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October 26, 2016

Social Media is awesome and we are living in a time where the world has never been so small and we are more connected than ever. I really feel as though social media allows you to find your tribe. I’ve connected and met with so many amazing people through platforms like instagram and Holy is no exception. Although we have still not met IRL (I am sure that day will come) We’ve had a few different calls and chats and are collaborating on cool things like this blog post. Holy or codegirlcode has been learning how to program for the last year and inspiring others to do the same. It’s been amazing to watch her journey and I’m clearly not the only one who thinks so (she now has 11K followers on Instagram). I’m so excited that I get to share her story with you today! She’s working on some pretty awesome projects that she will be launching soon. Read our interview below.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I’m h – short for holy. A french-canadian gal now living in the peach state, Atlanta. I’m all for girl power in tech, and an advocate for #neverstoplearning. With a year strong in programming, I have proven that learning how to code is as doable as eating a large pizza in less than 30 minutes, maybe! In my spare time, you can find me hosting the nearest Code & Coffee with Girl Develop It Atlanta, serving as a TA, helping others write their first line of code, and now on my way to publishing my first print magazine, UNTOUCHD. Oh, and coffee, tons of it!

2. What are some of the awesome projects you are currently working on?

I am currently putting together a magazine named “UNTOUCHD” – As a woman in tech, helping bridge the gender gap in tech has effortlessly become my drive. I want us women, to feel comfortable in a tech environment (yup, with all the men), and never to belittle ourselves. The stats are here, and it’s a caving issue. I am hoping that UNTOUCHD can help fix that problem by providing the exposure one may need. In addition to that, I am building an online platform that will help those looking to dive into tech + its many layers. The site will have a variety of tutorials curated by professionals here to help pave you to the right way. I’ll be sharing more of it with you all, soon! 😉 Yay, #startuplife!!

3. What inspires you?

Simple – my parents! good ol’ mum + dad! Everyday! They are the reason I am pushing myself this far. I can’t wait to yell “Look mum, I made it!” Haha!

4. What is your personal mantra or mission statement?

Thank God everyday, drink good coffee, learn something new, smile, and always keep humble.

5. What does happiness mean to you?

Happiness means having the breath of life. I am thankful every morning to have been granted another day. It is the simple things after all, right?

6. What are your hobbies?

That’s a tricky one, i’d say visiting different pizza parlours. After coffee comes pizza, hehe! But, I love traveling, and it is certainly a hobby of mine I hope to make it full-time soon. I try to grant myself one-two #daycation every other month. So far I’ve been in the US, which is nice to have been able to do. There are many places on my list here that I would like to visit before I go abroad. Before the year ends, I am hoping to make it to NYC (again – can’t get enough), Arizona, Texas, and Philadelphia. Oh, and comics, I love reading comic books and all things sci-fi + Star Wars.. Really, I’m a nerd, but let’s keep that for another seesh! 😀

7. What are a few things you do every single day to keep yourself on track?

Coffee, all day, everyday! It’s normal, right?! Haha!

8. If you could give advice to someone looking to get into your field what would it be and why?

Just do it, start now – if this is something YOU want to do! I took a leap of faith at programming one year ago, and I don’t regret it one bit today. The community is amazing, very helpful, and cheerful (instagram is a good place to meet other developers, believe it or not). Find a source, and language that works for you, study it, learn it until you feel comfortable, and build. There are tons of resources, and meet-ups to attend that are tech based. You’re not too old, or too young to start. I am twenty-eight today, and that hasn’t stopped me from learning something new, and coding my first syntax! 🙂 ps. Before you dive yourself into a coding bootcamp or CS major (they are different), dig into free tutorials, and give it a week’s trial – attend a meet-up and see if the shoe fits. The beauty of the technology world is that there are many other layers to get into – do your research! No one likes to waste time! 🙂

9. What has been your most rewarding experience so far? Work or personal

Honestly, seeing my progress. From where I am today, to where I was a year ago. A lot has changed, a lot has passed, but those experiences have helped build the person I am today. I am still learning, and pushing those goals. Whomever said it was easy, lied, nothing comes easy. It is all about how much you want it.

10. What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your life thus far? What did you learn? Are you thankful for what it taught you?

Learning how to code + starting this magazine! 😉 Letting go of anything/anyone negative. I am learning to trust myself more, I’ve spent some time doubting myself, and what I am capable of (it happens). It’s a learning process, but i’m getting there – we all have our insecurities, eh? It taught me to give myself more credit + recognize that I do know what I’m talking about after all, ha! And for that I am thankful.

To connect with Holy and stay up to date with her new projects follow her on instagram – @codegirlcode