#NikemaLearns About AWS – #4 Officially AWS Certified hero graphic

#NikemaLearns About AWS – #4 Officially AWS Certified

Apr 21, 2021 by Nikema Prophet

I’m an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner!

I took the exam and I passed. I fell behind on blog updates starting about a month ago but I studied up until the day before the test. I was somewhat disappointed in myself for not keeping my schedule but in the end, I passed and that was the main objective.

Persisting Through Difficulty

First, I want to remind myself and everyone that we are still living through a pandemic. Being a year into it, the abnormality of pandemic life is becoming the new normal. The new normal is still a collective state of crisis, widespread trauma, and loss. Many of us have been not okay for at least the past 12 months.

It’s okay to acknowledge that we aren’t okay. Out of necessity, I’ve developed the ability to be productive at times when I’m in need of rest and care. As I move into a new season of my life, I’m intentional about being kinder to myself. I’m learning to let “good enough” be good enough. I’m learning that I am responsible for asking for the help I need and taking breaks as necessary.

I believe that I hit the “pandemic wall” between my last blog post and this one. I hit the wall, took a moment to recover from the shock, and then went to work on scaling it. To scale the wall means to keep going even if it’s at a slower pace, setting reasonable expectations, focusing on what’s most important, and rationing the energy that is available to me.

All of this is to say, please give grace to yourself and others right now. There’s pressure, even if it’s coming from yourself, to act and perform as if things are normal.  Persist, but don’t forget to rest. Don’t be hard on yourself for the times when you are not operating at full capacity.

What I Would Have Done Differently

Near the end of my study period, I started to have doubts that I was ready for the exam. I didn’t take the course that AWS provides until about a month before the exam and by my test date, I hadn’t even finished half of it.

If I had known what I know now when I started studying, I would have started with that course. It makes sense that AWS itself would have the most up-to-date curriculum for its certifications. The videos are well-produced (with transcripts available) and they also present content in text and illustrations. At the end of each lesson, there are links to documentation so you can go deeper on the topic if you choose to.

What’s Next?

I’ve secured the certification so what’s next for #NikemaLearns? I have a web project to wrap up with a Hugo site, so I’m sure I’ll be learning and re-learning some things for that. For my next blog series, it’s looking like I’ll be learning and playing with Spinnaker and Armory Enterprise. My AWS CLI is installed and my own namespace is ready to go. Should be fun.

Recently Published Posts

A Faster Way to Evaluate Self-Hosted Continuous Deployment from Armory

Sep 30, 2022

Introducing Quick Spin One of the most common challenges that organizations face when implementing a continuous deployment strategy is the time and focus that it takes to set up the tools and processes. But a secure, flexible, resilient and scalable solution is available right now. Want to see if it’s the right tool for your […]

Read more

3 Common Spinnaker Challenges (and Easy Ways to Solve Them)

Sep 27, 2022

Spinnaker is the most powerful continuous delivery tool on the market.  DevOps engineers and developers recognize this power and are looking to use Spinnaker as a foundational tool in their Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) process for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. Such a powerful, expansive open source tool needs expertise within your organization to […]

Read more

Streamline Advanced Kubernetes Deployments from GitHub Actions with New Armory Service

Sep 23, 2022

Today, Armory is excited to announce the availability of the GitHub Action for Armory Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service. GitHub is where developers shape the future of software. After a developer writes and tests their code in GitHub, it must be deployed. Armory’s GitHub Action for Continuous Deployment-as-a-Service extends the best-in-class deployment capabilities to Kubernetes. CD-as-a-Service enables declarative […]

Read more