Continent: North America

Pull Quote: I don't just have WordPress acquaintences. I have WordPress friend. I have WordPress family.

I Found My Tribe

When I was a kid not a single girl said “I want to be a web designer when I grow up”. Mostly because there was no world wide web. There weren’t video games either, until I was in junior high school and Pong came out. Back when I was a kid, girls mostly thought about …

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Pull Quote: I was scared that if I failed to learn what I need to know, I'd be left in the dust.

Broadening My Horizons Through WordPress

I’ve been a web designer since 1996. In some ways, it’s hard for me to fathom. Those were the days of Netscape Navigator and table-based page layouts. I wrote every bit of HTML by hand on a seriously-underpowered computer and a tiny monitor. Definitely a far cry from where we are today. I was completely …

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Pull Quote: I wouldn't be anything without the help of those around me.

Firefighter to Web Developer

I’m jolted awake to the sound of the tones going off in my room. I knew that I hadn’t been asleep long because we’d already run a late call and it was still dark outside. Running to the truck, I hear the address come out over the radio for a medical call. It’s the third …

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Pull Quote: Without the WordPress community, I would not have learned to be ok with failure that’s free of judgment.

How WordPress Changed My Life

هذا المقال متاح باللغة العربية I’m about to get real! Vulnerable! Transparent! & guess what…I don’t give a fuck! So buckle up boys…you’re about to go for a ride! Escape June 2014 when I decided to leave my life I’ve lived with my husband for thirteen years, left everything behind. My community I always knew, …

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Pull Quote: WordPress for me has been a life skill that has brought be wealth.

Know That You Are Not Alone

I remember when I was about 10 years and my mom got our first ever computer. She went to the store and got a bunch of CD’s which I was hyped about because I knew some of them were games. She gave me a yellow box that had “Microsoft FrontPage” on the front and said, …

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Pull Quote: WordPress still attracts the same types of people. Those who are brave, who are kind, who are looking to the future.

YOU Make The Difference

“A place is only as good as the people you know in it. It’s the people that make the place.” ― Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four This quote is a large part of the space WordPress holds within me. Coming from a career in Civil Engineering and a background of Industrial Technology WordPress as …

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Pull Quote: Imagine a world where more kinds of people are speaking up. That's a world I'm excited to see.

Accidental Activist

I never meant to become an activist. I swear. It was an accident. And yet here I am, celebrating my one year anniversary of leading the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training working group in the WordPress Community team. We are causing waves in the number of women and other underrepresented groups who are stepping up to …

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Pull Quote: I owe it all to a little bit of gumption and to the amazing community of WordPressers who opened their world to me.

Begin at the Beginning

With this story, as with most things in my life, I never really know where to start. Because of that strange sense of time and action I’ve always been quite fond of the quote from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” …

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