My Blog

You can read about my personal stuff, my Cisco Blog, my Open Source thoughts, my Travel Blog, my Medium blog, and my Book Reviews!
Keynote - Leading an Open Source Organization In this presentation, I share my experience and thoughts on what does it mean to lead an open source organization at the PHP World Conference 2015
Keynote - State of the Joomla Project I go over the current state of the Joomla! Content Management System open s...
Read on July 14th, 2017 This book is geared towards a woman who wants to become an entrepreneur and doesn't really know how to get started with their mindset. It is the story of Sophia who went from rags to riches from building a company from the ground up while being very financially responsible, even with millions of dollars in the bank. Focus on...
People often wonder why so many people are starting to get involved in open source projects, in the community, and contributing many hours of their time to open source projects. In this blog post, I want to explain it in my own perspective. :-) What is Open Source? Open Source is something that can be modified and distributed freely and designed to...
Joomla! is undergoing one of the biggest changes in history. This is my letter to you all. Joomla! is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary this year. Woohoo! It has survived this long because of all the contributors who are so passionate about Joomla! and who believe so much in the CMS and the future of it. This is the reason why I am still here. I...
 In response to the public outcry of a pending contractual agreement Putting myself in your shoes, I do understand that you are meaning no harm and trying to do what you think is best for the community. You are trying to find a solution that will help our project's budget and taking this partnership opportunity to make that happen. Dear Sarah ...
Everyone gets to that point in life when they feel it is time for change, right? When you are in a position in your career, and you feel like you belong to something in a much larger scale. I then began my search at enterprise level companies! December 2015: The self-paced web application development program I was teaching full-time was coming near...
Go through airport security and overcome jet lag in record time! As a citizen of the US, I travel frequently domestically and internationally. I have had so many people ask me how I travel so quick and efficient through airports. I thought it would be time to share my travel tips in 9 easy steps for a week long trip! I usually show up to the airpor...
Don't get stuck paying taxes! Follow these easy steps to receiving your status! There are many benefits with having your organization becoming a non-profit. But once you're non-profit, why not go all the way and become a 501(c)(3)? This process is for Washington State and may differ per State in the US. Non-Profit Status First, understand the benef...
Introduction My intentions of creating a personal website is to showcase my work and who I am as a person. I'd like to be more globally recognized as a professional speaker and receive more Keynote opportunities. What do I do? Currently, I am a representative for Cisco Systems (Cisco DevNet) and travel around the world as a Developer Advocate/Evang...
Lessons learned from team values, respect, and empowerment It happens. Everything is going fine at work, and then BAM, you find out that you made a mistake with work that affects your team. What happens next should be a lesson for all other teams to learn from. Earlier today I was told that a mistake was made in a significant document (that CANNOT ...
Did you submit a talk abstract to a conference and didn't get selected to speak? You've spent all this time working on your talk abstract and presentation outline and felt so proud and confident that there is no doubt your talk will be selected for that conference... BUT THEN that rejection email showed up in your inbox. What... the...  It's O...

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