A whole new chapter begins with HackerYou

I haven’t climbed mountains — not yet anyways. I wasn’t a magical ephiphany either. It’s just that there was something in my heart that I needed to fill. Really, I’m just a regular girl. I’ve always loved to travel and have been to many interesting places around the world. I grew up in Toronto and still work and live here. Over the past 10 years I have been working as a marketer for a number of agencies and corporate companies. Implementing strategy, putting together plans, managing budgets, you know, all that fun stuff.

During the hours when I’m not working, I devote most of my time to a non-for-profit that I founded, 100 Smiles Project. 100 Smiles Project is a non-for-profit organization that helps orphanages and responds to real need in impoverished coastal communities. This project is my baby, my passion and what I live for. If only I had this much passion for my current job. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy marketing and the work that I do, but there is just something about helping others and making a difference in the world that truly fulfills me. Is it possible to do something you love and never work a day in your life? Is it possible to live out your dreams? How do I do this? Well let me tell you, it’s possible!

About 6 months ago, my younger sister Sylvia did an Immersive Bootcamp front-end-web development course at HackerYou. At the time, she had a job offer and an acceptance into this program. Choosing this program was the best thing she had ever done for herself. I learned more about the program through her, what she was learning, different skills she was gaining, saw all the projects she was working on and what really caught my attention, the flexible job opportunities (contract, freelance and remote jobs) It also peaked my interest as I have always dabbled in web development here and there and have worked with many front-end-developers on projects at work.

I wanted to make a change in my life, take charge of it and steer it into the direction that I wanted it to go. What was holding me back? Job security, a decent salary, and comfort. These are not good reasons to hold me back, so a few months ago I decided to take life into my own hands, applied for the course, got accepted to HackerYou and here I am today going into my 2nd week of an intensive 9 week course. I’m looking to work a job that I enjoy, while also providing me with the flexibility so that I can run my own non-for-profit from Central America or from home. I’ve decided that once I start working freelance or contract jobs, 50% of my salary will be going towards 100 Smiles Project.

I love children. I love surfing. I love giving (okay, I guess I love coding too!). And so I thought, what if I just do what I love. Because you know, they say that if you do what you love — you’ll never work a day in your life.