The 2017 100 Wrap-Up — 31 Successes.

Several weeks, a few dozen photos and four thousand words later, we’ve finally made it—the Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad 2017 wrap-up, filled with stories aplenty of 365 days spent in my not-so-orthodox life.

After wrapping the year up on a quiet note (because two sick children under five will do that to you), I still felt it necessary to do this. These year-to-year changeovers offer a lot of perspective for me—with so much happening all the time, I often forget what I had for breakfast, so I write everything down. And if the height of the pile on my desk is any sign, 2017 was quite the year. But it’s also the time where I’m the most transparent, looking back objectively at everything I’ve done and celebrating successes, owning up to failures, hoping all the while that I’m somehow growing from the process.

But yeah—let’s do this as we did in 2016: look at the year in excruciating detail, figuring out what’s worth taking with me into 2018 versus what doesn’t feel part of my world anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present—the 31 things I did well in 2017! Let’s get it!

Even More Job Tips

I can feel it – the PHP flowing through my fingers as my templates come to fruition – it’s good times over here in Caseyville as “the plan” starts to show a bit more of its true colours! I’m really glad that I have coding gurus like Kev and R.T. who can help steer me right when I make rookie moves like not declaring values in an array or forgetting to close a brace when declaring some properties in CSS. But I’m better for it, and things are progressing because of the helping hands, so thank you, guys!

As usual, the t.o.night paper has plenty of good tips on landing that job you want, for all my seekers out there. Et pour vous who’re currently employed, please note that it’s never a bad idea to keep your skills honed and make sure that you’re always marketable – you never know what nasty surprises could be around the corner!

References and how to answer “What is your greatest weakness?”:

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Standing out in phone interviews and setting “SMART” career goals:

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Otherwise, just working in the lab. Though, earlier this week, my dreams of making my dream MacBook Pro system actually affordable were shattered by an old friend who informed me that I was completely incorrect in thinking that the student discount for Mac systems is at 10%. In fact, and I’m sure that everybody but me knew this – they take a fixed amount off of the full price for a system – about $100 or so. Factor in how much the upper-level systems are and include tax and BAM! That’s about 3% at best. So, Stevie boy, I can wait. You’re forcing me to be patient, and I don’t like it, but for the sake of me buying a computer and not throwing a fit of rage when I find out a newer, faster model has come out the next month, I’m going to wait. I may as well get the other components I’m looking for while my discount’s still valid, though…

Righto, the bed’s a-callin’. Drop me a line! Let me know what’s on your mind!

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14 (as the dust’s a-setllin’ on the number)

Later all,

–case p.

Things I’d love to be doing with the blog // Cover Letter Tips

Hey all, hope your Wednesday was good!

I hope you’re enjoying the blog that’s more laid-back and pensive for the time being! I’ve been keeping myself occupied as of late with life in general, and it’s been good 🙂 On top of just networking and keeping the contacts buzzing in order to build the foundation to achieve the 2010 20K, I’ve been trying to do other things like:

  • Make more time for creative pursuits
  • See friends I haven’t seen in a while
  • Commit to the weekly/biweekly things that I say I’ll do
  • Purge the excess in my life wherever possible

The hustle’s been hard, but not impossible. There’s been a lot of pro bono work too as of late – especially with the resumes, tax advice and whatnot, but maybe this is all part of a practice round to get the word out about my missions and the skills I bring to the table. I’m starting to ask my clients to refer me over to other people needing help for a nominal fee, and then I’ll just build it up as time passes. I think I have a market that I can really grow with services that cater to the economy we’re in right now.

So from the title, you can guess that I’ve been doing some thinking about the blog 🙂

  • Seeing what penny stocks can do for the 2010 20K
  • Getting involved in a lot more design contests, such as the ones you see here: https://en.guerra-creativa.com/
  • Listening to the advice my friends give me and trying to figure out ways to make money that’re quick, fast and exciting. Oh yeah, and legal.
  • Using more of the online opportunities to get paid for blogging and networking like a madman

I came across this article in yesterday’s t.o.night newspaper – a small publication designed for the people commuting out of the city – and I thought it touched on a lot of key points of how to make your cover letter better. I use the tips below in how I go about improving the voice used in resumes and cover letters. Some would say I’m shooting myself in the foot by sharing something like this, but if no one has money, no one gets paid, right?

 

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So yes, the hustle continues a day at a time 🙂 I’ve had people make promises to donate if I do certain things, I have projects on the go and I have moves that I’ve yet to make to really start pressing forward. Thanks for the support, and I hope that:

You keep reading
You pass the blog’s link on to your friends
You help a brotha out with ideas, cash, advice or whatever if you feel so inclined.

The 2010 20K Running Total = $192.14

Peace out, homefries,

–case p.