Juan Villela



I like lists. I make them all the time to help me keep track of just about anything I need to know. There's only so much I can hold in my head at a given time. So offloading certain information for later use frees up my head to focus on executing tasks relating to the listed information.


I often think about what it means to be successful. Like many in my field, I follow a lot of the influential folks to read about their current endeavors and best practices. Many of which are regarded as being the best at what they do and have great success in life. And so I wonder, what does success look like for me?


Every year, the guys over at Cortex come up with a theme that sets an overarching idea guiding their decisions. There has been the “Year of Less and “Year of Positivity since 2017. Some people have begun to follow along with their own yearly themes, like Quinn Rose with her “Year of Quality.


A few months ago a new client approached me about redesigning their Rails app. It was pretty straightforward; replace Bootstrap with Grid Layout and give the UI a modern look, something I've done several times before. But I knew nothing about Rails before this client reached out.


A few weeks ago I read a blog post by Ash Furrow about normalizing struggle. Everything was spot on, but there were a few things that resonated more with my life. preference All too often I find myself doubting whether or not I'm capable of doing the job in this new career path I've set myself on.


Have you ever gone down one of those online rabbit holes and end up on r/disneyvacation for some odd reason? Yeah, me neither. For a lot of us procrastinating is the norm and actually getting some work done is the accomplishment of the day.