Not your average twenty-four year old, I love making time to obsess over pixels, record a podcast or help others. A designer by trade, in mid 2015 I realised I had a choice. I could either continue to be an internet consumer, or a creator. Which kind did I want to be? One that consumed content or one that gave back to the community, works hard to help others and shares her knowledge and learnings along the way?
Today I split my time between my day job, side projects, client work, writing and speaking. Whether it's working on a cover feature for a magazine or speaking to a crowd of Designers in Denmark, I believe in living a creatively fulfilled life through making time for doing what I love.
Oh and it's not all work no play. The New Zealand lakes and forests were my backyard, so I always make time away from the screen – which usually involves hiking up mountains.
Writing for me has been somewhat therapeutic. It's a way for me to reflect on past experiences, learn from mistakes and also help others. In the past I never would've thought I'd be actively putting aside time for writing. The thought of writing used to put me off so much, I actually dropped out of English class in high school!
Since I began writing I've connected and met some of the most inspiring people. My goal with writing is not to only write about the things I've figured out in life – in fact, I don't have anything figured out. I'm still learning a bucket load along the way, and writing helps remind me of that. Instead, my writing is a collection of successes, failures, musings and advice, in the hopes that it will help at least one other person.
Around the internet
"Pride, Work and the necessity of Side Projects" – Interview on Design Feast
"6am Side Projects" – Being Freelance podcast
"20 Top new tools for freelancers" – Cover story contributor to issue #284 of Net Magazine
"How to define your blogging niche" – Blog post on We Blog Design
Contributor to issue #283 of Net Magazine
Guest on episode #84 of the podcast Less Than or Equal
"How A Freelance Designer Uses An Onboarding Process To Land Clients" – Blog post on The Nu School
Guest edited issue #46 of The Modern Desk
Guest on episode #10 of the podcast This Makes Me Happy
"Make a high fidelity prototype in Atomic" – Tutorial on Creative Bloq
Speaking & teaching
Over the last year I've had the privilege of speaking at a few events and hosting a handful of workshops about prototyping. It's so rewarding to be able to contribute and give back to the community in this way.
I'm always on the look out for interesting and inspiring events to participate in. If you have an event coming up, please drop me a line.
November 3 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Speaker at Hackers & Founders Amsterdam
October 8th 2016 – Berlin, Germany
Prototyping workshop at Lean Prototyping Meetup
September 9th 2016 – London, England
Prototyping workshop at Lend Invest
September 5th 2016 – Brighton, England
Speaker at Reasons To
July 29th 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Prototyping workshop at Pr.co
April 29th 2016 – Odense, Denmark
Keynote speaker at One Day Out