I'm Brian DeVries. Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you're here!
Let me share a bit about myself and my career.
I was introduced to programming during my sophomore year of college (2014).
At the time I was working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
I enjoyed it but saw my engineering degree through to the end and started my engineering career.
I graduated with ~$80,000 in student loans (not including my wife's...). Once the student loan payments started in the fall of 2017, I felt enslaved.
I could afford the payments, but I was staring down the barrel of a 20+ year payback period if I didn't do something about it.
My solution was to start a side hustle to make extra money to put towards paying back loans.
I tried all kinds of things.
- Selling homemade bottle openers.
- Candle making.
- Wax seals.
- Freelance engineering.
- Working as a handyman.
The results were always the same. I'd make little-to-no money and get frustrated working extra time for nothing.
Things Start To Change
One year into my career (2018), I landed a job where I wrote a little software to interface with the circuits I was building. I was stoked!
But another year after that, I felt drained by the hardware part of my job.
I was less interested in the electrical engineering aspect, but I loved the programming.
And I was still trying to find a way to make money on the side.
My wife asked, "Why don't you try to do a side hustle with programming?"
This was a turning point for me.
I knew enough about software to be dangerous. So rather than just doing something on the side, why couldn't I become a full-time software developer?
Writing software again brought back all the excitement I originally had experienced back in college.
I was interested in web development. I found tutorials and courses to learn how to build websites through online resources.
Almost 3 years out of college, I transitioned from engineering into a full time software programming job.
Now I'm able to pay more towards my student loans and save more money doing the thing I love to do.
Why I Created This Site
Since I've graduated college, I've learned a lot about programming, self-improvement, money management, habit building, and more.
I started this website to share what I've learned on my journey. I want to inspire others to take action and better themselves.
Let's talk! I love hearing from readers. And if you'd like to learn about something I haven't written about, I'm open to suggestions.