Becoming a developer
My passion for building websites was sparked when I first discovered I could make them using Geocities back in 2001 (yes, I'm that old).
Once I saw there was more to life than gifs of twinkling stars and spinning welcome signs, I moved onto MS FrontPage where I started building websites using tables. My first success was a popular fan website dedicated to the TV show Bottom, which even had people from around the world submitting their own content, something I was very proud of as a 16 year old.
I went to University to study film production and media studies, but never stopped building websites. A few years of trying to do both, I eventually found my focus as a front end developer.
Since then I've been freelancing almost exclusively for agencies and B2B companies, but I also do take on full website projects from time to time. I consider myself a front-end/designer mix which to me is a great combination for knowing UX and accessibility and understanding the fundamentals of a good website.
Not just a coder
Whilst I do enjoy a life in front of a computer screen, I also like to get out a lot. So much so I started a monthly networking group called Portsmouth Freelancers Meet in 2010 to encourage other home-workers to do the same. I've also successfully run 5 PubHack events, which is my own brand of hackathon set in a pub.
In 2017 I started a fitness journey which has lead me to a love for weight-lifting, long distance running and cooking.
I have three cats (Joel, Charlie and Lyra) who like to 'help' around the office, and are the subject of most of my social media photographs.
A passion for travel
I'm also an avid traveller, and me and my fiance try to visit as many new countries as possible. In the last three years I've visited 16 countries all around the world and don't intend to stop there! You can read all about my travels in my blog.