What shall I say about myself? Well, most of all, know that I build websites. No, I'm not a designer. No, I don't know how to hack the government. I'm a Front-End Developer.
I have chosen to be a Front End Developer because that is the area where my talents for problem solving, adaptabily, and empowerment are best utilized. I get the opportunity to work with designers, back end programmers, and business leaders, which in turn broadens my perspectives. Additionally, I enjoy the challenge of empathizing with the end user of websites. Users of a website have an objective when visiting a website, and its my job to ensure they fulfill that objective.
First introduced to HTML and CSS in 1999, I quickly latched on to the technologies. Back then, there were few standards in place. The idea of seperation between content and presentation were non-existent. Cross-browser compatibility gave me nightmares.
Today, there exists a plethora of tools available to make websites. Good standards are quickly adopted on a mass scale. Copywriters can operate independently of designers, and collaboration within cross-functional teams happens effortlessly if given the right foundation.
However, my challenge as a web developer remains the same. How do I get my target audience to act upon a call-to-action item and produce a conversion.
Other "hobbies" of mine include yoga and making my dog into an Instagram sensation.
I have found yoga to be most effective at neutralizing the effects of cerebral palsy, a nondegenerative neurological condition affecting muscle control. Yes, I live with cerebral palsy.
The "style" of yoga I practce is called Iyengar yoga, which is a system of yoga that emphasizes timing, sequencing, and alignment. It is a unique method that has taught me how to be a better problem solver, how to bring more integrity to the work I produce, and most of all, how to approach my tasks with diligence and persistence.
Iyengar yoga is best known for using "props" to support the body to highlight certain aspects of the pose. If you look at the picture shown, you can see that I am laying over a yoga blog, but its not that simple.
This picture illustrates how Iyengar Yoga teaches me the value of adaptation, persistence, and synergy, all values that make me a better web developer.
By supporting my body in new positions that promote openness, I am essentially reprogramming my brain, learning new muscle memory and strengthening under utilized muscles. These actions directly counteracts the affects of cerebral palsy.