I’ve been confirmed as a presenter at my first WordCamp. WordCamp Chicago takes place April 28-29 at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W Adams Street. If you’re in the city that weekend, level up in the WordPress Open Source Project as I begin my speaking journey on Saturday, April 28 at 3pm.

Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Here’s my introduction:

Five years ago while walking through the break room at WordCamp Los Angeles, Organizer Alex Vasquez handed him a microphone and asked him to talk about himself and his connection to WordPress. Afterward, Alex stated, “You should do a WordCamp speech someday.” That someday is today as Joe Simpson presents 90 Days to Live: Finding Your Place in the WordPress Community.

After years of general fatigue and tests, I discovered two blocked arteries. During the next three months (including a leave of absence from work), I set out to restore my physical, spiritual and emotional well being. This speech details a 3-month journey of rediscovery the things that nourish and nurture each of these three areas — a thirst for learning, unearthing my dormant creativity and all things WordPress — 4 WordCamps, 20 WordPress Meetups and Events and charity. From Castaic to Palmdale to Riverside and all ports of call in-between learn what makes good clubs while finding a network of common minds and colorful characters and gain inspiration to start the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup, over 8,000 miles later.

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