December, For Me

The December Sun
December sun ☀️

Main Highlights

Online

Career / Learning

  • 😱 I left my first job in tech. I’ve kept it on the down-low since I handed my notice in 3 months ago, but it was the leap of faith that I believe will pay off in the long run.
  • ☁️ I passed my AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam after 68 days of continuous learning on the #100DaysofCloud journey! Second time lucky. 😉
  • ⚡️ My (former) team and I spoke at SRECON Americas, it was a huge success. 🥳
  • 🎉 Both my sister and I finished jobs this December with new roles lined up in the New Year

Personal

  • 🏡 I returned home for a long break in between jobs which means lots of home cooked meals and walking out in nature
  • 🕹 I’ve played a lot of Zelda BOTW
  • ⭐️ And I’ve been writing my favourite reflective blog posts
  • 🎁 Despite everything, I’ve tried my best to get into the Christmas spirit! I LOVE buying presents for others
  • 💪🏼 I recently completed my first 8 week cycle of full body workouts
  • 🏃🏻‍♀️ I signed up to Apple Fitness+ — I like it!

3 things that made me happy

1) What comes next!

Although I’ve been feeling a little sad about leaving my first tech job, I’m excited about what is to come in January. Leaving in a virtual environment was strange but my colleagues made it feel like as in-person as possible which I truly appreciated. I’m going to miss them all so much!

2) Taking a break

Hills and trees at the Peak District
Christmas walks at the Peak District

I’m so glad that I managed to get back home to relax. It has been a lovely change of environment after spending months stuck in a small apartment! It’s also been lovely being around my family again for a while whilst I focus on resting and recovering after one hell of a year.

Whilst I’ve been home, I’ve tried to do as little as possible especially in the tech space. I know this extra time invites more learning opportunities or working on “personal projects” (and I have a LIST of them!) but I just wanted to rest my mind.

3) Passing my SAA

After failing my exam in March, I didn’t think that I would sit it again this year. Failing sucks and made me doubt my abilities, especially after seeing others pass the exam. As the winter months arrived, I wanted to shift my focus from feeling sad about the weather to some learning so I jumped on the #100DaysofCloud train. The continuous learning helped me pass the SAA the second time round with an awesome score, I’m still chuffed about this 🤩

AWS SAA certificate
I’m officially a AWS Solutions Architect – Associate!

December in Photos

December in Photos
December 2020 in photos: lots of walks in nature, Christmas and working out. The usual.

December Favourites

  • 💪🏼 Crop Shop Boutique Sports Bras (my only Black Friday purchase!)
  • 🏃🏻‍♀️ Walking Treadmill – I’ve been using it so much to get my steps in. I’ve enjoyed it so much 😎
  • 🍎 Apple Fitness+ surprisingly enjoyable!
  • 🌿 Zelda: Breadth of the Wild – this game never ends lol
  • 🎮 Switch Accessories – Pro Controller, Switch Pouch, Case and controller buttons
  • 👑 The Crown Season 1. HERE FOR THE ROYAL TEA!
  • 📺 I’ve enjoyed watching Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show. It’s actually hilarious!
  • 📱 Tech Reviews from my favourites: MKHD and iJustine. I’ve still resisted the urge to buy new Apple products…can I have a medal?
  • 💫 The Best Year Planner by Intelligent Change – I enjoyed their Five Minute Journal over the past few years so when they came out with this new journal, I was super excited. Let’s get this!

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Next Month

2021, here we come. 🚀

2 responses to “December, For Me”

  1. Well done on becoming AWS Certified!

    All the best for 2021 🙂

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