I was first introduced to programming around 2013. I started writing little programs in Excel using VBA. I was working at R Grocery Outlet (now Sommers Discount Market) and I was constantly trying to streamline different routine tasks we performed in Excel (inventory, sales reports, etc).

About two years later I came across Treehouse, and decided to take my programming abilities to the next level and learn how to make websites. I started by learning the basics of HTML, CSS, and a little bit of jQuery.

After spending a lot of time learning about the front-end, I wanted to spend some time learning about the back-end. I started by going through all the courses that Treehouse had on PHP. Then, I took a course that walked you through how to make a social media website. After going through that course I started from scratch and made my own social media website, and called it Social Pancake (great name, I know 😎). I made this site with HTML, CSS (SASS), jQuery, PHP, and MySQL. This process of learning PHP and creating a social media website taught me a lot about building a real-world website with back-end functionality.

I spent the next a year or so playing around with PHP and MySQL until I decided to look into this React framework that I had been hearing so much about. As soon as I made my first React website I was hooked. Everything about it is so enjoyable to work with. Not only is it enjoyable to work with, but it has made me a much better JavaScript developer. Recently I have been doing a ton of work with GatsbyJS.

In 2018, not long after I started to get into React, I got my first job as a front-end developer at Ignitro Studios. While I was there my primary responsibility was to take PSD mockups and turn them into websites using HTML, CSS, and WordPress. This job taught me a lot about WordPress and working on a dev team.

I am currently freelancing and trying to learn everyday. I have a long list of things I want to learn and get better at, and I'm trying to work on that list each day.

"Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day." - Rory Vaden