Thoughts on ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and Vulnerability

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The rumors are true. Imposter Syndrome is real, and as I enter the fifth week of Software Engineering Bootcamp with Flatiron School, I find myself wading in the depths of it. This course is challenging me in ways I hadn’t imagined. My headspace is full to the brim. I question if I am capable. I question if I belong. I question if I have what it takes.

In her book, Rising Strong, Brené Brown teaches us that “ vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over…


A brief introduction into a widely used design element

I was recently asked about my understanding of modals and their use when designing an application. The modal is an element that introduces a secondary mode to a website. It is often compared to a pop-up window; however, a modal requires the user to interact with it’s content before regaining access to the page. We often see modals as log-in or sign-up pages that the user must interact with prior to accessing the website’s content. They can also be used for forms, promotional content, and critical messages.


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Well friends, tomorrow marks our graduation day from Flatiron Bootcamp! It has been a whirlwind to say the least. I remember mere months ago before starting this journey when, to me, ‘coding’ was a lofty theory and a ‘terminal’ was a train station. It’s crazy to think of how far I’ve come. Somehow, I still feel like I need to catch my breath.


A quick walkthrough of how I used parallax scrolling effect while creating my portfolio site

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There is something so simplistic and beautiful about a parallax scrolling effect. I am captivated every time I see one! For those who are unfamiliar, this is a scrolling technique in which the images appear to move at a different rate than the page is scrolling. The images are essentially fixed in one place as the viewer height moves with the scroll. I decided to learn how to apply this technique using HTML and CSS while making my personal portfolio site, and I wanted to…


My New Found Definition of the Cloud

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I’ve spent the majority of my life thinking of clouds as mysterious dreamlike creatures. Morphing from one playful shape to the next. Breezily passing over the sun when the heat is too much to bear. Signaling signs of warnings of storms to come. Opening up the skies and spilling rain just when we need it most. As I write this, I find myself humming Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now…


How Thin Vertical Slices Helped Me Navigate Stress

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Every day of learning in coding bootcamp feels precious. While I once considered myself to be an overachiever, I am now working to be at peace with my learning pace in the Flatiron School program. However, life in the time of Covid can be chaotic, and I’ve realized that I need more than my ‘positive attitude’ to be able to continue to grow and retain information.

A few weeks ago, my husband caught a cold. He was convinced he had Covid, and proceeded to lock himself in our bedroom. As a precaution…

Marnie Robinson

Full Stack Software Developer, Visual Artist, Hospitality Guru & Lover of the Great Outdoors

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