Turn Your User Group or Event to a Non Profit or 501(c)(3)

on Saturday, 15 October 2016.

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.

9 Easy Steps to Prepare for International Travel

on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Posted in Travel Blog

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'm Moving On... It's Time for Change!

on Thursday, 03 March 2016.

Everyone gets to that point in life when they feel it’s 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!

My Open Letter to OSM President of Joomla

on Friday, 30 October 2015.

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.

I Made a Mistake at Work, Here's What Happened

on Monday, 08 June 2015.

Lessons learned from team values, respect, and empowerment

I Made a Mistake at Work, Here's What Happened

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.

My Letter to the Joomla! Community

on Saturday, 16 May 2015.

Joomla! is undergoing one of the biggest changes in history. This is my letter to you all.

My Letter to the Joomla! Community



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 believe Joomla! has a great future ahead of us and I believe in all of the people involved. We will make history of the most successful project that has gone through thick and thin, pulled out of the dark, and became a bright light of sunshine.

So Your Talk Wasn't Selected???

on Friday, 10 April 2015. Posted in Personal

Did you submit a talk abstract to a conference and didn't get selected to speak?

So Your Talk Wasn't Selected???


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...

How To split name field into first and last name in MySQL

on Thursday, 26 February 2015. Posted in Tutorials

Also including different query's based on your case scenario!

How To split name field into first and last name in MySQL

Are you moving data with a first and last name stuck in the same field and need to separate it into 2 columns?

In this tutorial, I will show you how to separate your column of data into 2 columns. Provided is a test database table so you can run the query and test it out.

Note: ALWAYS backup your database before working on a live production server.

So You Want To Be A Joomla! Template Developer?

on Wednesday, 11 February 2015.

Your guide to a few resources from around the web.

So You Want To Be A Joomla! Template Developer?

So you want to be a Joomla! template developer, huh? Well, there's several great tutorials on the web, but I'd like to gather a few here that seem easy to understand and follow along to.

In the last few days several students asked about where to find resources, it prompted me to promising them to put together a list of resources. I decided to create it as a blog post and share it with everyone. :-)

Do you have a tutorial you'd like to add to this list? Any comments or suggestions? I wouldn't mind growing this list. =) If you're a student, please let me know which tutorial you found most helpful, or if you were able to find an easier tutorial from the web to follow along to.



Why Contribute to Open Source Projects?

on Wednesday, 03 December 2014.

Why Contribute to Open Source Projects?

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. :-)