Hello everybody, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you find pockets of time for self-care. Self-care is even more important then.
Life is moving on in Bee-Land. After 1 1/2 years I have managed to get a job. Not quite sure when I will start but it's close by and a couple of hours so I can keep up with blogging and coding. Speaking of which...
Last week I managed to get the basic HTML done for the survey form. I still struggle to get an idea how to see the HTML (content of page) bits as blocks so I can add the CSS (how these blocks are styled) and create with it as I please. My idea was to get two columns in my form so I can ask both for "Bee Coding & SelfCaring" and for "The Bee Writes...".
I tried out CSS flexbox (adds rows and columns so you can create different parts in your page) but I get something wrong and it doesn't show up as two columns. The problem is that you have to be pretty exact in naming anything otherwise it doesn't work. Maybe I had most right but wrote "column" wrong? Hmmmmm....
I deleted everything I did and will start from the beginning tomorrow... hopefully. Another standstill here. That's frustrating and frustration isn't a good thing for my wellbeing. That is why I am going a little further in my self-care. Besides concentrating on my breath and being mindful I am going to add some extra meditation for tomorrow morning.
Do you struggle with a challenge? And what do you do to keep your wellbeing on track?
video credit: Meditative Mind via YouTube
This is a wonderful chant dedicated to the Indian God Ganesh who helps to remove all obstacles. This is what I am going to meditate about tomorrow.
In this sense
Happy Coding and Self-Caring!!!!!
Hello my dears, how are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not - Give yourself a hug and a pad on the shoulder! You are doing great!
I feel I have been rather busy this week. Several posts for three different blogs even though life has thrown me some curveballs. No, don't worry, nothing bad has happened. It's just life that I try to improve and myself too. That's what I was writing about in two posts on "Bee Coding & SelfCaring":
Turning Around Negative Thinking Patterns
On Building a Survey Form and other Learning Curves.
Carol Anne had encouraged me in an email with my poetry writing. She said, that she loves it when I post a poem on her blog, and so I tried to up the game and write one a day. You can find my posts here after my bio on TherapyBits.
Blogging for Carol Anne and my other blog took its toll though on "The Bee Writes...". Nothing came to mind when I sat down to share life, the universe and everything, and so I just re-posted some of my old posts:
Blast from the Past: #288 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Hope That Will Never Die ~ a #poem
Of Young Women, Radicalisation and the Western World
Blast from the Past: #290 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Transformation ~ a #poem.
But there is something new and exciting happening in the blogosphere. Cyranny from Cyranny's Cove has started a wonderful blog event called "The Kindhearted Challenge" which encourages us to spread some kindness all over the place. She will give us a monthly challenge to get some ideas of random kindness.
Please check it out here.
So, that was my blogging week. But how was yours? Could you blog as much as you wanted? Did blogging overtake your life? Or don't you give a damn about writing and just read blogs?
Let's sit down with our favourite beverage and share our weeks! See you around...
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Hello my dear readers, how are you doing? Is the weekend near or are you working in the next couple of days? No matter how your days are going, I hope life is treating you well!
All is fine in Bee Coding & SelfCaring land ;-). After a week or so, I managed to get back to the Free Code Camp Survey Form Challenge and was surprised how easy it went today.
I am nowhere near any finishing line, but at least I was able to write most of the HTML for the form. I plan to create a form that gives feedback both for the "The Bee Creates" page and the "The Bee Writes..." blog. I wanted to use the CSS Flexbox to create two columns and use one for this page and the other for "The Bee Writes...". Thinking about it now, it doesn't feel quite right. It should be for both blogs and not for the page and one blog. Hmm... I am going to change that.
The other problem I have, if I want to use this is form, is: I need to create a database to collect the data and I have no clue how to do that. Last week I had a look into free database offers. There are quite a lot. It needed me a while to figure out that I need to connect the questions of the form with a data block in the database. A steep learning curve. Not quite sure if I can manage.
I decided though to do the form first, and then figuring out how to use a database. That sounds like a plan, doesn't it? After all, I want to finish the Free Code Camp course first and then use the stuff.
