It’s a process. Quitting won’t speed it up.

Went down an internet rabbit hole…you as you do on a Friday morning when you’re internally debating when and how to get up because there are things to do but the bed is so comfy.

And I came across an article about a woman who lost 30 pounds in 100 days – an incredibly feat!

I can’t speak to her methods or anything else, but the headline was enough to get me to her instagram feed, where I found this:

It’s a slow process but quitting won’t speed it up.

I’m working on several things at the moment, personally and professionally. It’s all slow going and full of uphill battles. Pushing a boulder up a never ending mountain.

It feels like nothing is working and worse yet, that no progress is being made. I feel so utterly stuck. And it’s debilitating.

But it’s all in my head.

Because the amount of work I’ve put in has had impact, whether I see it or not.

Whether it worked as planned or not.

Whether I succeeded.

Or not.

I am improved having gone through what I have so far.

I really am better/stronger/smarter/faster. Something I notice only when I can pull my head out of my head if you know what I mean 😀

It was a freaking slow process.

And rarely on my timeline.

Going in fits and starts time and again.

And it still is slow, not on my timeline, and has starts and stops.

But I’ve gotten this far.

And quitting wouldn’t have helped (and didn’t help) anyone, least of all myself.

So this is a long tribute to myself. It’s something I’ve long needed to recognize about myself.

In sharing, I hope you too can see that in yourself.

Speaking and Paneling at WC Udaipur 2017

In about an hour, I will have the pleasure of speaking at WC Udaipur on the GPL. I’ll also be speaking on a panel later today for Women In WordPress. It’s my first time in Rajasthan and Udaipur. The city is absolutely beautiful and the organizers and volunteers have done an amazing job with the camp.

As I’ve done before, I’m posting my slides in advance for anyone who’d like to follow along or come back to anything we talked about after the talk 🙂

Please get in touch if you have any questions or want to talk further!

WC Pune – Let’s Encrypt Talk + Panel Discussion

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WCPune-speaker-black- badgeWordCamp Pune has kindly accepted my talk on Let’s Encrypt as well as asking me to talk on a panel about non-development careers in WordPress.

Since there is a lot of information covered in my talk and only about 30 minutes, I’ve posted my slides here for attendees to follow along or go back to later.

Please feel free to shoot me an email or tweet if you’d like to talk more about anything we covered!

WCUS Philly v2 :)

I just had the honor of speaking at WordCamp US in Philadelphia for the the second year. Speaking on SSL certificates and Let’s Encrypt was quite the affair. Tons of people, lots of questions, and wonderful conversation both in person and on Twitter. I was even asked for a selfie!

Anyways, without further ado, here are my slides for anyone who wants to follow up on the talk content 🙂

WordCamp Atlanta 2016 aka Accessible Websites: What are they and why should I care?

Another WordCamp, another talk about accessibility 😉

I’m really glad to be given the opportunity to talk at WordCamp Atlanta for the second year in a row. Here are my slides for the talk for anyone who wants to follow along in real time or happens to stumble upon this in the future:

This be vegan yo!

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This morning was a fruit and chocolate kinda morning. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears, and grapes all swirled together with (non-dairy) dark chocolate with powdered sugar on top.

It was also a “break out the camera” kinda morning.

It’s been an awesome morning 😀

Demystifying Web Accessibility

It’s bright and early Friday morning, and I’m getting ready for the first day of WCUS (WordCamp US for anyone who doesn’t follow all things WordPress). I’m so excited to be here and able to meet all of the awesome people attending. It’s supposed to be nearly 2000 (eek!).

I’m also speaking this morning, hence the very early wakeup call 🙂 I’ll be talking about web accessibility, something that I’ve been getting more and more interested in over the last year or so. Here’s the official description of today’s talk:

Accessibility is so much more than just catering to screen readers. What goes into making a website accessible? Many government contracts require websites to be accessible. A variety of companies and brands want them. It can affect the “magic” of SEO (ranking, search-ability, search engine karma, etc). How can you determine whether or not your website is?

Ultimately, it’s really not that hard, doing even one thing is better than nothing at all, and it’s never too late to start thinking about it. This presentation will discuss both tools and techniques that can help you build accessible websites.

If you’re into this sorta thing and want to come geek out about it with another person, or you have any questions or want to talk about the awesomeness of dogs or finding the perfect veggie philly cheesesteak, please come find me! In case anyone would like to follow along, I’ve posted the slides below as well as through SlideShare.

WordCamp Seattle 2014

As you may have gathered, I do a bit of website design and photography. This past weekend was spent in Seattle at WordCamp Seattle on the University of Washington. Yes it really is that beautiful. I was quite a bit envious of their campus 🙂

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This post serves two purposes, one to show off my presentation so those that were there have access to my slides:

The other is to attempt to convince anyone who is not already convinced that the Pacific Northwest is absolutely stunning.

This is the first time I’ve ever been on the West Coast. It has been an amazing experience so far! I’ve been warned of the rainy weather, but it was actually really nice. A bit cloudy/misty in the morning/early afternoon, but it was absolutely beautiful the second half of every day!

There was an amazing wind that blew off of the water and it was never over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The views on the water are striking and it’s basically a photographer’s paradise. My hundreds of photos are proof, though I won’t bore you or strain my server with all of them. I’ll add some when I have a bit more access to internet. Now off to Amtrack bound for San Francisco!

P.S. Photography credits to Curtis Cronn and Patrick Gage Kelly. Thanks guys!

New Travels

So I just got back from India. And by just…I mean exactly 3 weeks ago.

Now where oh where are those amazing photos that I keep harping about? You know, those ones that show off how beautifully amazing my family is, show off my birthplace, and are just all around awe-inspiring and breath-taking?

…yeah about that…

I took like 7000 of them. And I was only there for like 3 weeks. So like 3-400 a day. A day. Yeah I’m kinda kicking myself for that. Not because they’re not amazing and captured moments that I will treasure forever. But because I got so snap happy that it’s kinda ridiculous to go through them all now after the fact because sometimes there’s 6 photos of the same thing, just varying degrees of the depth of field aka what’s in focus the most.

So to make a long-ish story short. Here are some photos. There are many MANY more to come, but I have got to get back to this whole actually posting regularly thing…more soon 🙂

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PS. A bit of a self-promotion thing…If you’re a WordPress user you should check out WordCamp, an event held across tons of cities around the world that allow WordPress community to come together to learn and meet and grow (and eat good food with great company). They’re popping up everywhere from Portland to Copenhagen to Austin to Chicago to London to wherever WP users are and want to hold one next! And if you happen to be in Asheville/Seattle, come check out WordCamp [insert respective city here] to see yours truly give a talk about images and colors and how to make your site look pretty 🙂