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What is my M? My M is MAKING CONNECTIONS! It’s not unusual for web developers to be focused on making connections. Web developers make connections all the time: connecting to a new API or getting the front end to talk to the backend of the site. What is unusual for the stereotypical developer is connecting with people.

My focus on creating connections is with other human beings. A website isn’t useful unless it helps humans connect with the information they need, ideally in an experience that doesn’t make them want to tear their hair out. My role as a Digital Producer is to connect with the client and help guide them through the process of understanding their own goals and outcomes for the site, and then build a tool to help them accomplish that. It’s not always an easy process, but it can be incredibly rewarding.

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Photo by Becka Regan of Regan House Photo

How did I get into web development?

I got into web development by accident. I started developing websites at 18 years old, the summer after my senior year of high school in a friend’s garage. I was hooked by the incredible ability to put something online instantaneously and connect with anyone from anywhere across the world.

It was a pretty heady feeling and it was something I could do immediately. I didn’t have to wait for anyone else. I could just write code and put my content online for anyone to see. Not that many people did, but the process and the possibility were intoxicating.

In my senior year at UC Irvine, I got my first domain name and built my first blog on Graymatter, an early content management system. It was an incredible way for me to exercise both my coding and my design chops. Every three months or so I’d redesign the layout and write about what was going on in my life. The blog became a sandbox for me to learn how write, design and code all at the same time.

I worked through a few jobs after college, and eventually ended up at M Agency, where I get to build exciting new websites for great clients supported by an incredible team.

How do I balance being a busy dad while being a web developer?

It can be difficult, without question. However, luckily, I have flexibility to wear both hats whenever needed. One of the main reasons I became a developer was so that I could work from home and take care of my kids.

It’s not something that every parent can do, but I really love being available for my kids. It’s great to be there when they come home from school and having the flexibility to pick them up if needed. Refereeing who gets to choose the next TV show while I’m trying to write code is less than ideal, but they grow up so fast—I want to be able to spend as much time with them as I can. I wouldn’t change things for a million dollars. Okay, maybe a million dollars, but not a penny less!

What are you most excited for in 2018 with M Agency?

There’s so much to look forward to here at M Agency. Ultimately, I’m excited to have the opportunity to build great websites and deepen my relationship with the fantastic marketing team at M.

What is my M? My M is … INFLUENCING! Knowing how to effectively influence others is a powerful tool in our society. In the wrong hands, it can negatively shape the world. As M Agency’s Account Manager, I’m committed to being an authentic and honest influencer—by truly understanding the needs of our clients and engaging with the greater community. Through my M, I’m able to impact an audience that trusts my opinion, as well as help others achieve their goals.

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How did I get into marketing?

I’ve worked in marketing for more than 15 years, supporting several national brands in the fashion and sports apparel industry. Since I was a child, I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I knew that this industry would allow me to work with people and help them tell their story—something I’ve always been passionate about. I believe that regardless of the service, product or brand that you’re selling, marketing is all about the matter of evoking a feeling that provides effective results.

How do I balance being a busy professional, while also being a mother to little ones?

When it comes to managing a work/life balance, schedules are everything! But of course, I couldn’t do it without the support of my husband.

Daytime is dedicated to work—I always try to get as much accomplished as I can and focus on my role as an Account Manager. But when the work day is done, I clock out and begin my second gig: a full-time wife and mother to two boys. Achieving work/life balance means knowing when to turn off and be present in the moment. I treasure the time I get to spend with my family in the evenings and on the weekends. We unwind, connect about our day and enjoy each others company.

How does my M inspire my life outside of work?

Outside of my work at M Agency, I’m a beauty and lifestyle influencer. Throughout the years, I’ve developed an amazing audience within the beauty community on social media and YouTube. When the kids go to bed — that’s when I turn on my camera and get to work! As an influencer, I get to explore my love for makeup, share my favorite brands and products as well as interact with people from around the world.

Ultimately, my goal is to encourage my audience to embrace their unique beauty and live their best life bright! My platform has given me the opportunity to travel, network with incredibly talented people and tap into my creativity.

What am I most excited for in 2018 with M Agency?

In 2018, I’m most excited to continue my growth within M Agency. Within my role, I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to engage in the community, supporting organizations like The Girls Only Prom and Experience Tacoma who are making a positive impact for Tacoma. There’s so much brewing this year that I would love to reveal, but you’ll just have to stay tuned!