Dancing Queen – or how I learned to do makeup and wear heels

In my last post, I spoke of my first passion, karate. Today, I’ll speak of my newest and more challenging passion, ballroom dance. Let’s go back to June 2010. I had just earned my first degree black belt, and I wanted to cross-train in something. I was about to go sign up for judo, when…

Holy shit, you do karate? A journey to becoming a sensei

Sitting here, my mind goes to karate, to which I celebrated my ten year training anniversary this summer. I don’t think I ever shared HOW I got into it, and WHY I stay. Let’s flash back to May 2007. I’m visiting my uncle in Winnipeg, and he’s taking pictures of me as we go around…

WordCamp Rochester – Coming in hot!

No doubt, as you have read, it’s been an exciting year for me and WordCamps. A spur of the moment idea for a Women in WordPress panel, and an excellent reception of the panel this past July at WordCamp Ottawa, has lead to newfound confidence, and applications to different WordCamps. While doing a Happiness Bar…

That WordCamp life

So, as you may have read previously here, I have gone down the rabbit hole with WordCamps this year. I was one of the organizers, and a speaker at WordCamp Ottawa. I spoke at WordCamp Montreal as well. The panel I was on, Contributing to WordPress, has been published to WordPress.tv. Building on that momentum,…

Recipe – Turkey Meatloaf

It’s no secret that I like to cook. And sometimes, I share my creations to social media. This one got a lot of “give me the recipe!” comments – so ask, and you shall receive. You’ll need: One package of ground turkey Breadcrumbs, or in my case, matzo meal (I’m a Jewish gal, what can…

So, why web development?

People have asked me many times WHY I chose web development as a career, or why I went into tech in general. Below is my story. I have always been interested in computers. My father got me playing on them at an earlier age. There’s a picture kicking around at my dad’s place, of me…

She Keeps Going and Going and Going….

My friend Dawn asked me how I got my energy, and motivation to try new things, and take on new projects. That’s a simple, but complicated answer. First and foremost: SLEEP. I always, always, unless I’m out of town at a conference, get at least 7 hours of sleep. I aim for 9 hours on…

Debrief – WordCamp Montreal 2017

It was a great experience this weekend speaking at WordCamp Montreal. While it was not my first time coming to Montreal for a WordCamp, it was my first experience as a speaker. I spoke twice. My first talk was a solo lightning talk, on “Plugins and You: Finding that perfect plugin”. It was my personal…

Debrief – WordCamp Ottawa 2017

Last month, was my first time as part of the organizing team for WordCamp Ottawa, and while it was a very tiring, and sometimes crazy, experience – it was definitely worth it. I spent most of the camp either monitoring the social media feed, in my role as the Ottawa WordPress social media manager (self-appointed,…