I am still worried that my code is rather rubbish, but what do I expect? I am starting from zero knowledge, so I assume I am doing ok. Would be nice to find a mentor who could give me some pointers. I had a look into other threads, where people asked for feedback, in the Free Code Camp forum but half of the time I didn't understand anything of the answers. That didn't encourage me to ask. But I will have to eventually. I'll keep you updated.
Are you a lady around 50 starting to code? If so, please let me know your approach.
In this sense happy weekend and happy coding/selfcaring
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Hello dear bloggers and blog readers, how are you doing? I hope your thinking isn't stuck in negative patterns and if it is: I'll send you good vibes along.
I have been a little quiet on this blog. We had my husband's children around and I did some soul searching concerning my last post. Remember? I wrote about the narratives that we tell ourselves.
Mine is still "I can't" and "I won't" but this blog post seems to have started a re-think process. And while I was mainly offline tending to family and life, I was watching my automatic thoughts and pondering what I need to do to create a positive change here.
But I suspect sometimes you don't have to do anything. You just have to recognise what you think and then let it go. The new grows by itself. Isn't that reassuring?
As for coding news: there aren't any. Haven't taken any time to concentrate on the form I am working on for the last week. I guess I got a little scared of my courage to try and learn to code at my age and with a charity. But I guess I get there eventually. So how do you deal with negative thinking patterns? Do you have a trick up your sleeve how to turn it around?
Have a lovely midweek & happy coding and self-caring.
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Hello dear people of the blogoverse. How are you doing?
I hope life is treating you kindly and if not rest assured my thoughts and prayers are with you.
We all have stories we carry with us. We also all have a story to tell but do we do so? Do we tell our truths?
My truth at the moment is that I want to do. I want to code, sort the garden, write blogposts but there is this force that holds me back. I can't explain it in any other way. It's like invisible ropes holding me back from moving forward. I used to have this feeling every single day of my life. It was awful. Since I left my job and had time to heal it doesn't happen every day. I have times when everything just flows and I can be very productive. But those other days come too and I experience them more intensely because they are not the norm anymore.
Then the narrative starts. The negative narrative that tells me "I can't do things", "I am not made for this life" and "I am too tired, too exhausted, too whatever..."! For so many years I work on changing that narrative. I work with postive affirmations that obviously have brought some change. But I feel I should be further ahead. I shouldn't have these days when I can't get into the rythm and create that life that I want to create, learn the things I want to learn and just simply live.
At the same time I think this expecting of myself being further ahead and having to "do" all the time isn't right. We need down time and this need for down time might not always come on days that suit todays society. I do believe that we all have our own cycles of being productive. And I wish I could just accept mine as it is because I think I would get further ahead with everything if I'd do.
Noone has shown us how to, haven't they? We are shown to earn money, be there for others and be busy but not how to care for ourselves and calm down. It is so sad. My experience is to fight against those invisible robes doesn't work. It makes it worse. No matter how inconvenient it is and how far behind I am with a project I have to listen to this voice and use the time to stand still and ponder who I am and who I want to be. Maybe accepting these cycles are a part of self-care. Do you feel the same?
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May you have a restful day if you need it and may you be in your truth!
Hello out there! How are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not that someone is around to give you a bear hug and serve you ice cream or your favourite beverage.
I am a bit insecure.
I am a blogger since 2009. I have blogged on many platforms from Blogger over Tumblr to Wordpress both the free version and the paid.
I have started and stopped several blogs and feel that doing another one is just a waste of time. But I love to blog. I also love to find some kindred spirits who are out to learn to code even though they are no spring chickens anymore. And I feel that "The Bee Writes..." isn't the right place for writing about this coding adventure.
It makes me sad, that I do not believe in my ability to juggle two blogs and make them a place where people can meet, and find something that connects them. Lately, I have realised that the main reason why I don't seem to be able to develop a proper "career", or stick with my blogs is my low self-esteem.
So many years of therapy and I am still stuck in this old story of "You can't", "You won't" & "You are not good enough". I wonder if that will ever change. Do you feel like that sometimes? And what do you do about it?
My current course of action is just to keep going. Maybe Mr Edison was right with finding 10, 000 ways that don't work until it works. That is my hope. It is also my hope that Mindfulness will get me ahead.
