January 6, 2019 — How I regained strength and confidence after having to deal with the consequences of my biggest fear: REJECTION.
If you struggle with imposter syndrome and are afraid of being rejected, this talk is for you! Also, I might mention ‘borrels’ 😉 #shareyourrejections
December 10, 2017 — I used to be really embarrassed of my story. I worked really hard to learn what “normal” looked like so I could act that way. I lived from the webpages of Urban Dictionary, hours of MTV’s reality shows and TLC’s “What NOT to Wear”. I obsessed about what I said to people but I never really mastered the ability of stopping myself from blurting out strange things. I obsessed over whether I was invited to things. I was desperate to fit in.
This desperation to be “normal” and fit in is something that I kept trying to do in every area of my life.
When I began interning as a UX designer for an agency, I obsessed over whether my designs were cool or fit in with the right trends. When I got involved with marketing, I signed up for course after course to figure out how to market the right way. I spent my life copying other people’s methods.
Then I got to know people in the WordPress Community. I noticed how unique each person was and I noticed how these differences were celebrated. I felt at home, even though no one else acted like me. I started following a lady called “Bridget Willard”. She claimed anyone could be a guru. She fascinated me. She helped me learn to embrace my own story.
I quit caring about what was “normal” or what I was doing “right” and I started being myself. I stopped being ashamed that I was born Amish or that I’m a single mom. This didn’t mean I started sharing EVERYTHING from my life, but I did make it a point to do everything from my heart. I asked myself how I felt about things. I started trusting my own gut.
Today I’m building a brand with my cousin and friend, Urban Southern. We’re weaving our story into this brand. We were both born Amish and we have both struggled to embrace our heritage but now we do. We focus on sharing real life moments. We make our own videos for our ads with our iPhones. We post fun stories on Instagram every Friday to share about our process and favorite memories from our childhood. People are loving it! The results are pretty cool so far. Within four months of launching our revised brand, we were invited to New York Fashion Week in the Spring of 2017. We are currently collaborating with Vintage Vogue in Paris.
Before my cousin and I started working together, she was presenting the brand as a very generic leather goods brand. We went from selling a total of 45 leather items in a year and a half, to now selling more than 45 leather bags in our slowest month since we’ve begun to work together and getting personal with our brand.
I’m personally much happier and I’ve had cool opportunities for my art career as well. I painted live for an event with the City of Denver this Spring and shared my story publicly. Now I’m headed to Uganda this month to paint murals in a school.
It doesn’t matter who you are, you have a unique story to tell or a unique way of solving problems. What you already have inside of you and in your life experience is exactly what you need to do what you want to do in the world. Use it.
November 22, 2017 — El Growth Hacking está de moda. Hay cientos de aplicaciones y utilidades para hacer crecer tu comunidad. ¿Pero por qué usar otras herramientas si WordPress es lo suficientemente potente para ello¿. Veremos el uso de WordPress para hacer crecer tu comunidad ayudados de Landing Pages, MicroSites y alguna que otra sorpresa. Espero que sea lo más práctica posible y el que salga sin aprender algo tienen los cafés en la WordCamp pagados.
October 26, 2017 — In this session, we will look at the “imposter syndrome” and how we are not alone in this adventure. Learn also how to overcome and conquer this roadblock and how not to let this fear of not being good enough stop you from developing into the person you want.
June 29, 2017 — Working with abstract things like the web can sometimes be demotivating. Remote work with no colleagues to talk to can make matters even worse. I’ve always considered myself a developer, but over the years I’ve also been a consultant, an agency founder/CEO and now a team leader. Even though I love development, with different roles and different clients and projects it sometimes has been a struggle to find motivation to continuously do my best. I will share what I have learned how to cope with the pressure, focus on stuff that matters, and finding meaning and motivation in my work.
February 4, 2017 — This is the story of how I became involved with WordPress, and the WordPress community, and also how attending WordCamp Sydney 2014 changed my life.
It will give examples of how giving back to WordPress can be beneficial in many ways, and also hopefully inspire those just embarking on their WordPress journey to follow their dreams, and maybe even some tidbits for seasoned WordPressers.
July 3, 2016 — Have you ever compared yourself to other designers / developers and felt like you’re not in their league?
Do you write code, but wouldn’t dare to call yourself a developer?
Do you shy away from contributing or publishing your code / designs / projects openly, because you’re worried you’re not good enough?
At WordCamps, are you afraid to ask “stupid” questions or admit if you don’t understand something?
Congrats, you’re suffering from Impostor Syndrome.
Most of us do, but not many talk about it!
I’d like to share my struggles with it and how I’m overcoming it. And so can you!
July 2, 2016 — I talk about my humble beginnings as a WordPress user, developing a feature plugin and how I eventually got commit access to WordPress core. What is it like to lead such a project? What is it like to break the web? Also, I reveal what Swiss chocolate has to do with getting commit access…
May 1, 2016 — Running your own business is tough. There’s tons of things to think about, for sure. But how do you handle that, while also trying to stay current with all the technological changes that seem constant? How do you manage investing in your own growth? If there’s anyone who can share insights into the question, there’s no doubt it’s Tom.