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The Calm Before the Storm: Spring 2016

The Calm

Spring is in full bloom with pollen in the air and the sad cries of my bank account mourning the Third Quarter textbook fees.

This Spring Break was actually pretty productive. I got a chance to go home (finally) and visit my lovely parents and cheeky younger sister.


I also had the chance to pick up some elementary understanding of Docker and TensorFlow, along with finally committing to taking Professor Ng's Machine Learning Coursera Course.
9.5/10 would recommend -- definitely a great start to the fundamentals of ML.
I'm still not feeling confident enough to train a self-driving car yet, but maybe soon... :)

The Storm

Taking lessons learned from my first two quarters, I've realized that there are so few hours in a day (only 24!), and so, so many more exciting adventures to explore. While many hours were spent on learning and typing code (wink wink), I realized that simple meditation and deep internal reflection are key complements.

As such, I've decided to totally structure my day driven such that I can achieve what I want to accomplish. I cut social media from my phone, and take every opportunity to maximize my experience in every task I choose to tackle.

I also started to utilize Quora as a insightful resource, and read a beautiful piece of advice:

“Preparation can only take you so far -- ultimately when you're in the moment, the best you can do for yourself is to pay deep attention”.

One of my 2016 resolutions was to live more proudly and confidently, and here's exactly how I intend to do so:

  • Hit the gym. Every day - The exact same time each day.
  • Block time for resting and reflecting. No more mindlessly scrolling down a white-background webpage.
  • Eat, Sleep, Wake-up, Repeat. Oatmeal has been a great staple food that I'll continue experimenting with.

I'm only human, and I'll be proud of that. I am, and will continue to test my mind and body to prove it.

Joseph Zhong

Joseph Zhong

“The brick walls give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They stop people who don’t want it badly enough.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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