I am all for learning, adventuring, and experiencing. I'm a strong believer in doing what you love always, trusting in god with all things, and living with vitality under every circumstance. I think that's what has led me to my current situation.
Upon graduating high school I immediately began working for Bittersweet Creative Group. I fell in love with the company long before I became an employee, contributing photography to the Bittersweet Zine, and attending as many events as possible. Being as involved with Bittersweet as I am now has been a dream come true! About five months into my job, I became interested in Web Development, which is one of the main services that we offer. My boss, Kate, and my sister, both encouraged me to look into classes. General Assembly was the perfect fit.
From January to March I took a Front End Web Development course at the wonderful General Assembly, DC. I wanted to learn more, I wanted to make neat inter-webs stuff, and be able to communicate with the developers that I work with. I've had this Pies + Petals dream tucked away in the corner of my heart. "How cool", I thought, would it be to establish a web presence to tell people about my business and then maybe end up baking pies for the rest of my life...?
This ten week course was incredibly exciting, my classmates and I learned HTML, CSS, and basic JS. The instructors (Dan Drinkard, Jesse Shawl, and Michael Dick) were enthusiastic, and also hilarious. For my final project I made this, my original website for Pies + Petals. I've got some skills now, it's true, and I'm super thankful for everyone who has supported me, taught me, and encouraged me along the way.
I've been with Bittersweet for 11 months now, continuing my role as Assistant + Online Manager (Promoted to Junior Developer 11/14, hooray!), taking on lots of web development projects, and learning new things everyday. I've also started doing freelance development + design work! (need a website? wink, wink).
But here's the super exciting part: General Assembly has become one of Pies + Petals' very first clients, thanks to the wonderful Pat DePuydt, GA DC's Education Programs Producer, who truly cares about his students (and apparently loves pie, too.) Below is an interview with me talking a bit about Pies + Petals and my experience with GA. Give the 'Pat News Podcast with Pies + Petals' a listen, and join me on a celebratory weekend. Because every weekend should really be celebrated, right?