Day 8/36: "You've got to burn before you build."
Today was a struggle. I think because I knew what was coming. I know Monday's are the "burn" workouts. They're fast, your muscles hurt (aka burn) and those 20 minutes feel like they're never going to end.
Today I paused 3 times in 20 minutes. Nolan joined me and I was serenaded with him saying "poopie" for 20 minutes straight. To say it was enjoyable would be a lie.
BUT, after those 20 minutes of burn and poopie (he still has yet to poop if you're wondering!), I felt amazing.
I finished. I beat my numbers from last week. And I got to go in late to work due to a power outage. Not a bad way to start a Monday!
Now tomorrow - I might need a pep talk to get up and get it done...any one doing this program with me knows what Tuesday's are...😟
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Men and women could have the same beginning at work, but at some point, women are more likely to step away for families, and that’s when they hit the glass ceiling, pay gap and other challenges. Though nowadays, companies have changed their policies to make it easier for maternity leave, it is always remain a problem that slow down women’s career development in Tech.
Still figuring out this iPad thing but I have homework to do!!! Big surprise of the week: learning that things I thought all came from the same Bernoulli actually came from multiple people in the Bernoulli FAMILY (?!?!) Did you know this??? 😱 #tiffxengineering
And... Just like that another weekend is over! 😭😭😭 It's not all bad though - I finished my #freecodecamp notes on #cssgrid and when I do the last couple of projects I'll have earned the Responsive Web Design certification! 👩💻🎉 I also finished the Jon Duckett HTML and CSS book 💪 - there's nothing else I can learn from that.
Finally, I got 80% of the way through the @codecademy Command Line course and started on a blog post. I'll finish off the course during this week when I can make notes on what I've learned so far as I need them for the final unit. There's too much to just keep in my head and then regurgitate!
What's in the pic? 📸 For years I've been a die-hard Trello user. I'm going back to try Asana for a bit, for some things and I've noted down all the coding-related stuff I want to get done over the next couple of weeks. It doesn't look like loads, but I know some things will probably take me more time than I expect. Plus I've got a busy week ahead, with a pitch, prep for another pitch, plus whatever else comes up at work 🤯. I hope you all have a good one!
Hey y'all! I wrote a little ditty on how to convert your redux code to modularized ducks! 👾👩🏼💻
Which yes, I'll admit, may sound like a bunch of nerdy-mumbo-jumbo, but I worked really hard on it && would LOVE for you to give it a read and let me know what you think! 😘
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I'm reading my first book this year as part of #readingchallenge2019 : @howwomenrise
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
In each story presented in the book, I see what mistakes I also made and what actions I did not perform.
As a result, it is holding me back and I am keeping myself stuck.
For example, I was expecting others to spontaneously notice and reward my contributions.
I thought that speaking up about what I contribute makes me self-centered and If I do an outstanding job, people should notice it.
New habits to be developed to rise to the next level:
- say what I am doing
- say what I've accomplished
- say what motivates me
- say what I want to do in the future
I hope someday this book will be translated into Russian.
Day 6/36: "Commit to make today an awesome day."
One week done already!
Today my mom and I were supposed to go to Cleveland to meet my 2 new nieces, Nora and Ella. But the weather had other plans. We've both been stuck on the thruway during snow storms and it's zero fun so we chose to change things up and go next weekend.
Sure I was bummed. The girls are two weeks old already and their Aunt Jess is dying to squeeze (gently of course!) their sweet little bodies.
I could sit around and be upset at things I can't control, like the weather, but instead I got up, got a quick 20 minute stretch session in, cleaned the house and cleaned out my dresser. All that before 11AM! .
I have to laugh at old Jess. I was about 20 years old and got stuck in Syracuse due to a snow storm and couldn't make it back to Buffalo. The 90 was closed; there was no way I was making it back. I was SO MAD. My dad, legit to his last days on earth, would make fun of how I was yelling and storming around because things didn't go my way. Not one of my finer moments for sure. Ha!
Growth happens through the struggles and the bad times. I'm glad that I've grown (a bit) since those days and can make the most out of a bad (snowy) situation.
Is it snowing were you are? How are you spending the extra time inside?
