Sometimes I get too focused. I stop growing. I’ve been “head down” for the past several months. After joining Crowd Favorite, I jumped right into several projects. I also moved 800 miles from Texas to Georgia. Moving is both expensive and complex. There are licenses to update, crazy amounts of bills and lots of records to get transferred. So it has been a while since I blogged. But more than that, it has been a while since I have done anything but work and spend time with my family. Neither of which I am complaining about. I get to do some really cool things for Crowd Favorite and I love my family beyond what I can communicate. But I had stopped learning. Stopped teaching. Stopped pursuing personal growth. While I noticed it right away, it wasn’t until this past week that I felt like I was in a place to do something about it.

Growing Outside of WordPress

I’ve had the chance in the past week to pursue several interests inside and outside of development. I gotten a taste of Angular and React. They are both amazing tools that I am hoping to use on several personal projects in the near future. I also started learning Swift, Apple’s iOS programming language. While it is a HUGE step outside of my front end development comfort zone, it has been a really cool process. Being an avid user of my Apple Watch, I noticed a huge section of the market that no one else has pursued yet and decided to build something to fit my own needs. Stay tuned for my first app release hopefully before the end of 2015.

[bctt tweet=”@chrislema taught me that if you aren’t stretching yourself in some way, you’re probably doing it wrong.”]

I’m also planning on writing a lot more. I tried to be very diligent about writing daily this year, but only made it a few months. I believe that writing is an integral skill in life both on the business and personal side of things. In fact, my generation seems to lack for this skill more than almost any other.

All of that to say that I’ve been pursuing life outside of WordPress lately. I don’t plan on leaving it anytime soon nor do I think that there’s anything wrong with leveling up your WP skills. In fact, I am aiming to do that myself as well. But, every once in a while, it pays to stick your head up and dive into something foreign. Chris Lema taught me that if you aren’t stretching yourself in some way, you’re probably doing it wrong. 🙂