My story begins…
I began building websites in 2002, before coding was taught to young designers. I was going to school for a Graphic Design degree, and we had one class for web design that taught us how to slice things up in Photoshop, and put them into tables.
It felt clunky, So as a hobby at night I taught myself HTML and CSS. When I graduated with my design degree I worked in several print design jobs by day, and freelanced doing web design at night. When I lost my second full-time job due to the failing Michigan economy in 2005, I decided I wanted to be a web designer and developer.
I moved my husband and I to the west coast and landed my first job in web development. In Portland, Oregon, I brought my design skills and my love of code to a government gig that invested in me. I learned back end PHP and database management and helped build some of their first web applications. I loved that job and soaked up everything I could. Then, after my husband landed a great opportunity job back in Michigan 2 years later, We decided it was time to go home and start a family.
In 2008, I began freelancing and running a business. I love Web Design and Development and teaching others about it! I now have a family of 4, and building my business has helped me be able to take care of my family while doing something I love.
When I’m not busy designing, coding or thinking up the next big thing: I like to be creative offline as well. I do some watercolor painting whenever I can get the chance. I am guilty of being addicted to my iPhone, and love to tweet, Facebook, and email the day away. I’m also married to a fellow web developer, and you should go check him out after you are done here. He’s pretty cool.