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Q2 of 2019 in review

Hello there! It is already July, what means is time to review the second quarter of – this lightning fast and very busy – 2019. The second quarter has been one of change. After coming back from Japan Aneesha moved in and we had to adjust to our new life (easy adaptation tbh).

Even though normal people usually has enough with one wedding – even more if it’s an Indian 3-day wedding – we had another wedding to prepare, celebrate, etc. We did all that without dying, what is an accomplishment.

My parents booked a 65′ Mustang (my all-time favorite car) and the owner drove us back from the venue until home. It was awesome.

When it comes to the goals that I have set for myself for those 3 months there is a little bit of everything: success, failure and epic failure. On one side we have Chai&Churro. I’m doing quite well with our comic strip and people seem to be liking it. On the other side of the spectrum we can find my attempts at studying that didn’t go as I would’ve liked. Anyway, let’s have a look at the list:

  • Write but different: I wrote a short story (wiii) and I’ve been working on something else. Would’ve liked to write more though.
    Partial success
  • Chai & Churro: We’ve published on the Instagram account (and here at the blog) every two weeks without fault. It’s been good, people seem to be liking the comic strip and I’m relatively happy with my work.
    Success.
  • Improve my drawing skills: I have improved my drawing skills during this time but I have failed miserably at being consistent with my practice and work on repetitive tasks like drawing hands, feet, etc multiple times to understand shapes better.
    Failure
  • Study: I learned some ReactJS but haven’t done enough. A week or two of studying over a period of three months it’s nothing.
    Epic fail
  • Be there for my people: I think I’ve done pretty well in this regard. I’ve managed to do most of the things I wanted to without compromising in the time I spend with my family.
    Success

As I said before I have done quite well. But I can’t avoid to feel that I lose track of my goals easily and I tend to always forget something that ends up being an absolute failure. Maybe by setting shorter term goals I can make it work. But that’s a story for another post. Peace

Goals for Q2 2019 & review of Q1

Yo! So here we are again. I had a very intense and busy start of the year but still – kinda – managed to accomplish my goals for the first quarter of the year. Let’s review them:

  • Write: I wanted to write 2 posts a month and I – almost – did it. I’ve been working on other stuff but I’m happy with what I’ve done. I wrote about my thoughts on this blog, my goals, creative design, god or whatever and Inktober/Wordtober.
  • Get married: Yuuuuuuup!! And not once but twice (and one more coming xD). Aneesha and I got married on 3rd January at the Indian Consulate in Dubai and between February 14 and 16 we had our hindu wedding in Mumbai. It all went really well and it was an amazing experience for various reasons (like getting together people from all over the world).
  • Make and publish 3 Chai & Churro: done. Here, here and here. I’m really happy with how C&C is going. Still struggling with consistency in the art but I have a pretty streamlined process now with my iPad. I will talk more about this on the goals for the next 3 months.
  • Lose some weight: I somehow managed to lose 3 kg (91 to 88). And last week I even got down to 86.9, TEN KILOS less than when I started making changes in my diet (September 2018). Food happened over the weekend and I’m back to 88 but I’m happy with the progress.

Very happy with how things have gone. I’m also very happy that I got the chance to visit Japan, something that I thought I would never do and now I feel in the position to confirm it: yes, it’s paradise.

For the next quarter I don’t have much in my mind. It’s an extension of what I’ve done in the first quarter with some tweaks. Let’s check the list:

  • Write but different: I might write something for the blog (I have a couple of ideas) but I would like to work on creative writing. I have a little something prepared that I will post soon and I want to keep exploring this path. We’ll see.
  • Chai & Churro: Well, C&C is now a bi-weekly comic strip and it has a Facebook page and an Instagram account. I have found the workflow that makes it work for me. I could be more ambitious and do it weekly but it wouldn’t leave me with enough time for things like the next point.
  • Improve my drawing skills: This is a work in progress and it will never end but I want to take it seriously. I want to improve in key areas for creating expressive characters (hands, eyes, faces…) and improve the art as a whole. The consistency of my drawings it’s a problem (each Chai & Churro looks fricking different) but I hope to improve on that too.
  • Study: I hate studying. I’m lazy and I get easily distracted buy in my line of work is indispensable. I will focus on front-end web coding and UX as that is what appeals to me the most and where I think my – immediate professional – future lays.
  • Be there for my people: All these goals are very cool but they don’t matter if I’m not a good husband, brother, son and brother. I want to improve as a person as much as I want to improve on the things I like to do. This is always priority number one but is good to remind it to oneself from time to time.

