“In 2018, I want to be less lazy.”

When I said this to Scott, he looked back and me and said, “But you’re not lazy.” Perhaps outwardly I don’t appear lazy, but inside I know the truth. Only I know the conversations that happen in my head, which often end with the lazy side winning. But, his comment did get me thinking about the definition of the word lazy, so I googled it.

Lazy is, by definition, being “Unwilling to work or use energy.”

So, I agree with Scott. I’m not afraid to work, whether it’s my day job or projects at home. …


“I’m going to tell you a secret about everyone else’s job…No one knows what they’re doing.” — April Ludgate, Parks & Recreation

This advice from the infamous April Ludgate is something we should all keep in mind. It’s easy to get caught up in a dilemma like Andy’s: in a new role/company/career feeling like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what’s going on. But so much of the time you’re setting unrealistic expectations of yourself. If you’ve never done a job before, how on earth are you supposed to know exactly how to do it?

“Deep down everyone…


I left my job on April 7, 2017, without having another job lined up. Prior to making that decision, I weighed a ton of factors — this wasn’t something I did on a whim. It was, however, a choice I made in order to ensure my own health, well being, and success.

Doing something like this isn’t all that common, especially here in the Midwest. Heck, I’d had a job pretty consistently since I was 15 (with my first greenhouse job a few years before that). However, in order to do the best for myself, I decided this was the…


On April 7, I packed up the things from my desk and headed home for the day. It was my last day of work. I didn’t have another job lined up yet — I was headed home and into unemployment.

I’ve thought a lot about the term “unemployed” since then. Technically, I suppose it’s correct, I am not employed by a company. There’s a certain connotation that comes with the word, though. I’ve found it interesting to explain that while I am “unemployed,” I’m not upset about it — I chose this path. …


In September 2015, I wrote a post of the same title. That time, I was referring to the night before the last day of the first 12-week course at the Indy location of The Iron Yard. A colleague just sent it my way, reminding me of what I’d written.

Tonight is the night before the last day that I work at The Iron Yard. After nearly two years, the time has come for me to pack up and move on. Naturally, I’m a little nostalgic.

A helluva lot has happened since I started this job in June of 2015. My…


This was originally shared at TechPoint.org

This week, we started a new cohort at The Iron Yard. It’s always exciting to see a fresh group of faces on campus — faces that look equal parts excited and nervous, but ready to tackle the huge challenge in front of them. This week, however, there were a few extra things to be excited about. Not only did we launch the largest class we’ve ever had on this campus, but we also launched one of the most diverse. …


This post was originally shared on TechPoint.org.

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So, you’ve been thinking about learning to code. After a quick Google search you’re bombarded with blog posts, tutorials, Meetup groups and bootcamps offering to help you get started. …


In my current role, part of my job is to prepare career changers for the job search. I give them tips for building their portfolios, advice on how to approach companies they’re interested in, and best practices for presenting themselves in this new field.

Of all the things we work on during career support, resumes typically result in the most questions, the most anxiety, and the most work. It’s not surprising though — the students who come through our courses are typically entering a totally new field. Their backgrounds vary — from educators to project managers to machine operators —…


I once read something that said you could never be happy with someone else until you were happy being alone. Though I read those words in a fleeting moment, in some less-than-stellar publication like… Cosmo or something, they really stuck with me. It was one of the most profound and eye-opening things I’d ever considered. At the time, I was in college, I think, at a time in my life where everything felt up in the air and out of control (man, did I have a lot to learn).

you could never be happy with someone else until you were…


Day 21: Comfort Movies

I first watched Dirty Dancing in seventh or eighth grade, when my grandmother purchased it on VHS. I was on the dance team at the time, and she said “Emily, I have this new movie I know you will love!” It was by far the most risque movie my grandmother has ever admitted to watching, considering she owns every classic Disney movie. I curled up in a recliner and watched that movie in awe. When I told my mom I’d watched Dirty Dancing, she wasn’t thrilled. …

Emily Trimble

I like hot tea, fresh flowers, sharp cheddar and bubbly drinks.

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