Paternity leave has been great. Though I didn’t realized in the beginning that how much work babies are, I truly enjoyed it. My biggest frustration was I ended up making way too many plans but could not get time to focus on them. I did took a course on iOS app development, did some React programming. Started a massive purge project and got rid of a lot of stuff that is just sitting in the house.
My company offers 12 weeks of paternity leave. This is really awesome. There are many companies that offer nothing. Also this is a bit strange. Since I went to college, I haven’t had such a long break. My previous longest vacation was 2 weeks. And I thought that was the most amazing thing. Before starting paternity leave, I had a lot of plans. I was going to learn iOS dev, repaint some furniture, do a lot of photography, work on my novel, paint on iPad, hangout with friends, finish up some books, workout and eat right, and more.
This will be a really hard test. American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero screen time for children under 2 years of age. Even all those “make your baby smart” videos are harmful for a developing brain of babies. Our baby at 3 months is already fascinated by TV or any screen emitting light. When I am working from home, it is really hard not to turn on TV and let him be mesmerized with changing images on it.
My favorite motivational music for late night programming. Aerosmith - Dream On Eminem - Sing for the Moment Eminem - Lose Yourself Eminem - Not Afraid Macklemore - Vipassana Big Sean - One Man Can Change The World The Script - Hall of Fame 300 Violin Orchestra Extended Jorge Quintero Junoon - Jazba Junoon Macklemore - Make the Money Elton John - Circle of Life Big Sean - Sacrifices ft.
On December 26th, 2017, my world changed. We welcomed Ayden in this world. Past few months been blissful & blur. I had to get back to work just 2 weeks after Ayden’s birth. Luckily, my company offers 12 weeks of paternity leave. Two weeks ago, my wife maternity leave ran out and I started rest of my paternity leave. This way we can delay putting Ayden in daycare for another 10 weeks.
Just finished reading Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper (Affiliate Link). The book is about Bitcoin and how it started. I have been hearing about Bitcoins and Cryptocurrencies since 2011. It seemed like it was not real money. It was only recently with surge in Bitcoin value that I got interested in it. I was still skeptical of Bitcoin and the whole idea behind it. But after reading this book, I am coming around.
ne of my goal with this new blog is to organize my thoughts and knowledge. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is a recent book I listened. So I will start with it. My biggest takeaway from this book was that most people start business to create a job for themselves. For example, a person who enjoys baking may start a cake shop. The problem with this approach is that one is working in the business, not on it.
I learned of Mark Manson through his blog, especially this post, 7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Purpose. Since then I have been on and off following his blog. He usually has a lot of good advice, so finally I decided to get his book. Makes it easier to have all information in one place. I had no idea what Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was about.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. It shows up on Hacker’s News and other entrepreneurs’ forums regularly as a recommended reading. Steven Pressfield is a novelist but this book is popular reading for anyone who is pursuing a goal. The author’s main point is that the most important and the hardest thing is doing. Weather that be sitting down at desk to write a novel or software.
Now that I have a new fancy camera, I have tried to organize my photos better. Over years I have collected about 70GB of photos. It seems a lot to me but apparently there are many people with well over 1000 GB of photos. The biggest challenge with so many photos is that it is hard to organize them. Upon several recommendations and some searches on the web, it seems Lightroom is the best software for organizing and managing photos.