Well, that’s it… not much more to say. I guess we’ll talk in July, until then peace, love & Periphery IV.

Goals for Q1 2019

Hi there! As I explained on my previous post I’ve decided to set quarterly goals for myself. If you’ve been following my you’ll know that I did it in 2017 and even though I failed to accomplish all I wanted I found it to be a good practice. I have a very active mind, always thinking about new project. And that can be quite distracting. Having public goals helps me focus and keep working on what I want to accomplish instead of jumping constantly between new things without finishing anything.

I have a couple of things I want to accomplish this year. This first quarter I’m going to be quite busy so my goals are not too ambitious:

  • Write: I’m not going to be ambitious here. Publish 2 posts a month for the next three months. I prefer to post less and things that matter to me the most than just randomly write about anything. Let’s see how it goes next month because…
  • Get married: Aneesha and I are legally married already but we still have two more weddings to go. The first one will be in India in around 20 days. I have to survive to 3 days of events. Wish me luck 😂
  • Make and publish 3 Chai&Churro: recently I bought and iPad pro and I’m starting to get used to it. It’s an amazing tool and I hope it will help me be more productive. My goal is for Chai&Churro to become a bi-weekly thing but that is not going to happen now. I aim for 1 comic strip a month.
  • Lose some weight: I’ve changed my eating habits quite a bit over the last 4 or 5 months. It has worked out well and I’ve lost 6-7 kilos but my weight has been going up and down around the same number for the last couple of months. I want to make some progress, even if it is only a couple of kilos (down).

I’m going to be between India and Japan for a full month. I’m not sure of how much free time I will have. I’ll do my best to be on track and fulfil my goals. I’ll be doing the quarterly review at the beginning of April. Until then, peace, love & death metal ✌

My first visit to India with Aneesha

Wins & Fails of Q4 2017

At the beginning of 2017 I decided to set some goals for myself. Instead of setting yearly goals I did it for every quarter of the year. Yearly goals are easy to forget as you don’t review them often. So for the past year I’ve been doing quarterly reviews, and this is the last one. You can check the previous ones here(1st), here(2nd) and here(3rd).

My idea was to write this a few weeks ago but Christmas got in the middle. I’m (finally) starting to get out of the food coma that comes with the combination Christmas + going back home, so let’s have a look to the last quarter of 2017:

  • Keep learning web development stuff: I’m actually quite happy with this. I’ve been learning a lot of Javascript lately. More importantly, I’m happier with the way I write JS code now. There’s still a lot to learn, but I’m on the right path. Win
  • Improve my exercise routine: It’ll be great to be able to do exercise for a few weeks without getting injured or sick, but I haven’t been very lucky on that front so far. If we forget about that, I think I’ve done some improvements. Now I’m playing football once a week with a group of guys in Al Quoz and I’m still doing Yoga. I’ve gone with Aneesha to a couple of extra classes, including a Muay Thai class that was both difficult and fascinating. Win but I can do better
  • Keep improving on time management: I fricking suck at this. It has been probably my worst quarter of the year on this matter. Fail
  • Do some creative work: I have actually done some. Didn’t know what I was gonna do when I put this on my list and it turned out that I wrote a short story. Well, part of it. Anyway, it was cool to do that. I might or might not publish it on the blog in the future, if I finish it. But the point was to do something different, even if it was only for a few hours and I did it. Win

As you can see, I’m not setting goals for Q1 2018. I haven’t decided if I’m gonna do it this year. I could do it, but I’m going to need some time to think about what I want for this 2018. Anyway, I hope all of you have accomplished whatever you wanted this past year And I hope you have a great 2018 too 🙂

P.S. The picture was taken on my first trip to India!

Francisco & Aneesha trip to Spain

Wins & Fails of Q3 2017, Q4 goals

I feel like this 2017 has gone really fast. I can’t believe we’re already at the last quarter of the year. Q3 has been a bit strange, as I had a long holiday (19 days), something I’m not used to. It was a wonderful trip and I wish I could do that more often.

