What A Difference A Year Makes 4

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Around this time last year, I was working in a job I hated, doing work I didn’t believe in. I was unmotivated, uninspired and unhappy.

Then I attended the Front-End Design Conference. While I had attended this conference before, the second time around I was more engaged, both with the talks and with the people. It was amazing to see so many people doing what they love; what I love.

The speakers were inspiring. The people were supportive. The weekend was unforgettable.

When I returned home, I was more determined that ever make a change in my life. I started doing more research, reading blog posts, listening to podcasts and watching instructional videos. I absorbed any and everything to do with web design and development. In the weeks that followed, I landed my first job in the web industry. And I was thrilled.

Last week, I gave my first presentation at this year’s Front-End Design Conference. I was terrified to do so, but the encouragement I received from my friends in the community, many of whom I met at the conference, helped me get past my fear. The subsequent positive responses I have received have been flattering, overwhelming and humbling.

So I wanted to say thank you. To all my indirect teachers, to my colleagues, to my friends. To conference organizers and speakers. To all of you who helped make it possible for me to do what makes me come alive. I get to make the interwebs. And that’s awesome.

June 28, 2013 |  

Girl Crush: Jenn Lukas 0

Girl Crush is a monthly feature which profiles awesome female creative types I admire (and whom I may or may not want to bed).

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Why she’s awesome:

Jenn is by far the most energetic person I have ever met. I’m pretty sure she has Red Bull running through her veins.

Earlier this year, Jenn, along side with Yesenia Perez-Cruz, launched Ladies in Tech, a site that encourages women in the tech industry to become speakers and further engage in the community. Recently I took this sentiment to heart and gave my first talk ever at a conference.

In addition, Jenn was named one of Mashable’s 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter. She also writes for The Nerdary, has a regular column in .net magazine and was a contributor to The 2012 Pastry Box Project.

Plus, her energy is so awesome it’s been known to kill the power of a building.


Ummm… “Girl Crushes”?

CNN defines a girl crush as “part jealousy, part admiration,” and I agree. I love women who are uncompromising, whether it be in there professional or personal lives. I admire fierceness, intelligence and talent. The women in this feature embody that and more.

June 26, 2013 |  

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March 28, 2013 |  

Joining the Moroch team! 13

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be joining the team at Moroch as a Front-End Developer!

Moroch is a Dallas-based agency serving clients such as McDonald’s, Disney, Sony Pictures and Coca-Cola. I’m proud to be joining such a smart and talented team, and I’m looking forward to working with and learning from them.

Of course that means I’ll be leaving behind my friends and colleagues at YP (formerly AT&T). I’m sad to leave the great friends I’ve made there and I want to thank them for all their support and encouragement.

I’m nervous about this new challenge but anxious to see what the future holds!

September 7, 2012 |