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Instagram Live #3 Questions

I’ve been asking you what you want to now.  Here is the list of questions I got for our upcoming Instagram Live.  I’ll be updating the list until the day of! How do you stay connected to your community while traveling? Why did you choose to save those 3 programming books? Why did you donate the rest? How do you pick which conferences to speak at? Have you written anything about how contributing to an open source project, or creating an open source project can help people find work/remote work? Traveling is fun, but it can disrupt routines and work flow.  How do you maintain your workflow through your travels? What podcasts do you listen to for inspiration? Tips on creating your first project (website or program) as a newbie of code?

I’m Starting a Mentorship Program for Underrepresented People in Tech

Update: Applications are open! Details on how to apply here. I remember when I made the decision to quit my bartending job and focus on writing code full time. It was 4 am, and I was standing behind the front bar of a busy Wicker Park club, wearing a blue wig.  The theme of the party I was bartending was “Fight or Flight”, so I was dressed like Brittany Spears from the toxic video.  The dance floor was packed with people dressed like pilots, flight attendants, boxers, and ninjas. I felt like I understood some basics of Ruby, Python, and other languages that I’d been teaching myself, but something was missing. I didn’t know how to put it all together to write code like a professional would. I turned around to my friend Shaun who was a software engineer and told him my plan.  To celebrate, he bought a round of shots for everyone…

Instagram Live #2 : Freelancing, Mixing Work with Travel, Going from Junior to Mid, and my #1 Interviewing Tip

I did another Instagram Live today.   I was less concerned about how I looked or mixing up my words than I was yesterday.  I was more concerned with why my mom was hopping on Instagram Live, talking about “What time are you making me dinner?” This Instagram Live ended up being 45 minutes long, and it’s still up on my Instagram now.  If you want to catch the next one, follow me on Instagram, and DM me when you do.  I’ll make sure I’ll account for your time zone when planning the next one 🙂 On Freelancing I’ve been getting a lot more questions about freelancing lately.  So many, that I’ve decided that season 3 of the SheNomads podcast is going to focus solely on freelancing. For those of you who haven’t listened to the podcast, season 1 was on Being a Digital Nomad.  Season 2 is being recorded now…

Instagram Live: Remote Interviews, Switching Careers and Finding Jobs

I thought I was going to be babysitting on my lunch break (one of the perks of working from my parent’s house this week) but turns out my expert auntie services weren’t needed.  So, I decided to do a quick Q and A on Instagram Live. Q1: So I got my certificate in web dev and I’m studying CS, but I am trying to find a creative role in tech that fits me. I haven’t applied to anything yet but everything I look at seems to want you to have lots of experience (I’m a newbie) and it seems like I have to be in an office. I don’t want boredom to run me away from my interest. Can you give me a few pointers/advice? I’m a tech girl but more than anything a creative. My main point of advice here was to think about the companies you’re applying to, and…

3 Tips for Working from Home

When I first started working from home, I felt a little overwhelmed with my change in routine.  I wasn’t getting up at the same time, my work schedule depended on what was going on in the west coast office, and I didn’t feel like I had a real office.  Instead of working with a good balance of healthy breaks, I felt like I was either working too much or not enough. Now don’t get me wrong: there were things about it that were positive from the get go.  I was saving hundreds of dollars per month because I didn’t have to pay for transportation and expensive River North lunches.  I was exploring my neighborhood more, and using the time I would have spent on the train to work out. But this post is about things that I wish I would have known when I started working from home. 1. Get a decent setup…

Why I’m No Longer Joining Free Online Communities

When I first started the SheNomads Slack channel, it was to mentor people who wanted to learn Rails.  Now it’s a thriving community with channels based on tech, travel, and remote work. And I can happily say that some of my online friends have turned into real life ones that I travel with. I’ve also made friends with other community organizers.  We share tips on things like how to enforce a code of conduct, and how to stay organized while managing an online community. Many of us seem to be running into the same problems.  We all help each other out, but every now and then a community that I was really excited to see win has to close. Organizers get burnt out, or their communities fail to grow in an authentic way, or both. Seeing someone put so much love, time, and care into something just to see it…

Mr. Robot, Secret Dating Profiles, and Network Security with Lesley Carhart

When I first reached out to interview Lesley, I knew nothing about network security. I’d seen Mr. Robot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and a slew of cheesy 90’s hacker films. I figured that had to be some truth to what hackers do being played on screen. After a network has been identified as hacked into by the people who monitor it, or by a government agency, Lesley leads a team of people to figure out how the network was broken into, what was stolen, what other devices might be compromised. And then she reports everything the hackers did while they touched those systems. We also talked about a blog post she had written called “The Top 9 ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile”, how to handle twitter trolls (LORD HELP ME), and how to find free, open source tools for getting into network security. { Episode Links…

Managing Remote Teams with Rachel Hands

{ Episode 31 } Rachel is a life saver. I had an interview with a digital nomad couple that I was really excited about (they met on Tinder and have been traveling the world together ever since), but they had to cancel last minute. It happens! Especially when trying to coordinate across time zones and flights. I sent out a call for help on Twitter and Instagram, and one of the first people who answered was Rachel Hands, Senior Manager of Client Administrations at PatronManager. Rachel was a fantastic fit for the podcast because you all have been asking more question about remote work from a manager’s perspective. Some of you want to start implementing remote teams at your companies.  Many of you want to know what you can do to meet the expectations of a remote manager. What we talked about: What do remote managers look for in employees? What…

35 Projects You Can Add to GitHub to Show Off Your Dev Skills

I first discovered GitHub when I was going to MeetUps in the Loop, trying to figure out what a “real” developer did. I kept hearing from professional developers that companies would see their work on GitHub, and reach out to them with job opportunities. As someone without a college degree who disliked putting together resumes, I thought “This is for me.” I figured if I added projects to my GitHub, I could find a job as a “real” developer. I think it worked 🙂 It’s no secret that hiring managers, recruiters, and developers look to GitHub when looking for talent. It’s a way for them to look at your work, and see how you might fit on their team. Many companies are getting rid of resumes altogether or leaving the request for a resume until the end of the interview process. It makes sense; why look at a piece of…

Working Remotely from Oslo

Hello, happy Saturday! I just got back from Oslo, and I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what it’s like to work there.  When most people think about hopping on a plane and working remotely for a few weeks, they think of Chiang Mai, Budapest, Berlin… not Oslo.  I get it; I was thinking the same thing before I arrived. Last year I spent a few months working while traveling (Manchester, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon).  I was supposed to stay in Oslo for two days, just to catch my flight back to Chicago. When I went to leave for my flight home, I realized that I was staying at a hotel at the wrong airport.  I had flown into the main airport in Oslo.  My flight out of Norway was so far that It would have cost me the price of another plane ticket home ($400 USD…I’m great…