We hope everyone had a great holiday season 🎉 Thank you to everyone who attended our FY19 realignment meeting! It was great to see some new, enthusiastic faces ❤ We hope you are looking forward to all the events we have planned for the remained of this year 🤓⚙
4 603 days ago
Did you know there’s a number with one hundred zeros in it? It’s called googol. It was named in 1920 by a nine year old. Yes, the company “Google” might have been “Googol” if the founders only knew how to spell!
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Day 5/36: "Transform your life. Inside and out."
This week was long. It was stressful. Work stuff put my mind in a bad place. My mind was in overdrive and my stomach was a mess all week. I felt off and not like me.
I had zero motivation to get up this morning and workout. I told myself just sleep in and do it later tonight.
I'm not motivated every day. Shocking I know! But 100% true.
When motivation fails, discipline takes over. And the new workout pants I bought yesterday helped too! Had to break those babies in!
But it's week one of this journey and I was not going to let my bad mood start my Friday off on the wrong foot.
So I got up and got it done. And it turned out to be my favorite workout of the week so far - what a pleasant surprise!
Heading into this snowy weekend prepared to adjust my attitude and mindset.
How do you deal with unwelcome stress in your life?
I'm feeling pretty dang smiley today... b/c guess what!? ALL of the unit tests are PASSING! 👩🏼💻🤪👾😝✅
Bonus points go to today b/c it's:
B) it's NOT raining in Seattle
C) it's a long weekend && my only plans are to KICK IT 🧘🏼♀️🧘🏼♀️🧘🏼♀️
5 913 days ago
What is GLASS CEILING?
The glass ceiling is the invisible barrier that prevents women and minorities from advancing their career to a certain level of hierarchy. This form of discrimination can be different depends on the culture of the company. Its effect to women, however, cause the same pervasive resistance for them to reach the top ranks of management.
Picture from Essteem latest event: BREAK THE GLASS CEILING on November 2018.
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It's been a really productive, but long day! Travelled down to London today for a scheduled meeting with the. @bingads team to discuss content for a talk I'm giving in April. I hadn't been to the London Microsoft office since they moved to this building near Paddington, so it's been nice to see the new digs. Check out my story to see the amazing atrium!
I'm sticking around for a bit to watch a product update, so here I am hiding in a quiet corner. It'll be a long day as I won't get back up to Leeds until quite late, but I should be able to get some coding practice or project prep in on the train. Or I may give my brain a break and read a book/listen to a podcast.
I also got to meet my friend @elenicashell for lunch! Always lovely when people can find time to see you at super short notice ❤️
Day 4/36: "Make every minute count."
Only 4 days into this 6 week journey and I am already humbled by every workout.
Every morning it's just me and my step. And for 20 minutes I have to dig deeper mentally than I ever thought possible. I take breaks, I modify and I yell.
I wonder why the heck am I doing this. It hurts literally 2 minutes into the warmup. I wonder why 60 seconds seems to last an eternity.
But then I realize that I CAN do this. And these 20 minutes make me feel so powerful throughout the rest of my day.
Honestly, anything that my day might throw at me is nothing compared to 20 minutes with that step!
This program releases officially in April - are you ready to Rise Up and prove that YOU can transform and make every minute count?
Have you been to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington? It’s a great place for STEM inspiration. Today we are honoring the first female director of the museum - Ellen Stofan.
Ellen was a Chief Scientist at NASA for many years where she studied the geology of planets and was part of NASA’s New Millennium Program. Now at the museum, she says “I want to inspire that girl that comes into this museum to say 'I could run the Air and Space Museum — but even more, I could be the first girl to walk on Mars.’”
#WiSEWomenWednesday: This week we are featuring Rachel Chambers for our WiSE woman of the week! She graduated from North Carolina State University @ncstate with a degree in Biology. Currently she is an Associate Scientist at MedPharm in Cary, NC. Check out the WISE words she would like to share with the TECHnicallyFemale community this week! Thanks @rayligraphy for your genuine encouragement and for keeping it real, keep climbing boss!
