What can you do with your hands? You can use them to build homes from the ground up, compose music that will be remembered for centuries, and pet all the good dogs in the world. As for me, I’m using my meat mittens to spin you a yarn about how my catastrophic relationship with credit altered my life trajectory for the better.

I want to first discuss the evolution of my career aspirations since it brings to light a recurring pattern regarding my decision making process.

Growing up, I never really had a solid idea of what I wanted to…


Legends tell of a man who promised the internet he would provide a written log of his monthly spending and personal debt payoff before proceeding to establish radio silence for about four months.

That man is me.

A lot has happened since my last article where I talked about how much I spent and saved one month into my journey.

I’d initially planned on writing monthly updates before realizing they would eventually become tedious and uninspired financial diaries. As a result, I’ve decided to write an article once every 3–5 months to ensure the following:

  1. More substantial updates in regards…

You could give me a pair of moon shoes and I’d still miss this jump

Welcome back to words by Christian! It’s me, Christian!

Last month, I started my journey of debt payback after years of unchecked spending and general irresponsibility. If this is your first time reading my writing, you can check out the first part of this series below.

Since then, I’ve had a few updates I’m excited to share with you all, so take a seat if you’re reading this standing up for some reason and read onward to see what they are!

I’d previously provided a rough calculation of my fixed monthly expenses and income, $2,480–$2,590 and $5,400, respectively. However, I…


Single owner home. The prior owner having been a crackhead bears no relevance.

Hey hi hello. It’s been quite some time since we’ve last spoken, pals. Throughout my time writing on Medium, I’ve talked about my experience of going through a coding bootcamp, moving to Austin in search of my first developer job, dealing with rejection, and landing my dream job after a three month search.

You might be wondering “How can he possibly squeeze more content out of this whole coding thing? Is he going to go through ANOTHER BOOTCAMP?!”

No. Though I work for one part-time as a TA, that’s not the purpose of this article. What I’m going to do…


I began my job search on New Year’s Day. It’s been exactly three months since then as of writing this post, and I’m excited to say that I’ve accepted an offer for my first developer role.

It’s a surreal feeling I thought I’d never experience. If I hadn’t gotten my shit together and revamped my search process last month, it would have likely taken at least twice as long — more on this later.

You’ve likely read a dozen of these stories of newbies turned developers, raking in a six-figure salary without having taken a single CS course in college…


It’s been one week since I started applying for developer roles in Austin and I’ve already gotten six rejection emails. Seeing as how I’ve spent the past two years writing emails for a living, I thought it’d be fun to break these down and give my thoughts on each one.

If you want to see my actual response to the emails, keep reading till the end.

I’m withholding company names because I feel that including them won’t add anything significant to this post. …


Hey there.

My name is Christian and in October 2016, I graduated at the top of my class from Ironhack’s web development program.

I chronicled my journey through the program here, so I definitely encourage you to check it out.

Certificate in hand, my mind swam with dreams of a career as a developer. A year later, I was still a Growth Marketer. Two weeks ago, I packed up my belongings and drove from Miami to Austin with zero job prospects.

Here’s why.

I started working for Clutch Prep as an intern in 2015, gradually taking on more responsibilities before…


This is the tenth and final post of my journey through Ironhack’s coding bootcamp. If you haven’t already, check out the first post to get up to speed.

I’d left off the last post at the end of July promising to keep you all updated on my progress after getting a hang of Ruby on Rails. We had just begun delving into the fundamentals of jQuery and AJAX in class, and it was a pretty bumpy ride. In between those two subjects, Josh had tried introducing us to LocalStorage, and the thought of those lectures and exercises still engulfs my…


This is the ninth post of my journey through Ironhack’s coding bootcamp. If you haven’t already, check out the first post to get up to speed.

A quick preface before the actual post begins. Feel free to skip over this portion if you’re only here to laugh at my suffering at the hands of Ironhack.

I originally intended for these posts to be published on a weekly basis, and the initial pace of the course made this a pretty sustainable practice. Then we got to Javascript, and my choo choo train of progress hit an abnormally large squirrel that brought…


This is the eighth post of my journey through Ironhack’s coding bootcamp. If you haven’t already, check out the first post to get up to speed.

HTML and CSS are not inherently difficult, at least not when stacked against the trials and tribulations I’ve been put through with Ruby. However, they are, above all else, tedious. For reference, here’s a list of things that you can accomplish in five hours in any given day:

  • Clean your house.
  • Write a 2,500 paper on procrastination…eventually.
  • Create a single table with a blue border.

Fortunately, the Ironhack staff had the wisdom to ship…

Christian Chavarro

Full-Stack Javascript Developer. Never met a burrito I didn’t like. www.christianchavarro.com

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