When I entered the Graphic Design program at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film, I had no intentions of pursuing web design as a career. I went in to my first web class with my arms crossed shaking my head – I was there because I had to be. You have to understand, I had long held the belief that the internet was a soul-crushing, relationship-killing, paper-extincting (extincting?) force of pure evil. To be fair, there’s a not-so-secret part of me that still thinks so. Regardless, I couldn’t deny that twisted mistress that was web design. She tempted me with her boundless potential. Invited me to learn the delicate intricacies of her inner workings. I was introduced to code. A secret language for pete’s sake! Needless to say… it didn’t take long.
Before I knew it I was spending every free minute buried deep in HTML and CSS. Once I believed I had a sufficient understanding there, I moved on to jQuery, then custom WordPress theming. I believe my first custom theme is what solidified my future in web development. It was undeniable proof–proof that I could do it! I could figure it out! Before this point I was perpetually overwhelmed by the ever-changing landscape of my industry. Every time I learned something new I found out about 10 more things I didn’t know. I heard the w3(world wide web) referred to as the Wild Wild West. It was then that I decided to pull on my proverbial cowboy boots (I do live in Nashville after all), and tame that wild beast!
I found my confidence in Web Design and Development. I found comfort in my ability to make virtual space look good and function well. Harnessing the power of the internet, I leapt!
I leapt (with the support of my incredible husband), and landed firmly in work-at-home-motherhood. A baby boy? A new secret code to decipher! And cloth diapers? Nonono…*arms crossed tightly in front of me*. I bet you can see where this is going…
So here I am, a web-designing, front-end developing, cloth-diapering, working-for-myself mother and wife. I have to say – I don’t think it gets much better.