I am a front end developer and desiger.
Passions and future work
Taking a client on the journey from the very beginning to final launch of their new website is my total passion. I love design and I love the entire package a website involves. Branding, color theme, psychology, layout, UX, UI - absolutely everything.
Currently working on
I won a scholorship for the Udacity nano-degree in front-end web developement, sponsored by google.
I co-run a Slack Channel and a Medium Publication, dedicated to new coders that are wanting to change career. We have over 3000 members.
Why I left medicine
I am currently in the throes of changing careers. I have been in Medicine for 14 years (as an Osteopath). I recently enjoyed a very successful stint in Canada. I had patients from all walks of life coming to see me and an excellent referral system within the community. I was becoming very well known and in demand. I was beginning to feel like I had finally reached the top of my game. I then moved back to Europe in 2016 and having children, I took 2 years off (maternity leave). In that time I reflected on what I wanted in life and I came to a very clear, but shocking conclusion...
In 2014 I made my first ever website on Wordpress, completely self-taught. At the time it took about 8-12 hours per day and I finished it in a month. I have never felt such satisfaction. From knowing nothing to having built a working website that actually brought patients to my door was unreal. My best friend at the time was a programmer and a web developer. We spent many hours talking about design, website, tech trends, latest gadgets and creating.
Due to unforeseen circumstance, I had to quickly leave England, at which point I moved to Canada. Before I left I knew I had to build a second website, this time with the focus on SEO. I needed my website to be at the top of google for my profession, amidst stiff local competition. The learning curve was, again, another steep one. Once released, it took only 4 months to reach number 1 in google for my city (screenshot here
). Soon after that, I reached number 2 in my neighboring city as well (screenshot here
During this process of learning and creating, something permanently changed inside of me. I truly found something I loved doing. I literally would be excited to get home and start building on my website. Whenever I had a spare minute I would be reading or watching tutorials on anything and everything related to the web and design. It became a quiet passion. Although my main profession was still my drive, things never came naturally. I often had to force myself to continue my blog. Force myself to pick up my anatomy textbooks. There was always a resistance to doing it. Yet when it came to design and websites I found my heart longing for it and constantly willing. When this goes on for a few years you begin to ask questions.
This brought me to my conclusion. I loved treating people and helping them as an Osteopath and I still do today. I never felt like I had a bad day at the office. But I never longed for it either. With coding, design and web developement, I do. It was upon this stark, real conclusion that I decided to pursue my dreams. I know I will reach this goal... It is just a matter of when. I want to become a front-end-developer and then explore full-stack.
I finished building my third website with Wordpress last year. It is still currently live and can be viewed here
. Due to Wordpress and theme updates the website has now become dysfunctional. It only works properly in Safari. Due to this I have started to code it rather than use Wordpress.