Updated 23 April 2024

Caregiving

My husband Mark had a stroke in November 2021. We’ve got a new normal flow. His cognitive capabilities have rebounded. Physically, we still have some challenges. We’ve been through hell and back with insurance. I’m hoping our next year will be a bit better.

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 the best place for us as a family right now. But after speaking at WCPHX in March 2023, I kind of miss everything Arizona in a big way. And I’m missing Mount Shasta even more than that. Hey, interest rates. Can we have a conversation?

Speaking

I gave a presentation at WooSesh in October 2023 about building landing pages. I also emceed Kadence Amplify in October 2023. My presentation about hackers targeting small business websites for GreenGeeks is available.

I spoke at WordCamp Phoenix in February 2024, providing a survival guide for getting the most out of work.

I spoke at WordCamp Phoenix on March 24, 2023, about the brokenness of passwords and how passkeys will save us. You can read my write-up of WCPHX.

I presented at Page Builder Summit in June 2022 about dynamic templating in WordPress using Kadence. If you’re new to Kadence, my 2023 Page Builder Summit presentation gives you a great overview of what Kadence is all about and how building sites with WordPress is changing.

Podcasting

I am taking a break from podcast contribution for the time being.

Working

In October 2023, I left my position as Director of Marketing at KadenceWP. I still firmly believe in Ben Ritner and the Kadence team. I am still a member of the Kadence community and will support what the team is doing. You can watch me chat with Ben and Hannah in episode 35 of The Kadence Beat recorded in April 2024. You should totally subscribe to their TikTok account and watch what Saylor is doing there.

I’m currently creating content for Motivation Code, an assessment that helps you understand what motivates you so you can make better decisions about what fulfills you.

Creating

I am writing more than I ever have, some of it for personal pleasure, some of it for public consumption, and some of it for a longer-term project. I am constantly reminded that my content is never as good as I think. Editing takes more time than ever and I’m still unhappy with my output. It’s definitely a thanK you aIMee type of experience, but I’ll get over it eventually. What doesn’t kill you gives you hypertension, amirite.

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?

I post videos on YouTube on my own channel for security-oriented topics and on the work channel for leadership and personal development topics. You should subscribe to both.

I also publish a weekly (mostly) newsletter focused on security content.

Parenting

In only two more years, the teenager becomes a bonafide adult and gets to make her own choices outside of my home. Wish us all luck.

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

Listening

My daughter turned me into a Swiftie. I don’t know what is happening to me, but I like it.

You can creep on my Spotify profile if you feel like you must but you will find things unexpected there. I know I do.

My son has turned me on to The National. Knowing that Aaron Dessner helped to create some of my favorite Swiftie music helped quite a bit. We went to see their last US concert on this tour in November 2023. It was amazing and so much fun.

Lifting

In the last year, I’ve really focused on my own health. I started lifting weights regularly and a regimen of active supplementation. I am feeling healthier than I have in years and I no longer own clothing that is too small for me.

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 14 years. It is my meditation and my solace.