Updated 10 October 2022

Caregiving

My husband Mark had a stroke in November 2021, so we’re in the midst of lots of therapy. He’s getting better, but slower than either of us would like.

Living

Now, I am living in northern Texas on the edge of a massive lake next to a forest. Yes, I know I said in 2009 when I left the Austin area that I would not come back to Texas. Life changes. People change. Texas is absolutely positively in all ways the best place for us as a family right now.

Speaking

I presented at Page Builder Summit in June 2022 about dynamic templating in WordPress using Kadence.

I spoke at WordFest Live in March 2022 about overcoming adversity. You can find the replay of that talk here.

I spoke at WooSesh 2021 about sales and marketing.

In the last year, I have found a newfound strength of speaking my truth. It’s amazing when you remove negative narcissists from your world. I’ve removed two, and I’ve never felt better.

Podcasting

I am a frequent speaker on podcasts in the WordPress space. You can find me contributing on WooVisions, a part of Do the Woo, where we talk about the future of eCommerce and how that impacts WooCommerce users and developers. I also participate on WPBuilds This Week in WordPress, and I’m podcasting with my teammates at Kadence on The Kadence Beat.

In late September 2022, I started the WP Motivate podcast with Michelle Frechette. When Michelle, the busiest woman in WordPress, asks if you want to do something, you say yes before she tells you what it is.

Working

It’s really important to work with people who share your core values and with a product that excites you. I am currently leading marketing for the Kadence team at StellarWP. Kadence is one of the most innovative products to hit WordPress in a long time, and I am excited to be a part of it. I also get to participate with the iThemes team to talk about security, so I have the gift of contributing my experiences in security to my WordPress people.

Creating

I am writing more than I ever did before, some of it for personal pleasure, some of it for public consumption, and some of it for a longer term project.

I am building a houseplant collection, and I am enchanted by fiddle leaf figs and calathea plants.

I’m also starting in on a gardener’s paradise in the backyard, though I’ve been warned I am risking feral hog invasions if it gets too good. It’s like free range bacon, isn’t it?

Parenting

I’m a barn mom to a teenager who is too smart for her own good. I love being around horses, who knew.

I seem to have somehow raised a son that doesn’t need me anymore. Does that mean I did it right?

Listening

I recently started listening to country music, well, the new kind of country music. Upbeat, positive, Texas proud. You can tell it’s not summer when I write nice things about Texas.

With Mark unable to go out and do much, we’re listening to a lot of music that he loves. The Who, Amy Winehouse, ZZ Top, The Cars, Rush. Sometimes, I share my own 70s-80s obsessions. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Gerry Rafferty. It was you, woman, right down the line…

When life gets to be a bit much, I dive into Sufjan Stevens to dive even deeper and feel it all.

You can creep on my Spotify profile if you feel like you must.

Being

Still walking every day. Still meditating every day. Being here now. Every day.

I realized recently that I’ve been walking every single morning for over 12 years. It is my meditation and my solace.

Giving Back

I’ve helped organize a number of WordCamps: WordCamp Phoenix twice, WordCamp US once. I also helped organize WordFest March 2022. Right now, I need to take a breather to provide care to the husband as he gets better.

I will be finding a way to help other people ensnared by a medical dystopia hellbent on killing more people than they help. Watch me.