Honest thoughts on my ongoing coding journey

Directly upon graduating back in 2014, I wrote my first “Hello World” program on Codecademy. I played around on here for a bit, but did not give coding much further thought, and left it as it was. Back in 2015 I touched my first lines of ‘real’ code first at a Rails Girls workshop, and the weekend after at a Django Girls workshop. Thanks to the great organisation and friendly coaches at the Django Girls event, I felt very encouraged to learn and was accommodated very well. One coach here in particular, Daniel, whose name I will forever keep mentioning as my starting point, helped me out that much that I actually started to believe that people can learn this stuff, and, also not too unimportant, that even I would be able to learn this stuff. He particularly inspired me because he also came from a non-formal background, but stayed persistent in his quest and made a switch nonetheless. And so my journey began.

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At a Rails Girls event receiving help because I didn’t know what the f### I was doing.
  • or didn’t send me a response at all.
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A blog CMS with Django from the Django Girls Tutorial. Such professionalism, so wow.
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Hiding in a fully packed audience at the first JS Crash Course lecture in 2017 at King. Pic taken by Vlad.
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Secretly terrified of public speaking, holding onto the mic for my dear life, showing the others how far I got with my app. This was the intro.
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Figuring out how to do my first pull request.
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I remember playing in my terminal for the first time and being completely fascinated. I’ve come a long way. Pic made in Sketch.io, cat from Sketch.io

To a life of endless learning and enriching experiences.

This piece ware more (very) personal. And somewhat emotional towards the end. I honestly don’t know how this will be perceived by anyone reading it (if anyone will read it to start with, hah.). For me there is only one way to find out, and that is by publishing it. If you actually read the piece, wow, thank you!

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Writing my way to progress. Topics: personal growth, life lessons, tooling & (failed) ventures.

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