I was born in Bulgaria, Europe. I started programming in 2011. I immigrated to the United States and married my husband in 2016. Since 2018, I have been focusing solely on web accessibility.
I was introduced to programming while playing Go online. A lot of the players I met were programmers working from home. I learned coding from YouTube, books, and websites while working 14 hour days as a nanny housekeeper. I spent every single free minute I had studying programming.
I have always loved learning, but studying programming and then becoming a programmer without any formal education motivated me to keep learning. I think everyone should constantly try to learn and educate themselves all the time. It can be incredibly difficult, but extremely rewarding.
Once I learned enough programming, I started freelancing and working from home. I met my husband at a history forum and we got married in 2016. After a brief period of working for a marketing agency in Arkansas, I continued freelancing, until I started to contract exclusively as a Web Accessibility Remediation Engineer for various corporations.
In 2020 I started using a cane to walk - I got encephalitis, which means your brain is inflamed. I got tremors, pain and dizziness. None of this prevented me from working, but it gave me an even deeper understanding and appreciation for accessibility.
Before 2020, me and my husband loved attending board game conferences and playing with friends. We were always looking to find more board games to play. Nowadays, the board games are stashed, waiting for the time they can be played again.
I have a lot of hobbies and they take turns being in the “spotlight”. I love Go / Baduk because it helped me become a programmer, but I also like makeup, gaming, crafting, and karaoke. Right now I am very passionate about languages. I love talking to people and languages allow me to communicate to as many folks as possible. Languages are also safe to practice over the Internet. I am currently studying Spanish. I became a US citizen in 2021 so I figured if I am going to stick in the US, I might as well learn the second most popular language here. My native language is Bulgarian, I learned English by playing a lot of computer games growing up, and I can understand spoken Russian. I can read Dutch and I am focused on learning Spanish fluently. If you speak Spanish, please send me a message!