I am almost always engrossed in building a tool that solves a problem for myself. These projects are some of those tools that I have built. Several of the repo READMEs have a tour of the app with screenshots and code snippets of the parts I find most interesting.
Open Source Contributions
Emoji artwork contributions for shared Slack emoji resource
Pull Requests for GitHub issues for StockAid, an inventory management system for The Grateful Garment Project which provides clothing for victims of sexual assault
Snippet contributions for this React ES6 snippet library for Atom
Editing contributions for the book Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby by Sandi Metz
Editing contributions for Ruby command line tic-tac-toe game which accompanies an online tutorial for building object-oriented games with Ruby
How I Pursue Ongoing Learning
- Weekly mentor sessions for code reviews
- Daily podcasts (currently loving Syntax by WesBos)
- Daily Slack community engagement
- Weekly tech Meetups where I learn new things or help others to solve problems
- Teaching others
- Occasional open source contributions
- Collaborating with others on side projects
- Ongoing side projects
- Tutorials when needed for depth
- Annual tech conferences (Rails Conf, Ruby Conf, etc.)
- Incorporation of CodeClimate, Reek, and Rubocop automated code reviews for feedback
Whenever I have an idea for something that solves a particular problem, I dive in and start creating. Sometimes it's a solution I can use right now (zipper pocket underpants) and other times, it's a solution that I wish had existed when I needed it (book on packing), so I created it to solve the problem for other people.
Self-Reading Tarot Deck
I was curious to read tarot cards, but it was a lot to memorize up front in order to do a reading. I made this deck and spreads to be self-reading. All you have to do is lay down the cards and read what's on them. It fixed the glitch for me and they're selling like hotcakes on Etsy. See it on Etsy
Adult Coloring Book
Coloring is fun. But for me, some of those adult coloring books with intense patterns and endless decisions to make feel more like a chore than play. I created this book to be as simple to color and as playful as children's books, but with snarky scenes of chores and woes from adult life. See it on Amazon
These are some places where I contribute blog posts or content.
Almost a TIL journal, this blog is where I share the discoveries in programming that thrill me. Sometimes it’s an ah-ha moment or else it’s just a really nifty method or concept that knocked my socks off. These posts are currently hosted in the blog section of this site.
In my former life as a graphic designer, I wrote a few posts to answer client questions about image size and other common things that come up. As it turns out, one of my posts taught over 45,000 people how to calculate dpi for print.
After being inspired by all of the things people are making and sharing via Instructables, I was excited to participate in the community. I wrote three instructables to show people how to make the things I just made: zipper pocket underwear (twice, actually), plant necklaces, and how to convert a poker deck into a tarot deck.
As we lived and worked (remotely) in several Latin American countries, we documented some of the highlights and adventures we had. I also wrote some posts on logistics to help other would-be travelers to take the plunge.
While we were traveling, my husband and I were seeing a lot of ecological and human problems that we hadn’t seen first hand before. We were also seeing people who were working to solve these problems. It was really inspiring, so we started a separate blog to have a reason to connect with these people and write about their efforts. (We recently rolled that content into our main travel blog.) In December of 2016, a person producing sustainable dental floss contacted me regarding a post I wrote on dental floss waste and sustainable alternatives asking me for permission to print a quote from my post on her packaging. How cool is that?