The First of the Last

Today is the first day of the last month of 2019.

Now is the time that many, when not worrying about Christmas, will be contemplating what exactly they accomplished this year.

The recency effect means that the first accomplishment that comes to my mind is my renewed energy for learning Data Science. After looking at the material for before the first face-to-face week, I felt very lost. I let things slip because of this, avoiding looking at anything really if I could help it. After a heart to heart with my wife, I realised I could change my approach and make things a lot easier for myself. This realisation happened just a week ago today and I had to attend Uni for my apprenticeship this week, so I still have that energy. Over this weekend I have already managed to put almost 6 additional hours of study in.

Other accomplishments include making our household budgets work on a single income. This year was the first time we tried it and it’s worked out better than either of us imagined. It probably helps that we began following a path towards minimalism a couple years ago and aren’t particularly sociable as well, but at least the former is something that anyone could and should be pursuing as consumerism is not actively making anyone happy.

I’ve also learned a lot about Power Query and Power Pivot, both of which I had barely seen, let alone used, at the beginning of the year.

This year also saw us moving to a nice living location, conveniently situated 5 minutes from the town center and half an hour’s walk from my work, with small parks around.

With only a month left, christmas around the corner and my mother-in-law coming to visit soon, it might look like there isn’t time to accomplish anything else this year. But from where I’m sitting, it looks to me like there’s time to squeeze in overcoming one challenge at least. Calculus is pretty scary, maybe I’ll do that?

Sayonara for now and welcome to the first day of the last month of the year!

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