November 25, 2016

Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness. ~Unknown

Granted, I told my classmate Yechiel K that I would have this darn thing posted yesterday. I fell victim to homemade lattes and cherry apple pie. So, here we go. I am thankful for life, health, love, family, friends (few and far between), and…what. You thought I wouldn’t be thankful for cliched stuff? Well, I am. I am also thankful for experiencing two hackathons this year — placing in one (Lowe’s) and making a difference for a nonprofit in the other (Austin GiveCamp). I am especially thankful for my ability to nurture.

Spoiler alert: my health hasn’t always been the greatest. I took to gardening because it makes me feel better. I think it is one of the greatest gifts my grandmother ever “gave” me. She can not know the identity of a specific plant and instinctively know just how to take care of it. On my worst days, when I can barely move, you will inevitably catch me trying to sneak to the couch or dinner table and pot or prune something.

Thankful for my ability to nurture. My newest feel good creation. #succulents #teacup

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This made my yesterday. I can create and make things grow…

Most importantly for this year: I am thankful for Women Who Code and Flatiron School. I was given an opportunity to finally work on my dream career - I won a scholarship! You can read about that here. What I don’t think these wonderful organizations realize they’ve given me is a greater sense of community.

I wake up every morning, feed my dogs, and jump on Slack. And when I do, I feel like I am in a classroom of friends. I won’t talk today about why I jumped into Software Development or the dark road I found myself upon before arriving there. I will say this: this wonderful neighborhood of people build on my ability to nurture. They embrace my need to create and let me know that I have the power to invent anything I want. There is no way this village could know how much I appreciate what they do for me everyday. Thank you.

Yes, I code. I Code Like A Girl. I am a Woman Who Codes. I am a Zeta who codes. And I am so very thankful.

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