Rachel’s WiSE Words: If I could give my young aspiring self advice it would be to be BOLD, be confident, and don’t be so hard on yourself. Don’t let the naysayers create doubt in your mind as you are probably doing better than you think you are. If you are in undergrad and currently struggling with your courses, do not be afraid to talk to your professors and ask for help, do not be afraid to ask questions, go to office hours as you might be more comfortable in a smaller setting with a smaller group of people. You can also talk to your Teaching Assistant if you feel more comfortable with him/her. If you are a young woman starting out in your career do not be afraid to negotiate your salary and don’t be intimidated by older colleagues. Make sure that you find a mentor who can provide you with good advice on how they leveled up in their own career and figure out how to apply that to your career path. Spend about 30 minutes to an hour each week reading articles and attending seminars that way you can stay up to date on what is going on in the industry, be knowledgeable, and to ensure that you can do your job to the best of your ability. Don’t forget BE CONFIDENT AND YOU GOT THIS! ************************************************
If you would like to be featured in an upcoming #WiseWomenWednesday feel free to send me a DM with your interest. Thanks and continue to #ShareTheSTEMinism !
10 805 days ago
Day 3/36: "Commit to be the best you can be."
I'm half way through the first week already! Time really does fly when you're having fun.
I was the girl that used to spend at least an hour working out. If you had told me that I would be getting an effective workout at home in just 20 minutes, with a step riser no less, Jess from a year or so ago would have laughed in your face.
It's funny what can happen if you open your mind to something new.
It can be scary to try something different. I will admit that I was nervous on Sunday night. But I made the commit to myself to go all in for the next 6 weeks.
Maybe you've been nervous to take that chance on yourself; maybe you've been watching my journey for awhile and think that you can't do it too.
Friend, I assure you that you can! Making a commitment to yourself for yourself is the greatest feeling ever.
Seeing the 150 women committed to this journey with me share their successes and struggles every day is so uplifting. We might not have the best workouts every day but we have support, motivation and friendship.
It might be day 3 for me, but it's not too late to have your day 1!
1 325 days ago
Turns out, hiding under a massive rock WON'T save me from my ever-growing to-do list... 📋🙅🏼♀️ ·
lol, who knew!? 🤷🏼♀️😫
If you've got some tips & tricks for managing/organizing your tasks PAH-LEASE send them my way! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽
#techteeTuesday today and it comes to you courtesy of my face 🙈 and my desk at the office!
I chose my "Hello World" tee today because I got a bit demoralised working on my first projects at the weekend 😣. It's weird when you spend so long learning theory and you have it DOWN 🤓, but when it comes to stringing it all together to make an actual thing, it's really hard 🤯 - even to just do something basic, like printing "hello world", or making basic webpages in my case.
I found myself poring through my notes 📝📝📝 trying to make sense of the bit I needed next. If anything, having the example #freecodecamp projects to refer to was a hindrance because they can conflict with your idea for how to lay a page out and how to style it. You get fixated on how they did it. 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️ For the next few projects I'm going to wire frame out my ideas on paper, so I'm not making it up as I go - particularly important as the next three projects insist on some component of Flexbox and/or CSS Grid.
As with everything, I know it all comes down to practice and perseverance. I just have to keep at it. As much as I am not a fan of the idea of the "hustle" and "grind" (excuses for an unsustainable lifestyle that can lead to burnout), there is something to having grit (great book BTW) and determination 💪💪💪. So tonight I'll prep my third project and maybe work on the privacy blog post inspired by a recent IG post of mine.
Keep at it peeps 🙌
Day 2/36: "Make time for yourself. You are worth it."
Do you often feel guilty about making time for you?
I think that mom guilt is 100% real. Maybe dad guilt is too, but I can only speak from a mom's perspective!
I am firm believer in making time for YOU. No matter what that is.
For me, yes, it's working out. BUT I also like reading, cooking and browsing Pinterest for hours making a long list of projects for our house.
You can't pour from an empty cup and by spending 20 minutes a day (or hours on Pinterest haha!) makes me more balanced and happy in all aspects of my day.
What about you? How do you make time for you? I'd love to hear!
Are you frustrated when you order a piece of clothing that you love, send away for it, only to discover the color or style isn’t quite right or it doesn’t fit? Another return! Well, it won’t be too long before this problem is solved.
AR (Augmented Reality) is helping online shoppers with buying the right look and size by a smart blended reality mirror overlaying clothes on to users. A genius tool that further helps online retailers to reduce the number of returned items.
This is just one of many ways that technology and fashion are merging. So for all fashionistas - you might want to take coding and technology classes as this knowledge and experience will open up all kinds of fashion jobs in the future! #codeninjaspalosverdes
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The overnight success story. Ah, I've never heard of one. After spending a lot of time researching "new" apps, it came to my attention that most of them had been on the app store for at least a year.
