Open Source is important because at the crux, it’s people creating and building for the people. Because open source is not governed by external interests, we have the opportunity to do things that we never get to do otherwise. Look at WordPress and all that it has spawned as one shining example. By its very nature, open source software provides an abundance of real-life learning material for aspiring coders and designers. Open Source brings people from all backgrounds together. This gives us a chance to approach design and development from multiple perspectives right at the start. Our personal experiences and perspectives are only one part of the whole. One cause that I am privately championing is to truly listen to people. I think listening to what someone has to say, and understanding where they’re coming from goes a long way toward helping them feel heard and that their life experience and voice matters.
At the start of every project, recognize that our personal experiences and perspectives are only one part of the whole.
One cause that I am quietly championing is to truly listen to people. I think listening to what someone has to say, and understanding where they’re coming from goes a long way toward helping them feel heard and that their life experiences and voices matter.
My mother got me hooked on paper planners. Right now, my favorites are The Day Designer and The Simplified Planner. They have such beautiful covers and it’s fun to design the interiors and color-code tasks. I use the former as an overall day planner, and the latter as a work planner. There’s something satisfying about writing tasks down and crossing them off with a highlighter when I complete them. Plus, the paper smells great. I love having a physical, non-digital component to my every day life.
Currently, I love my Philips Wake-up light. It’s been great at waking me up in the mornings — slow, gradually increasing light that resembles sunlight, with pleasant bird sounds.
I’m also loving Simple Note — I use it to jot down notes on the go, my grocery lists, and general things I need to transfer to my paper planners later.
When I created my first website at age 14, I had no idea I’d be doing it as a full-time job in my 30s! I started out at Automattic as a Theme Wrangler, and now I’m a proud member of a concierge team that works with influencers in a variety of genres to bring them to WordPress. I enjoy helping people build websites that they love, and look forward to continuing to build WordPress sites for even more people and organizations going forward, and continue spreading the message of open source. In my afk time, I paddle on the local dragon boat team, go on long walks, read, and receive orders from my cat.
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