A little bit about me…
I believe everyone deserves to have a website they love. That supports them and their business. That helps them grow. And that doesn’t make you want to rip your hair out. Your website is a tool in your online business tool box and it should be working for you, not against you. Most importantly, I believe technology doesn’t have to be scary – that technology can be fun, just like having your own business is supposed to be. That’s why I do what I do, so you can get back to doing what you love.
Of course, every story has a beginning
I never set out to be a website developer. In college I studied psychology, probably the furthest you could get from a life of writing code. Although I enjoyed playing with computers and web sites, it was just a hobby for me. I remember seeing all the programmers huddling around print outs between classes talking in a language I didn’t understand and I wondered what it would be like to be in their shoes. Curiosity got the better of me and I decided to give it a try. I hand-wrote the code for a checkbook register in a spare notebook between classes. When I was sure it was finished (and seriously, this was so easy I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about) I typed it all in and hit run. Nothing…except an error message. And another. And another.
I know this story is supposed to end with me magically fixing it and discovering my love of programming, but like life, this isn’t exactly a fairy tale. Instead, I saved the program and promptly forgot about it. I graduated with a degree in psychology and became a social worker doing what I loved – helping people. Or at least I thought I was doing what I loved. I had always assumed that, in order to help people, I needed to be face-to-face with them, holding their hand, offering a shoulder to cry on. I never considered how much I could help people with my technology skills.
Fortunately, I got laid off. A lot. (see, I told you this wasn’t a fairy tale!) And while I was unemployed I realized I didn’t want to go back to social work. I was tired and burnt out and needed a change. It took a lot of time and soul-searching (and ramen) to let go of what I thought it meant to truly help people, but once I did, something amazing happened. I realized I could do what I loved – helping people – while doing what I truly loved, playing with computers all day solving puzzles. I went back to school, got a technical degree (or two), and my first developer job before I graduated.
And I’ve never looked back
I’ve been a professional software developer for more than a decade now. I’ve worked in corporations and non-profits and government jobs, and with clients both large and small. In 2011 I took the plunge and opened the doors to my lovely business and I’ve been doing virtual wizardry with WordPress for some amazing people ever since (I can do magic for you too!).
I live in the beautiful rainy Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband and our new ball of puppy energy, Reida the golden retriever. Someday I’ll move to the ocean but for now I escape there every chance I get.