This is contradicting to what I thought before becoming an entrepreneur. I would hear about a successful app, making some major $$, and assume that app was just released.
It's kind of relieving to think these successful co founders put years of work into their products to make it a success. It makes me feel like I have a chance as well, as long as I keep improving my product and never give up on it, even if this process takes years.
If you're trying to start something, don't get caught up in the "overnight success story". From my experience, it only adds more stress and doesn't help with moving your product along.
I focus on daily growth. It's 100% in my control and predictable if I put the work in.
Do you believe in overnight success stories?
"Rule number one of any transformation is to get uncomfortable."
Day 1 begins today! For the next 6 weeks I'm going to transform not only my body but my mind.
I might be smiling and I am 100% excited, but I am nervous to start this journey. ShaunT is legit my favorite trainer out there but his workouts are no joke!
They for sure test your mental toughness as well as your physical limits.
As nervous/excited as I am, I have over 100 women starting this journey with me! How's that for accountability and motivation?
And there's always a spot for YOU in this community.
I am ready to get uncomfortable and share this journey with you over the next 6 weeks!
#MondayMantraMotivation: Happy Monday bosses! Don’t be afraid to go for what you want, even if you are unable to reach the outcome you desired. Through every journey their is a lesson that positively impacts your overall growth and development. Pursue your passions, fail fearlessly, and always #ShareTheSTEMinism along the way !
It’s a two-coffee kind of Monday ☕️ We are only a few hours into the week and I’ve already hit the ground running. My office moved buildings this morning, I have family visiting this week, and I’m moving apartments this weekend. Here’s to a week of packing-overload 😶! I spent a lot of time this weekend writing new content for my blog and I can’t wait to share it! In the meantime, check out my latest post on 5 tools to get you started in data science! (Link in bio)
5 1616:50 PM Aug 27, 2018
We’ve been busy writing tests with jest this week! We find it challenging to figure out how much test coverage is adequate. How do you know when you have enough test coverage? 🤷🏻♀️🤖💻
12 41910:21 PM Jun 27, 2018
I had such a great experience at last week’s structural modeling conference in ATL, I wanted to share more of what I currently do at work!
What is Structural Analysis? It’s the process used in determining how a structure and its components behave (internal forces, stress, strain, deflection, etc.) under load conditions.
How is that process executed? Two parts - modeling and math! Modeling the structure in an engineering software allows you to simulate all of its properties and environment.
Why is it important? We need to know that structures can withstand external and internal forces/stresses so that it can pass safety standards.
What are you currently working on? Some of my projects include analyzing NASA’s test stand piping supports and engine thrust mounts.
Who can become a Structural Engineer? In my branch specifically, we’re mostly compromised of Civil and Mechanical Engineers!
What more would you like to know?
53 3603:00 PM Oct 24, 2018
Hi everyone 😊👋🏻 an update on my project: we finished the concrete basement walls and will start framing the house this week! My plan is to finish all the exterior work before Christmas! 🎄then when it's cold we can heat up the inside and do all the interior work 🤗
Extremely annoyed AF! 👊
These days I’ve been aware of a lot of comments against women in tech.💥 Stereotypes are shitty ☇and everyone is able to study, work, express and do whatever they want and more important dress however they want, so move on! 👏👏👏👏 Be the type of person that has something positive to say! and spread the love💜, Don’t waste your time with hate, that only shows what's missing inside🛇
Be the change 👐
38 8896:17 AM Dec 17, 2018
Today, I woke up with a negative comment on my LinkedIn ⚠my first way to handle it was getting pissed and telling a friend about it. But then, I just realized that it was not worth it and it's better when you take things in a positive way and move on fast 💥
The guy was a Senior guy telling me how I looked good with my posts but he wasn't sure I had even something that was not a broken site.💻👐 Always find a good way to say and manage situations ❤ that might make a difference. And doesnt matter if you are a senior or junior, you must show respect fot everyone.
Have a nice Tuesday🌞
65 11004:30 PM Dec 18, 2018
Who out there has ever used a dating app? 🙋🏻♀️🙈 I was curious about how dating apps use data to find matches. Turns out, there is an algorithm called the Stable Marriage Problem that was engineered in 1962 to pair everyone with their perfect match. A little ahead of its time, right? 😆 Read more about it on my blog and then get out there and woo your next date with your new knowledge! 🤓 (link in bio) #developer_work