Last year I was introduced to "Mindfulness ~ A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" which helped a lot in calming my worries down. But you know how it is: You incorporate something new into your life and then it just slips away again. That's what happened to me. Or maybe I just need to do an upgrade to my mindfulness practice.
Do you believe in synchronicities? I do. Guess what I found on Tuesday in the library: "Every Breath You Take ~ How to Breathe Your Way to a Mindful Life". Rose Elliot writes in her introduction that she had trouble with Mindfulness until she discovered that the secret is breathing. Since she incorporates mindful breathing exercises many things have changed. I'll review the book in the "The Bee Creates/Writes... Newsletter" in August.
I found breathing exercises always very helpful and hope that this little book will give my self-esteem a boost. Especially as I struggle rather badly with the Free Code Camp projects I tasked myself with. Last week I finished the Tribute Page successfully. Not that my code is brilliant. Or at least I think it isn't. Wasn't courageous enough yet, to ask someone and get some advice.
But I am determined to master the art of asking for advice in the near future :-) . Until then I am working on creating a survey form for this page. Played around for an hour or so this morning but my poor mind got stuck in a thousand questions that needed answering and in the research to find out. Maybe that is the way to get somewhere.
For now, I leave both blogging and coding behind and get myself into the kitchen. The husband and daughter from another mother will need something to eat soon. Cooking is a good activity to let go of all worries. Someone once wrote you can "cook up a solution" this way. I like that idea and assume that my mind goes into creativity mode when I let go of my worries and concentrate on something entirely else. What do you think?
So, that is it for today. Here is a video that shows how a slightly younger woman than I changed her career from teaching to coding with a course. You can find the link to the YouTube location of this video underneath.
video credit: Financial Times via YouTube
Have a wonderful day, no matter what you have set out to learn and don't forget:
happy coding & self-caring
So, after a couple of months of hiatus here on Weebly I'll give this blog another go.
Since I stopped blogging here I have discovered an interest in coding and am learning via a charity called "Free Code Camp".
They offer free lessons in which you have to finish tasks to go ahead to the next topic and at the end of each chapter there are several projects to create so you can put what you learned into practice.
I managed the first project which you can find here but realised I wanted to share my experiences. Also, I realised that I would like to work as a freelance front end coder but self-care is very important for freelancers so I came full circle with my interests and projects.
This is why I chose to blog here again and hope I can make something out of this blog. It'll be informal. It'll be curious. It'll be fun. I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Happy Coding & SelfCaring
Video credit: Dylan Israel on YouTube.
The video is from 2015. Now it's FreeCodeCamp.org not FreeCodeCamp.com
Welcome to "Love Yourself Challenge" . We are informal here. No perfect presentation of ourselves but loving the way we are with all the frizzy hair, laughing lines around our eyes and the messy home too!
.For the month of March “Bee SelfCaring” has an added bonus: I am taking part in a challenge called “Love Yourself” by Carol Anne from “Therapy Bits” in which she invites us to find something we love about ourselves every day. One heck of a challenge I would say. But maybe it’s not so difficult for you?
Here is what Carol Anne wrote on the first day of the challenge:
"List something, or more than one thing, you love about yourself, for the entire month of march!
Each day, we’ll make a daily post calling it love yourself challenge, and list what you love about yourself!"
Self-care and Loving yourself!
I believe that part of caring for ourselves is to develop healthy self-esteem especially if you live with a mental health problem. I often find it rather hard to find things that I like about myself so finding 31 of them is definitely a challenge.
And I am taking the challenge, Carol Anne! Thanks for hosting it!!!
Love Yourself Challenge Day 21
Do you know it is International Day of Poetry today? Such a shame that I used my love for poetry already. Never mind. Today I love about myself that:
I am not too grown up to love minions!
That's no poetic at all but it'll do and I really love it!!!!!
Would you like to join?
And what about you? Would you like to join? Don’t worry about being late: just jump in and share what you love about yourself! Feel free to do it here in the comments if you do not write a blog or don’t want to write a post about it.
Carol was busy with life so we connect this post with her day 4
May you have a poetic Day,
remember what you love about yourself!