Monday Motivation: Celebrate the Little Wins!

When you’re working hard on long-term goals, it can get really hard to see the forest for the trees. Every little achievement I am making along the way will become a little part of the whole of my success and it can be easy to fall into the trap of being stuck in the detail of it all for far too long. Sometimes I realize that I need to stop, take a breath and acknowledge the little wins that are starting to shape together the beginnings of my career in Data Science.

These past few months have been absolutely full on. I’ve been going to meetups, learning tonnes of new things and competing in a datathon. All while working full time, commuting to and from work and studying two degrees.

With a schedule as busy as mine, it can be difficult to really stop and acknowledge what I’ve achieved while I’m busy keeping an eye out for what needs to be done next! So here are some recent little (and big) wins for me:

I went to my first PyLadies meetup

I had been worried I wouldn’t fit in at a PyLadies meetup since up until very recently, I was a beginner at Python! But a few weeks back I saw a meetup around Matplotlib, which I’d worked with in my Kaggle Titanic analysis last year. So I went for it, had a great time and learnt a lot. PyLadies meetups are welcoming to all kinds of skill levels. If you’re interested in Python and want to connect with other women who are interested in Python, I highly recommend it!

I’m competing in my first ever hackathon

Since the start of July, I’ve been part of the Data Science Melbourne Datathon. I started a team with a group of people I hadn’t met before, and we are on our way towards the September 18th “finish line”! I’ve already made so many connections and learnt so many new things, I’m certain this won’t be my last hackathon!

Hackathons are a great way to meet people who share the same goals and struggles as you. There have been countless times where I will come home from a long day and vent about a  bit of code I was stuck on, or a massive performance increase that I managed to solve and just couldn’t find the right audience that would really understand. Now I can talk to my new friends and colleagues and they almost always have some extra ideas up their sleeves to solve the problems faster in future!

I went to my first Code Like a Girl class

The class was titled “How to Write and Present a Talk” and it was very informative and definitely inspiring. I’m seeing glimpses of my future and my career, I want to be able to get up in front of big rooms of people and share knowledge, laughs and struggles. Now I’ve added to my (long) list of goals for 2018-19 “Write & Present a talk!”

I reached 1000 reputation on Stack Overflow

I’m a massive fan of Stack Overflow, I use it as a resource for almost every programming project I’m working through. At the start of last year I decided I liked it enough to contribute to it

I’ve been accepted into Silverpond’s ‘Women in Machine Learning’ program

That means I’ve got two full days of Machine Learning with Python and Tensorflow ahead of me next month. There were only 20 students accepted into the program, so it’s a big achievement that I’m very proud of.

There’s plenty more to look forward to in the next couple of months! I’m planning on joining in with another two hackathons (Govhack and GiT’s Hack for Humanity), countless meetups (More PyLadies! More Data Science Melbourne!), at least one very exciting talk (Code Like a Girl’s Data Storytelling with Charles Gray) and plenty of time to learn. Let me know about the little things you are proud of in the comments below, and as always – Thanks for reading!

(Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash)

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