I started as a UX designer as I'm always curious about why and how things are build and work. That curiosity hasn't faded. But I also got interested in how the things I designed got build, and if you take a good look at how the discipline of design evolves, you quickly see that design and development keep growing toward each other. A combination of these and other factors made me jump ship. I came across a great opportunity to get my feet wet in the development world at </salt> and decided to give it a chance.
Right now I'm ready to start this new adventure. My first steps are rebuilding my portfolio. This space used to be a portfolio focused on UX/UI design, but right now I'm transforming it into something new. I start small and easy with blogging about how I find my way in this new career path and plan to build it out into more. Into what I don't know yet, a digital playground, my only archives, it can be anything. Because the best way to keep developing yourself and learn new skills is by playing around and building cool stuff.
I think it is important to have a second passion in addition to my work. I found my passion in cycling. Cycling gives me a sense of freedom and peace of mind. It is a great way to discover your surroundings. It helps me to push my limits, get a breath of fresh air, and gives me inspiration or a way to clear my head at the same time.
As I said, For me, the bike is a great way to discover my surroundings, but it doesn’t end there for me. Living in the always flat Netherlands made me quickly long for the mountains, that's why I try to book a trip to a beautiful mountain area every year. My ultimate trip was a road trip through parts of Southern Europe. I threw my bike in the back of the car and started a wonderful trip where I combined city trips with riding up beautiful mountains in Spain, France and, Italy.