I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. — Mary Oliver, poet
I love this quote that represents how I try to approach life — with compassion, playfulness, and curiosity.
Although I studied sociology and design in college, I was always the technical one in the room. I often set up new gadgets and software for friends and family members. I soon became the trainer and IT support at any new job. After I left, coworkers would call me up for help. My cell phone became their personal hotline.
I started blogging in 2006 at a time that wellness had become a big passion for me. An injury gave me a crash course in the importance of healthy food, regular exercise and being your own advocate in the healthcare system. I soon discovered WordPress – falling in love with both the mission of “democratizing publishing” and its open source community.
After moving to South Carolina, I became the lead organizer of the Greenville SC WordPress Meetup and started providing WordPress training and support. In 2015 I launched the Women Who Code Greenville network joining the global movement inspiring women to excel in technology careers. I also found my tribe of creative thinkers: Beer & Napkins: an idea revolution joining the Advisory Board in 2015. From 2016-2018, I developed SC Codes Greenville an innovative software development education program in partnership with the Greenville County Library System.
My business ventures with my now ex-husband were primarily focused on his passion for competitive cycling, including launching the first indoor cycling studio in Long Beach, CA and then Browne Eye Media after moving to Greenville, SC. I’ve been an advocate for liveable communities since studying urban planning and my favorite way to ride a bike is to commute downtown by way of Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail. I was part of a group of volunteers that founded Bike Walk Greenville in 2013, volunteering as a Board Member and web developer.
I love being outdoors – especially surrounded by trees. I’m happiest when I make walking and biking a regular part of my days. I love to learn and to have a positive impact on people’s lives — even if it is just with a smile or making them laugh. Check out my Now page to see what I’ve currently got in the works.