programming job, you may come across some fodder from developers about how fundamentally wrong the interview process can be.

Jaded developers are more than willing to air grievances.

While I do agree with the flaws of some interview processes (it comes out from time to time in this post), your preparation will stem any anxieties.

During my initial job hunt after graduating from a coding bootcamp, I managed to land a good amount of…


Person learning how to code on a laptop.
Person learning how to code on a laptop.

Thinking of learning how to code? I highly encourage it. Coding can open new career opportunities, enhance your current role, and even change your overall problem-solving skills.

Thinking of learning how to code through an online coding bootcamp? I highly discourage it.

I had a pretty awful experience.

If I could do it all over again, I would have found an alternative way to learn how to code. Hindsight being what it is, I would have saved myself a hell of a lot of time, money, and frustration.

To be fair, I can’t speak to the experience of learning in-person…


The number of users interacting with the web is astronomical — but some are left out.

Internet access has gone back and forth in terms of being labeled as a utility — a basic necessity for modern living like water or electricity — so it goes to show that people are really into this whole internet thing.

When building on the web, a common goal is to gain the most traffic possible, but what many sites overlook is the volume of internet users who have a disability or impairment that inhibits their experience on the web.

Some experts that as…

James R.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store