The first day of spring has always felt like a holiday to me. Not a stay-away-from-work holiday, but a special day that deserves to be celebrated. And this September first is worthy of celebration indeed. It has been warming up over here for the past two weeks, so much so that we’ve been sleeping with the window open, the better to enjoy the chirping and croaking of seemingly hundreds of frogs that had woken from hibernation early.
But my favourite part is when, apparently overnight, almost without one noticing, everything suddenly erupts in the most beautiful and varied shades of green. Spring is a time of new life. It’s time of new beginnings, at least for me, much more than New Year’s is.
I’ve had a rough winter. Metaphorically, that is. Around May I finally came to the conclusion that my studies were going nowhere, and that even if I did finish it, it wouldn’t help me to get a job (I’m not going to go into details, so please don’t ask). Trying to find a job in my chosen profession met with disappointment after disappointment and I’ve reached the point where I’ve just had enough.
So, I’m quitting my studies and have embarked on the journey to a new career. Also in May I discovered FreeCodeCamp.com. This open-source community was created to train new web developers while helping out non-profits at the same time. It teaches you everything from basic HTML to building full-stack web apps. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, go check it out.
I am enjoying it immensely, and am very excited at the possibilities this could open up in the future. I’m still applying for jobs in the field for which I originally studied, but now I have a plan in case that doesn’t work out. It’s a new beginning that, I think, is long overdue.
I’m hoping this spring will also be a new beginning for if all else fails… and what better way to kick-start that than with a brand new look? I’m not someone who easily changes something that works for me, but when Franklin was launched last week it was love at first sight. I spent the whole weekend tweaking it, and have it almost the way I want it.
Among other things, you’ll see some brand new graphics, courtesy of the Wife, I’ve updated all the policy pages, which now appear at the bottom of the screen, and I’ve added ten new languages to the translation page. I still need to update the About pages, create a new button for the site, and transfer the new look to Facebook and Twitter, but everything should be in place by the weekend.
Have a look around and tell me what you think, why don’t you?
For all of you lucky enough to live south of the Equator, have a glorious Spring. For those of you up North…too bad. But don’t worry: Spring is only six months off 😉