‘Life Story’ Videos

  • Birgit Olzem: How working with WordPress saved my life

    Birgit Olzem: How working with WordPress saved my life

    WordCamp Nijmegen 2018Speaker: Birgit Olzem

    January 6, 2019 — “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” – Do you know the spiritual song? This talk will cover a personal journey how working with WordPress saved my life. My very first touch with the thing internet I had at the end of the year 2000. My third daughter was a five-month-old baby girl when we went online. My first child was born when I was at the age of 18. Now I am a mom of five children and a grandmother of a cute baby. Today I am a successful working mum and happy with my outcome. But I struggled with some issues over several years. Mostly health issues caused by stress during and after the divorce, as well as some deaths in the vicinity. Nothing severe, but not ignorable. Hey, I survived a burnout after the hard times of divorce fights. I thought… But at the end of summer 2016, I got seriously ill. Not the right place for details here, but let me tell you what happened to me to stay alive. WordPress is part of my life since its beginning. Shortly after the first release, I played a lot with this piece of Software which let us enjoy great WordCamps and making friends. Being a part of such helpful and friendly community can help to survive and overcome real-life rock bottom events. Let me share with you the lessons I’ve learned.