Coding Challenge: Do a 5 Day Deep Dive Into a Project You Want to Make Progress On

There are plenty of coding challenges floating around the internet.  But, a lot of them are in spaces that feel highly academic (I dropped out of college twice) or are based on competition.  I wanted to participate in a coding challenge that was based on completing a project, watching other people complete projects, and celebrating the fact that we’re all making progress at the same time.  I find it really interesting to see how people approach problems, and what they learn from “failures”. I also knew that I didn’t want to commit to a long-term coding challenge. I write code for a living, so I’m already putting in at least 8 hours per day.  I know myself well enough to know that if I committed to a long-term coding challenge, my self-care wouldn’t be a priority.  And to be perfectly honest with you, when my self-care isn’t a priority, my…

I’m Hosting a Demo Day for WiT

Inspired by our Slack’s #victory channel and #WiTBragDay, we’re organizing a remote DEMO DAY end of this month! On August 31st 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm EST, practice bragging about your project alongside a supportable community. Sign up is first come first serve in #demos or DM me with your topic @herlifeinpixels. We’re aiming for at least 5 demos. Anyone is welcome to join in to listen and offer feedback. Shoot me your email for an invite to Google Hangouts. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR WORK & PROCESSES In an ideal world, the quality of a person’s work could speak for itself, but this isn’t the case for underrepresented folks whose experiences are often overlooked and underestimated. One way to show the industry our value is by getting good at framing what we do and being proactive at giving ourselves credit. For a long time in my career, I’ve struggled with talking…

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…

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…