And this is my family. What's your name?
I'm from Pasco Washington
Please say "hi". I'd love to learn from you and hear your story.
I'm Chris. I'm a senior software engineer at a web agency I founded: Sol Company. Here is a little about me and what I do for work and how that relates to my priorities.
I do web development for work. This involves a lot of things, like writing code on both backend frameworks, like Laravel, or doing front-end development with Vue. I also get the opportunity to work with a great team of other engineers, designers and writers (contractors) that together help create beautiful sites for our customers.
I love my work. For me, doing things with incredible skill and care is something I've aspired to since I was just out of High School. A lot of this came from my heritage passed down from my grandparents, to my parents, to my siblings and also to me.
I was raised on a family farm north of a small town called Pasco in Washington state. Growing up, I started helping rake hay on the farm in the summer times to make any money I had for spending. Watching my parents and siblings had a huge impact on me in my work ethic, and has helped me in my career now as a software engineer.
This list is not exhaustive, but below are the three key priorities of my life that are non negotiable.
Jesus. He's transformed my life, and saved me from the guilt that I rightly deserve for the wrong things I have done. He is the life that gives us breath every day. He has mercies for us every morning. To deny Him, would be to deny life itself, and I cannot do that. I love Him.
Areli, my beautiful wife. She is my Queen. I love her and everything she is, is wonderful. I live to support her in her dreams, honor her with my choices, and love her as Christ loves his bride, the Church.
As of writing, we have two children. Noah James is 3 and Evelin Grace is almost 1. Loving and leading them as they become instruments for the glorious kingdom, which is God's family, is my greatest joy. My work supports me and helps me do that in a way they can see. I must provide for them as God has called me as he has all fathers.
This is a little bit about me. There are so many things I learn on a daily basis, and God updates my priorities and callings daily. Today, as I write this, these are the things that stick out to me that those I work with should know. I don't foresee those priorities changing, but my relationship to work will continue to. God will continue to make me into the type of person He wants me to be, and for that I am grateful.
I believe that people should not be discriminated against for being who they believe themselves to be, or even the past things they've done that they regret and have changed.
This is why I am open about my faith in the Creator of the Universe. This may offend some, but that is not my intention.
My intention is to be transparent about who I am as a person, so that I can be part of a culture where people are open and honest about their beliefs, and willing to accept others that believe differently than them.
I'm growing in this way, but I feel strongly that one of the best ways I can contribute to this culture is by being transparent myself.
When I'm at work, my goal is to work to the Glory of God. In order to do this, I don't make my workplace a setting where I try to force or coerce others to believe the way I do.
My goal is to do every job I have with skill and care. I only bring up my faith in a setting where I can share in a way that allows me to be raw and open about who I am as a person.
Every day at work, you will find me working my utmost to serve my employer or client to the absolute best of my ability. Every single day I get the opportunity to honor God, not with words only but with the actions I take in serving my co-workers and clients in the best way I'm able.
In fact, I take medication daily for depression and anxiety, and preserving my mental well being is a key part of the decisions I make regarding work. If I am healthy and happy, I can do so much more and preserving this state is crucial to my above priorities.
This felony (charge) is a stain on my past and a reminder to me of a time of grief, but thankfully, because of this charge, I've been able to get consistent counseling monthly, I've found the medical providers that are able to help me with my struggles with mental health, and I've found much more empathy for people that are struggling in more than one way. I can say now, well over a year after the charge letter came in the mail, that I am truly grateful for this part of my past.
At this point, being that I recently stepped down from a great company, my goal is to wait a bit. I'm not sure what God has in store for us, but I am excited for the future. I have my Bachelors degree in Software Development to finish, some work projects at Soltech I've been dying to get to, and two beautiful kids to spend time with. I'm so grateful that we are so well taken care of.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and get to know who I am a little. I would love to learn more about you! Could you send me a letter via my contact form? I read every message sent, and I respond to most of them!
Have a super day.
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This website has over 32,000 plant species and over 350,000 records showing which nurseries grow each of these species.
Some of the features of the website include reviews, user posts, comments, favoriting, and more.
The data on the website is pretty messy, so I built a custom administrative area where I can update plant and nursery listings a lot faster using Vue, and an API I built in Laravel.View more details
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In July, I was accepted to a Software Development program at Western Governors University. I was pumped, and I wanted to share with others how I fell into Software Development.
I wanted to share my journey on a timeline, so people could see how I really didn't plan to be a Software Engineer, and maybe help other people on their journeys.
While I was planning this project out, I realized I should build a website where anyone could share their journeys, which led me to build MyJourney, a place where people can share journeys on a timeline.View more details
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I learned so much over the past year and thankfully was accepted into a therapeutic court, which has allowed me to get counseling on a regular basis for the challenges I’ve faced as a child and since, as well as helped me stay consistent in my mental health medication. It also has ensured that this charge is on for dismissal and will officially be dismissed sometime in August or September of 2022.
For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust. Psalm 103:14 This morning, my heart is filled with regret as I look back at certain moments in my life. Certain moments that I cringe thinking about...
Recently, (last week) I lost a job. I sent an email on Wednesday explaining I would like to move to contract. When I joined the company, one of the options I was given was working as a contractor, or salaried employee.
I do web development for work. This involves a lot of things, like writing code on both backend frameworks, like Laravel, or doing front-end development with Vue. I also get the opportunity to work with a great team of other engineers, designers and writers that together help create beautiful sites for our customers.
Trying to do my part in making the world a better place.
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