I began teaching myself HTML and paintshop at the age of 11, and I never stopped learning.
I've been a computer techy all my life.
I was a customer in subscription box circles for years; A part of member fan groups, and caught up in the "subscription box addiction." From this, I was very familiar with all of the questions and concerns from the customer perspective, as well as the subscription model.
That'll take me way back.
At the age of 11, I was big into a gaming site called Neopets. And one thing you could do with it was host your own virtual shop front. It allowed you to customize it with themes, by utilizing HTML.
As a child, I began to teach myself how to replace images in themes, edit the sizes and text boxes, and eventually began using paintshop pro to put together my own designs. I then hosted the HTML on my own website, and embed them so that others could use these templates as well. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
OVER THE COMING YEARS, I FELL IN LOVE WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND EDITING. ESPECIALLY RESTORATIONS.
But this love applied to most all things Photoshop related, and this ended up also playing a huge role in my business life in the years to come.
I went on to build websites for small businesses, manage website updates, launch and manage their social media presence, handle a company's 1-800 website support line, photograph products, use photoshop to create stock images, and create magazine adverts.
Technical work has always felt more my style. When you find something you love doing, it keeps you engaged.
I knew when I was younger that I loved doing this, but I never could have dreamed that I'd utilize the very skills I learned around 11-13 years old from Neopets in order to save a company website when a <div> code tag was broken.
As the CEOs were panicking, phone in hand to call in an expert repair technician, I was able to say "Hey, I fixed it. The homepage is up and running."
It still blows my mind that Neopets birthed my love for many of these things, and that it allowed me to not only provide that day-to-day work (photoshop) but also save a company website 15 years later.
It's such a silly story.
I love it.
I learned to
follow my PASSION
and what I do best.
I, like many others, didn't know virtual assistance existed.
But I came to know and learn an entirely new form of providing business support that benefits everyone.
And after finding where to specialize, for the first time in my life, I can say I absolutely love what I do, my work has become my passion, and it provides a level of fulfillment I've never experienced before.