I love web design and frontend development. Ask anyone close to me and they'll attest to the amount of time I spend reading about design and development, talking about it, and attending meetups. They might even tell you I'm pretty good at it.
Unfortunately, the majority of the web design and development work I've done in the last 6 months to a year has been for my job. I love my job and take great pride in the work I do for our clients, but at the end of the day, I have to make compromises with them to ship a product. Compromises that I know undermine the ultimate success of their project but, hey, they're the ones paying us.
Long story short, I want to be so good at web design and development that I spend the time I'm not at work reading, watching video tutorials, and attending meetups. I soak everything up in the hopes that I will get a chance to create something truly amazing with all the knowledge I've gained. The bad news is, I get so caught up in learning through watching others, that I rarely make the time to actually create something.
So here's the bottom line: I need to start "shipping" something. I need to close Feedly, logout of YouTube, and bury my head in GitHub.
Any advice on how others accomplish this would be greatly appreciated....