First time teaching! Part 2


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, Sara, and Jess. They each took time out of their busy schedules to support me and to mentor for me on one or both nights. I’m so close to these people that it’s difficult to comprehend that this time a year ago, we didn’t know each other! This is a testament to the power of community and about how close-knit we “HackerYouvians” become.

Throughout the course, they were quick to offer advice and guidance to the learners. Whenever I scanned the class, I always caught a friendly glance and smile of encouragement from one of them. During exercises or breaks, they’d offer to get me water or come up to me and let me know that I was doing a good job. I can’t even express how much that meant to me. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough!

I will definitely be teaching again. It was rewarding and fun!

First time teaching!

IMG_2161Yesterday 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 to HackerYou was the first time since Monday afternoon that I had left my apartment.

I had a great time!  There were about 25 participants. They were engaged and asked great questions. The mentors, as always, were friendly and helpful. I started to fade during the last 30 minutes as my head was pounding. I don’t think anyone (except Yaa) noticed.

I love teaching and I love WordPress! Even with the terrible headache, I could have gone on for hours! At one point, Jess had to remind me to stop to give the participants a break, lol.

Part two is next Thursday. I can’t wait!

Secrets of a Side Hustler Speed Mentoring Event


thumb_IMG_1577_1024Secrets 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 by Chivon John, Founder of Secrets of a Side Hustler. Two special guest mentors were in attendance to speak of their own side-hustler experiences:  Nike Onile, Founder of 800 Sq Ft and Danielle Thé, Founder of Devs Without Borders and a Toronto based Googler.

The evening got underway with mingling, chatting, and appetizers (the meatballs were to die for!!!). A lively Q&A discussion with Nike and Danielle followed. They shared details about how they got started, overcame challenges and grew their businesses as side hustlers. After that, we were divided into two smaller groups each getting about 30 minutes with Nike or Danielle for peer-to-peer mentoring and Q&A. This portion of the event was incredible! We each shared our “side hustles” and received valuable advice,  guidance, and support from the mentors and from each other.

During the event we were encouraged to take selfies and post about the event to Twitter  using the hashtag #sidehustlechatlive. Those who did were eligible to win VIP tickets to Side Hustle Week in September. Side Hustle Week is the first and only event of its kind to inspire, inform and connect side hustlers and aspiring entrepreneurs. I submitted the selfie above and won tickets!!

thumb_IMG_1579_1024If you have the opportunity to attend a Side Hustle event, I highly encourage you to go! It is an uplifting, fun, and motivating event! I can’t wait to attend another one.

Mentoring at a Ladies Learning Code Workshop

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 others. When I meet new people at these workshops, I always hope that my enthusiasm and passion for coding is evident and contagious!IMG_1559

I knew, after taking my first LLC workshop in June 2015, that if I were to continue in web development, I’d want to give back to the community that has given me so much. I’m glad that I am in a position to help others learn to code.

I’ve already signed up to mentor at another LLC workshop. It is HTML & CSS for Beginners: Learn to Build a One Page Website From Scratch on April 2.

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

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 Who Code. In February 2016 she delivered a powerful TED Talk about the importance of teaching girls how to code.