Beautiful green sequoia trees
Beautiful green sequoia trees
Celebrating at Sequoia

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. — Randy Pausch

Aquarius season baby! I know I know, it’s been over a week since I turned 31, but I wanted to share my gratitude as I finish reflecting.

Gratitude For the People in My Life

I am so grateful for you all. For my family, fiancé, friends, and this life.
Thank you so much for your kind and motivating messages. The joy that I share is the joy that I receive from the people around me. My energy and motivation comes from you. Thank you so much for…

Me standing in front of the ice museum in Alaska.
Me standing in front of the ice museum in Alaska.
Celebrating in Alaska

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail” -Robert H. Schulle

Its 2020, the beginning of a new decade and I also turned 30! I have been reflecting on my life so far and want to share my gratitude and thoughts.


I want to thank this universe, my family, friends, and boyfriend for always believing in me. For lifting me up, for cheering me on and for loving me through the ups and downs. …

What a journey ❤

“If you really believe in what you’re doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.” — Laurie Notaro

I am sharing my journey on how I learned the ins and outs of software development and how I finally landed my first Software Engineer role — so that others on a similar path will stay motivated to continue their journey. I hope to empower others to never give up on their hopes and dreams.

My progress was slow and steady because I was also improving other parts of my life that have…

A blazingly fast cheetah

If you are thinking of building a static site with React and want it to perform as fast as a cheetah, you should consider using GatsbyJS. I decided to try it out and was amazed with how easy it was to setup, deploy, and how fast the site loads now. Gatsby uses the best parts of other front end tools to make the development experience feel like you’re on vacation.

Photo by Kamil Szybalski on Unsplash

The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finishing line.” -Paula Abdul

2017 is done and there is so much to look back on! Nope, I have not yet landed my first software developer role, but I have grown so much and accomplished so many things that I am even more excited and prepared for the day I finally get it.

If you are also on your way to becoming a professional software developer, remember that we all have our own paths, obligations, and obstacles. Remember that you are not alone. …

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

— Ryunosuke Satoro

Last month I set out my intention to start contributing to open source. And thanks to the annual Hacktoberfest challenge, I submitted 5 pull requests. I also found a really cool project that I am still actively contributing to.

I wrote this post to share my journey of how I found beginner friendly open source projects. I was nervous to share this on social media, but it actually gave me motivation to look for ways to begin.

At first, contributing to open source can be very intimidating…

“Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever.” -People of Tomorrow

Over 200 countries representing the world at Tomorrowland

Who would have thought that my second time at Tomorrowland would be even more memorable! For me, Tomorrowland is so much more than a music festival. It is a way of showing the world that we can be united and that love is stronger than anything else.

My Tomorrowland experiences and memories are my motivation to be a kinder person every day.

What is Amicorum Spectaculum?

Tomorrowland is one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world. …

“By going beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain inner strength, self confidence, courage, and a greater sense of calm.” — Dalai Lama

“A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation or being together. As long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends never part.”

Some friends are meant to be temporary. Some are meant to last a lifetime. It doesn’t matter the frequency of time spent together, but that you genuinely want the best for them. I have friends that I’ve known for years. I have new friends from all over the world that I recently met in which I might not ever get to see again. But the energy and love they provided makes it feel like I have known…

Yesterday’s run helped me realize that I haven’t been the emphatic person that I am striving to be. Everyone around me has been going through so many difficulties and usually I listen and find positivity in the situation. But recently I’ve been going through family issues and internal obstacles myself that it’s been tough to manage everything that is going on around me. I got upset and cried because I realized that I wanted more positivity in my life. That I wasn’t really getting it from the people around me. But then I asked myself. What have I been giving…

Maribel Duran

Software Developer living in the Bay Area. Spending my time Running | Hiking | Coding. Here to share inspiration :)

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