Hi! My name is Christie but some of my friends and family call me Chris. I was born and raised in West Virginia, and I am a Plant-Based Nerd. 😉 I have worked in the tech industry for 20 years. In the late 1990s, I was living in an RV on the beach and working as a maid when I started teaching myself how to code. Two years later, I landed my first gig as a Logistics Analyst working for a Government Contractor on database-driven ColdFusion applications for the Navy, Marines, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I am passionate about development and design so when my passions turned towards the plant-based diet to help cope with a severe back injury and Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis, I knew I wanted to create this site to help others who were suffering. I am still (forever and always) learning, so we can learn new things together!
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In 2020, I quit my job in Corporate America sporadically with no other job or benefits lined up – I was terrified! Now in 2022, I am a remote programmer and entrepreneur. You can find my business pages here: Athena Blue, LLC, Wild and Wanderin’, Apocalypse Gaming, LLC, and of course Plant-Based Nerd.
I have also been writing for Hill Tree Roastery, a single-source, West Virginia-based small-batch coffee roaster, and started a travel blog, Wild and Wanderin’, which due to COVID and staying at home more, hasn’t received much of my attention. I’m hoping to change that in 2022 and 2023.
In addition to working as a programmer and developer for over 20 years, I have volunteered with WV public schools, the Department of Defense Education Activity for the Hour of Code 2020 and 2021, and the Center for Independent Living Orlando learning how to implement Section 508 standards of web design for users with disabilities.
I hope that you find some inspiration, try new things, and tell me all of your secrets 😉 in this little journey through the plant-based lifestyle. Remember it’s okay to not label yourself and have grace with yourself on your cheat days. It’s a lifestyle change and not a punishment. 🙂