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Photo by Ian Stauffer from Unsplash.

As I get older, this one concept seems to ring truer every day:
Fulfillment outlasts happiness.

Happiness: a state of well-being and contentment.
— Merriam-Webster

Based on that definition alone, we already know that happiness is temporary because states change all the time. Our mood changes constantly. In one moment we’re ecstatic about getting those $1000 Yeezy’s, but in the next, we get buyer’s remorse. In one moment we’re taking four shots of tequila and having the time of our lives, but in the next, we’re throwing up in an alley. Was it worth it? Flexing your kicks to some kids who can’t afford it? …


A superpower you can develop and other tips

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Me learning how to code for the first time. Photo by Charles Deluvio from Unsplash.

For a long time, I thought that my immaturity was one of my biggest flaws. My peers would grow up to be upstanding adults while here I was looking at memes and still making poop jokes. At the height of the Snapchat craze in 2012, I was that guy sending soiled toilet pics... Yeah, don’t judge. With immaturity came recklessness too. I remember the parting words from one of my high school classmates was “Sometimes we need people who don’t think.” Looking back, I’m starting to think that it was an insult. Luckily for me, I took it as a joke... But for some reason, it stayed with me.


How the happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

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One of my reaffirmations. Take it! I made it specifically for the iPhone 11 Pro. Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash, text added by author.

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TL;DR

My working hours were cut at the start of the pandemic, got severely depressed, started maladaptive daydreaming, read self-improvement books that didn’t resonate with me, found Stoicisim through Ryan Holiday’s books, learned that most of my issues were within myself (I was making myself upset), learned to value my time, learned to design and code during my free time, slowly got over depression, built a Chrome extension to help in reminding myself to be Stoic, still learning to design and develop in an attempt to get a dev job or freelance.

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The root of my problems

In late February/early March, my industry was hit hard by both the pandemic and the pre-existing economic decline of my industry. I normally commute from Canada to the US for work, but with the borders shut down, I was left working from home. During this time my working hours were also severely reduced. With no routine, no physical contact with friends and coworkers, and barely even a job, I was depressed. …


Hey guys! Welcome to my first UI/UX Design case study!

As a budding designer and developer, I thought I would take a shot at examining existing designs and attempt to fix issues that I found to be either problematic for users or simply view as bad UI design. Either way, let’s get down to it!

Firstly, I’d like to say that I love the design of Artifox products. Their sleek, clean and minimalistic design doesn’t conflict with the practical uses of their products. They simply make gorgeous, functional products. Their website on the other hand… Has some issues.

According to StatCounter, the most common desktop display sizes…

About

Kevin Canlas

Self-taught dev. Self-taught designer. Wanna-be Stoic. Check out my LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/kvncnls

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