Anyway, regarding my goals for Q3…well, you can see the title. I was aware that this quarter wouldn’t be easy for various reasons, and when I wrote my goals I tried to be less ambitious. It didn’t work. Let’s have a look at the list:

  • Manage my time better: this is probably the only thing I have improved over the last 3 months. I’m more aware of when I’m losing my time procrastinating or surfing the web for no reason. Now I force myself to stop and do something more useful or something that I truly enjoy. It’s an improvement but there’s a lot of margin to get better at this. I can”t say it’s a win, so I’m gonna give it a Meh.
  • Continue working on my Unity project: there are a few reason I haven’t worked on this. I’ve gone through a deep introspective analysis of my life and bla bla bla… I’m gonna stop game development. It’s not like I’m gonna forget about it but I need to put it on hold. I might write about the reasons soon. Anyway, this is a FAIL.
  • Keep my exercise routing going: I didn’t add anything to my routine as I wanted. I’m happy that I keep going for yoga with Aneesha, but it is not enough. On top of that I’ve put some weight back. You lazy bastard. FAIL.
  • Keep learning web development stuff: I did learn some things, but because IS MY FRICKING JOB. I haven’t been proactive, and haven’t done much outside of work. I’m changing that routine now, but I started too late. FAIL.

Ok, so now let’s try to do a list for the 4th quarter. I’m gonna try to be a bit more serious about it and avoid disaster:

  • Keep learning web development stuff: I’m working on it right now. I’m starting with Javascript and taking it seriously. I’m doing Pluralsight courses on the topic, and I plan to dive deep on it. If you have any recommendations of websites or other resources, I’ll be happy to hear about it.
  • Improve my exercise routine: stop being so lazy and do something more than just yoga. This is gonna be difficult, my sofa is giving me eyes.
  • Keep improving on time management: first step is taken. Next goal is to just stop checking social media and my favorite websites so much.
  • Do some creative work: it doesn’t matter what it is. It doesn’t have to be big or complex. But if I’m not gonna be doing the gamedev thing, I want to do something else.

That’s it for me. I hope this last quarter of the year is better than the last one. I’d like to end the year full of energy, as 2018 looks like is gonna be a very important year for me. Salud

The picture is from the trip to Spain that Aneesha and me did on August.

Wins & Fails of Q2 2017, Q3 goals

Here I go again. I made this list last April, and I’m going to go through it to see how I’ve done. This helps me see what I can and can’t do, and also put a little pressure on myself to keep going and not let myself go. So, let’s get to it:

  • Manage my time better: I suck at time management. I think I’ve even gotten worse through the last three months. Not happy at all with this. Big Fail
  • Develop at least one game prototype: have I ever told you that I’m not very smart? Let’s see, I started a new and exciting project. A little puzzle-adventure game that I think looks pretty good so far. But I committed a few mistakes that had led me to not finish it. The first mistake was to do it in Unity. Unity is a wonderful tool but it’s not easy. There’s lots of technical stuff to deal with and, to be honest, I don’t have the time nor the knowledge and patience to deal with it. On top of that, on mid May there was this game jam going on, and I decided to participate. So, to make it clear, while I was struggling with one project I started another one. After that Ramadan came and my brain was already fried so I haven’t done anything in the last month. Silly fail
  • Do a web project with a JS library / PHP framework I’m new to: I haven’t created a full project, but I have experimented with a couple of things. I started the EmberJS tutorial, what made me question the way we do things on this industry. Also made some silly “instastories” mini webapp. That made me learn to use the javascript camera API. I’m gonna be good and give myself a little Win
  • Getting my #*!$ driving license: finally! And I got a car! WIN
    Me and my car
  • Again with the exercise routine: I haven’t been back to the gym on a daily routine, but  I have started a new one with yoga. I go once or twice a week with Aneesha. It’s pretty good and it surely makes my body work way more than running on the treadmill or doing some cycling. I’m half happy with it, but I think i could complement it with some extra gym time. Win (for now)

Now that I’ve gone through my objectives for Q2, I’m going to set some for Q3. To be honest, I don’t want to be ambitious at all this time. I feel like I’m aiming for too much, specially when it comes to develop stuff. I’ve been struggling with doing coding related stuff, as my mind is a bit tired by the time I can really get to work on my side projects. Also I have a really nice, long holiday planned on August so I won’t be able to do anything for 3 weeks. With that said, let’s do the list:

  • Manage my time better: as I said last April, this is more of a general purpose thing. I want to improve. but so far is not going well. Let’s see
  • Continue working on my Unity project: I wish I can say I hope to finish it, but I think is going to be impossible. At least I would like to make good progress and have something that people can try.
  • Keep my exercise routing going: I’m happy with where I am right now. If I can add to it one or two days of some gym stuff that would be awesome.
  • Keep learning web development stuff: a good thing would be to dive deep in ES6, the last javascript specification.

