And just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, it turned into a butterfly. - Chinese proverb
I’m a person with a lot of creative ideas and a lengthy technical background that spans nearly 25 years. Needless to say, I’ve seen a lot of changes throughout my IT career.
My background was originally in accounting and finance (who the hell was I kidding?!) but after four dreadfully long years, I switched career tracks. Even back in the mid-90s, it was a gamble — there weren’t many women in the IT field, and even fewer held executive roles. But I was out to change all that. Luckily, I worked for a lot of diverse companies (Magellan Behavioral Health, Verizon, Duty Free Americas, just to name a few) although back then I didn’t give a shit. I was looking for a paycheck and a career track to help support my then-growing family.
Thankfully, with age comes wisdom and I soon realized I was really good at what I did. So I took continuing education courses for network administration, and passed the MCSE exam (not that it’s relevant to me anymore.)
I worked in IT back when no one really knew what IT was or what the hell we did all day — other than being an expense bucket on the P&L (see, some of that accounting stuff paid off ;-). During the course of my IT career, I was laid off six or seven times (honestly I lost count.)
[Let’s face it — IT is a thankless job. When everything is smooth-sailing, you don’t hear a peep from anyone. But when the T1’s would go down — yes, it was that long ago — all hell broke loose and the execs (who didn’t know how to turn on a computer let alone know how to run the department) were on the war path to blame someone.]
Over the years, I handled the website maintenance for whichever company I was working for at the time, and this helped my creative side flourish; I loved tapping into the creative side of my noggin, because it gave me a much-needed break from the tactical, every day stuff.
But I learned a lot, and gathered enough experience that after the last layoff in 2008, I started my own business. I thought to myself, ‘it’s now or never - sink or swim, buttercup.’
So, yes, I’m like that butterfly, but I created my own destiny. I refused to keep plugging away, working for anyone other than myself. Some might call that stubborn. I call it perseverance. If I had to sum it up, I’d say:
I’m living proof you don’t need a degree in your field of expertise (I’m sure many will argue the degree aspect, but whatever) Fuck it — if I can succeed at starting my own business, so can you.
When I’m not busy on client projects, or taking the dogs out, I love to sit on the beach, or travel with my hubby, Mr. Wonderful. The images you see throughout this website I’ve taken among our many trips together.
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