print(“Hello 🙂 I’m Bexa!”)
Heya, it’s sweet of you to want to get to know more about me ^_^.
When I was about 8, I got morbidly addicted to…Neopets (a virtual pet game website) 😂 and in order to pimp out my pet page, I had to learn basic HTML/CSS and so I started learning how to build websites, discovered WordPress blogging and I guess that’s where blogging all began.
This is me & my puppy, Tofu:
I made my first (very ugly) website when I was 10 on Angelfire. I used to post song lyrics I had typed manually from stop-start-rewinding my Sony walkman; I had tapes of Shania Twain, Madonna, Elton John…you name it 😅
I got my first domain at 13, Vintagefairy.com (I don’t own it anymore), and started learning how to code in HTML & CSS and illustrate using vectors in photoshop. Then I started to design and develop my own WordPress themes.
Here’s one of my old blogs from when I was 14 (Yes I used to like emo boys 😂)
I started joining website forums and since then online communities became my support and where I found friendship and learnt new skills. I met lots of people all over the world with the same interests and it nourished my interest in design.
I grew up on council estates (social housing) as an only child to a single mother who was always away working trying to support us. So I was often babysat or left home alone. I struggled with mental health for most of my upbringing but blogging really helped me overcome that by writing about my days, my friends and things that I loved. It gave me a platform for my very small voice, an outlet , a hobby and skills to build on. That’s why I still love it!
As a lonely child at home the internet became a place I found refuge as I could do whatever I wanted and I felt like I belonged. I was connected to so many awesome people and there was so much I could learn and do. I was never bored!
I was always into Web Design. Since I was 13 I’ve run/owned/built/designed and managed websites, ran my own eCommerce store, a banner exchange program for bloggers and forums in the noughties. Because of this, I was both into Graphic Design and Website Management. Growing up, I enjoyed programming but didn’t think I was smart enough to study computer science so I decided to go down the route of becoming a Designer, which I was better at and which I am now grateful for.
My lifelong dream has always been to become a programmer but because I never got to do it I still thought about programming very often for as long as I remember. Here’s a very sad and awkward forum post with bad spelling that I found from when I was 14 😂:
I’ve had a wonderful and fun career as a Digital Designer for the past 8 years designing for a wide range of industries: from beauty, footwear, to gaming and adTech.
I’ve worked in start-ups, for small businesses and also large well-known corps and experienced so many different work environments. I’ve honestly enjoyed every second of my career. I value all the lessons and skills I’ve learnt and stayed in contact with all the amazing people I’ve met.
I’ve been so lucky to have a career in something that I love.
I’m scared to have a MASSIVE ambition and not succeed14-year-old me
When I read that quote from an old forum post I found last year. I cried.
So, in 2020 I quit my design career and decided to go back to school to study a Masters in Computer Science. I finally decided to take the dive to learn more, work towards a more technical field and finally try something I’ve always wanted to do. There’s some unfinished business to do. 🏁
I love learning new skills because it gives me more tools to build ideas to life. I still love tinkering on my websites (as you can see) and I love sharing information… but I’m not the same lonely child anymore; I’ve grown up and lived a fun-filled life with so many vibrant experiences which I want to share in this blog.
My goal is for everyone to dream as BIG as their dreams can hold and gain the confidence to work towards those dreams. I believe if you work hard enough you will get to where you need to be… it may not be exactly what you dream about but the journey will take you to new places that you never thought possible.
Life is just for living, making mistakes and sharing with the world your unique gift which is you, your mind and your journey. Blogging helped me find my way and I hope it helps others too. It’s totally cringing to write this but it’s true.
I hope that 14-year-old me would have been proud of 30-year-old-me and I hope that you enjoy reading my blogs as much as I enjoy writing them.
Read My Latest Blogs
- All My Grades from the Computer Science Masters Degree @ University of York
- [Review] Online MSc Computer Science University of York – Individual Research Project (IRP) [Last Module]
- [Review] Online MSc Computer Science University of York – Research Project Proposal [Module 10]
- [Review] Online MSc Computer Science University of York – Computer and Mobile Networks [Module 9]
- My Career Change Journey from Visual Designer to Data Engineer @ PlayStation
- [Review] Online MSc Computer Science University of York – Computer Architecture & Operating Systems [Module 8]