Posts by Maria Keenan

Maria Keenan

She'll Be Right: An Australian Event Round-Up

Remember when American TV shows used to make reference to going straight through to China when a character is digging?

Or maybe just this specific Simpsons scene?

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Either way, when I was growing up (in Ireland) I thought China was across the whole bottom of the world, because I thought that it was this giant landmass that you reached no matter where you were in the northern hemisphere when you dug a straight line down.

Turns out I was wrong. Before explaining the slight problem of the Earth's molten core, my Dad told 6 year-old me that we'd hit Australia.

Celebrated as a country where you're forced to wear gym shorts on Christmas day because of the heat, where the glory of Fosters beer came to be, and a place nothing like its depiction in Home and Away, the world's always been fascinated with the land down under.

To showcase some of the entertainment the country has to offer beyond Bondi beach, and calling flip flops "thongs", please enjoy 3 of our wonderful, Aussie customers:

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Maria Keenan

How Successful Do You Have to Be Before Imposter Syndrome Goes Away?

I'm scared of you.

I'm scared that there's a conversation going on about how my writing is purposeless, and that what I'm saying has been said 1000 times over by 1000 people 1000 times smarter than me.

But I still write.

I stare the ghost in the face every day, and it's the only way I can get it to stop. Because there's no one talking about me being fake, or untalented, or any other manner of degrading bullshit.

But it doesn't completely get rid of the feeling that there maybe just might be.

I asked people who I know are successful to tell me what they know about coping with feeling like an imposter because talking to clever people is the bones of how we become cleverer ourselves.

And here's what they said:

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Maria Keenan

Breaking into Coding from a Non-Traditional Background

The notion of the “traditional” career path is dead. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that my beginnings were as a telemarketer. But, even before that, while working as a cashier, I once tried to charge an elderly woman for 184 turnips of which she only wanted one.

And I’m not alone in that. At least not in metaphor.

Chloe Condon (pictured below) is a “Developer Evangelist” and assures me that doesn’t mean she’s in a cult. She shared with me how she went from re-writing and performing the lyrics to a Frozen song, to being a programmer for Sentry. In other words, how she got into the tech industry with no experience.

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Maria Keenan

The Gift of Giving - An Event Round Up

Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. - Maya Angelou

My family sees the festive season as a time to do whatever small amount of work we can for others. Mum knits those tiny hats you see on Innocent smoothie bottles (the proceeds of which go towards aiding the elderly in the winter), my sister sells books for women's shelters, and I collect food for families in need.

With that in mind (and heart) on the 1st of December, I wanted to share some of the customers we work with at Tito. Each of these groups helps communities and under-represented people by uplifting them to a point where they can represent themselves on a greater scale for the greater good:

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