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Toronto Pride and Black Lives Matter

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** Originally written on July 6, 2016 in response to a Facebook post about what happened at the Toronto Pride parade **   Let me start by saying that this is very long and my thoughts are all over the place. I hope I make sense. I’ve never been an activist. I’ve never marched in […]


I fired a bully

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I fired a bully a few days ago.  Gig-wise, the summer was a huge bust. Two major projects that I was hoping to win fell through due to budgetary constraints and nothing was happening on the job-hunt front. I was frustrated. So it was a very pleasant and welcome surprise when one evening I got […]


First time teaching! Part 2

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I led part two of the LLC WordPress workshop on August 25. It went pretty well, I think. I was not as nervous and felt more confident than I had the week before. One of the best parts of the whole experience was the support and encouragement that I received from my friends Yaa, Joe, […]


First time teaching!

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Yesterday was my first time as a lead instructor for a two-part Ladies Learning Code course titled Intro to Blogging & WordPress. I was nervous, but once it got started, I felt good. The only negative thing was that I was so under the weather. I had been home from work the previous three days suffering from a migraine. Going […]


It’s been a while!

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It’s been about 5 months since I last wrote a blog post…I’m so sorry! When I started the blog, it was with the intention of posting on a regular basis. My goal is to do better going forward. Here’s what I’ve been up to… In May, I learned a valuable lesson the hard way. I […]


HackerYou Demo Night!!

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Tuesday, April 12 was HackerYou’s WordPress, Ruby on Rails & Web Development Demo Night. Students from each course gave demonstrations of their final projects. I was one of two presenters for my WordPress class…my friend Yaa was the other one.  I demo’d the wedding site that I created for my sister’s March 2017 destination wedding. These evenings are […]


Secrets of a Side Hustler Speed Mentoring Event

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  Secrets of a Side Hustler reveals strategies, tips, and inspiration to turn your passion into a paycheque while working a full-time job. Their motto is “Why wait for an opportunity when you can create one?“ On Thursday, I attended a Secrets of a Side Hustler Speed Mentoring Event at Hacker You with my good friend Yaa. The evening was hosted […]


Mentoring at a Ladies Learning Code Workshop

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Today I mentored for the second time at the Ladies Learning Code workshop WordPress for Beginners: Create Your Own WordPress Theme. It was fun especially since my two good friends Joe and Yaa (also talented web developers) were mentoring too. Mentoring has reinforced my learning. It has taught me patience. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with […]


Reshma Saujani: Teach girls bravery, not perfection | TED Talk | TED.com

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Too many of us use the “all or nothing” approach to tasks…If it’s not perfect, I’m not doing it. Part of the learning process of everything is taking risks, getting things wrong, and making mistakes. How I wish I had known that in my younger days! At least I get it now. Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls […]


First Blog Post…ever!

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Hi! Welcome to my blog! My goal for this blog is to share information about web development and design as well as my own adventures and experiences as a freelance front-end web developer. When I learn something new, I’ll blog about it here. When I do something or go somewhere interesting related to web development (or not), I’ll blog […]