My friends also call me Paw, with some people sending me emails with my name spelt Pawlean, which I find pretty cool.
I’ve been compared to cells’ big ol’ powerhouse before because of energy I credit from the hour I dedicate to myself daily: I take care of my mind, move my body, and write.
I haven’t always been like this. But as with every dramatic story, I had a big wake-up call in 2016. Now, I love training and thinking like a superhero. My world needed saving, so I saved it. 🦸🏻♀️
For the last 16 years, I’ve lived in a small green city in the North of England called Sheffield. I usually tell folks on the road that I live in London or Manchester to avoid explaining where my magical, alpaca-filled home is.
Recently, I’ve been on the transition to becoming a full-time digital nomad. 🎒
Although I call the UK my home, the Philippines will always be my home-home which explains why 90% of my conversations are about missing the sun.
My accent keeps people guessing; I’ve been told I sound Aussie and American. But none of those is correct, and to be honest, I’m still trying to understand what accent I have. 🤪 You can judge for yourself by watching a video or listening to me on a podcast.
Another fun fact is that I have a non-identical twin who describes me as overly dramatic, but I always like to remind her that this helped me get into a movie once.
Being a Multi-Hyphenate
A what now?
The multi-hyphenate, an individual with so many skills they need multiple hyphens to list them, might seem like a revolutionary form of labour agency within a prescriptive job market.– Source
I’m currently working at Gitpod as Head of Community. Read more about taking the leap of faith into my dream role!
Previously, I’ve worked in the technology industry as a DevOps Engineer (2021), Site Reliability Engineer, Digital Engineering Graduate (2020) and Biomedical Sciences student (2018).
I’m a believer that anyone can learn anything with time and determination. I don’t hold a Computer Science degree; my interest in tech sparked as I grew up on the internet, building websites for fun.
Although I enjoy and love what I do in the tech world, I’m continuously avoiding being labelled solely by my job. We’re all more than our fancy job titles!
I’m the daughter of first-generation Filipino migrants, a sister and an explorer. Additionally, I like to dip my feet into creative media, building communities, getting on stage to voice my ideas and stories, powerlifting, and writing.
In other words, I’m a multi-hyphenate…a proud, kick-ass, trail-blazing one.