That’s all for today. O’ll come back to this post at the beginning of October. BTW, the main picture is from our holiday in Budapest, wonderful city

The picture was taken with my brother at the Lennon Wall of Prague

Wins & Fails of Q1 2017, Q2 goals

Three months ago I started this blog. I did it with a post where I was setting a few personal goals Q1 2017. Today I want to have a look back to this three months and see how I’ve done. Back in January, I thought my objectives were realistic and somehow, easy to reach. I still believe that, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to deliver on all front as I wanted. That said, let’s have a look at the Q1 review:

  • Build a website: I’ve got myself into that little universe called WordPress. I’ve developed a theme from scratch. I’ve tried plugins and done some research. I’m happy with my accomplishments on this front, though there’s still lots to learn. Win
  • Start an exercise routine and stick to it: I wish I could say this is a win but it’s not. I’ve started well at the beginning of the year but a couple of injuries, a very persistent cold and a travel has prevented me from being constant. Fail
  • Blog once a week: except for my 2 weeks of holidays, I’ve been regular on my blogging. I’ve written on a ton of different topics, things that were happening to me or things I was interested in. I believe my English writing has improve substantially. Win and very happy about it
  • Finish my Unity prototype: Done. You have the proof here. Not going to lie, it was pretty painful and the “game” is bad and flawed. But it was tremendously satisfying to finish this project. I’ve learnt a lot from this and I’m confident I can do way better in the future. Big win
  • Build my first prototype with Game Maker Studio: I didn’t even start, and I have excuses for it but they’re lousy. Big fail
  • Getting my #*!$ driving license: I’m almost done but still doing my driving classes. I had to stop for my holidays but I’m only a couple of classes from going to exam Almost a win ok?

Overall I’m happy with the results of this first quarter, though I’m disappointed regarding the exercise. I feel like I had a lot of productive days mixed with weeks of laziness. I’ll try to improve that on the next quarter, as I have a couple of projects that look very time consuming. Let’s have a look at my Q2 goals:

  • Manage my time better: I lose too much time with irrelevant stuff. I would like to improve some parts of my life but I need to stop wasting time. This is more like a general purpose thing.
  • Develop at least one game prototype: Actually I started this already. I’m again using Unity, but I hope this time it will be less painful thanks to what I learnt the first time. I can’t say much about it (I started 4 days ago) but it will be some kind of puzzle game.
  • Do a web project with a JS library / PHP framework I’m new to: being a coder is a pain in the @#$. You have to be recycling yourself continuously or you risk to get yourself out of the market. As someone that has being working on the same project for so long, I find difficult to learn new things as I can’t apply them at my job. The only way of solving this is working on mini projects, maybe uploading it to Github. Most probably I’ll do something on React or Angular 2, but we’ll see.
  • Getting my #*!$ driving license: this time for real. I’m really close.
  • Again with the exercise routine: right now I’m injured on my left foot but I hope I can hit the gym soon. Hopefully I’ll have less accidents this time :D.

Besides those things I would like to continue exploring WordPress development but we’ll see if I have the time to do it. It’s something I’m interested in only partially. What about you? Did you do what you expected on this few first months of the year?

Visiting the family on Christmas

My objectives for Q1 2017

When I decided to build my own website, I thought it’d be a good idea to set quarterly objectives for myself (not necessarily related to the web). I’ve seen other people doing it, and it seems useful for them to keep track of what they want to do and what they accomplish. So you can expect a post every three months doing a little review of the previous quarter and new objectives for the new one. Let’s see what I have for Q1 2017 😀

  • Build a website: technically, I accomplished this already. I bought the domain yesterday and setting up a WordPress hasn’t exactly been a lot of work. But I plan to do some work on the web, add new plug-ins to improve it, etc. Also I plan to build my own theme from scratch. Let’s see how that goes.
  • Start an exercise routine and stick to it: honestly, shouldn’t be difficult. I did it last year and it worked well until I got injured. Stupid leg 🙁 Anyway, I wanna go to the gym thrice a week (at least). I don’t have any particular target in mind, just get my legs to work and lose some weight. No hurry with this.
  • Blog once a week: No need to say anything else here, right?
  • Finish my Unity Prototype: Most people doesn’t know but I’ve been working on a shoot’em up prototype in the last few months. It’s been a tough experience in general. Had a lot of issues with Unity but I’m close to accomplishing what I wanted: a prototype that may be shitty but can be played from start to finish.

    Shmup boss demo
    That’s a non-finished boss. I think the routines are quite good 🙂
  • Build my first prototype with Game Maker Studio: my experience with Unity hasn’t been great so I’m gonna try GMS. I’m excited about this.
  • Getting my #*!$ driving license: I really need to do this. No more excuses. I’m 31 for god’s sake!

So yeah, that was my list. In three months I’ll come back and see how many I’ve done and how many I failed miserably 😀