Hello! My name is Gina Domenique, and I’m a Junior DevOps Engineer who transitioned into tech in 2019, on the cusp of my thirties. I spent most of my early life with my nose in a book (quite a lot of books, actually) with the goal of becoming an English professor. It wasn’t until grad school that I realized academia wasn’t for me, and I dropped out of my PhD program. I emerged, blinking, into the sun with a Master’s degree in English and absolutely no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life.
I discovered my love of coding while teaching myself web development to create this very blog. After some time, and with the encouragement of some very important people in my life, I took the leap and enrolled in a full-stack web development boot camp called LEARN Academy. After graduation I got a job as a Tech Support Engineer at a startup. The CTO he asked me what my career goals were, and after some thought, I replied honestly that when I grow up I wanna be this guy. He told me that I had a bright future in DevOps, and I’ve been skipping merrily down that path ever since.
Click or tap the pictures below for a few more fun facts about me.
The desert is my happy place. It's somehow peaceful and exciting at the same time. Nothing helps me clear my head and feel refreshed quite like spending time outside, be it camping, hiking, splashing in a creek, or swimming in the ocean.
I married this wonderful man on April 12th, 2021. We didn't have a wedding for pandemic reasons, but he's officially stuck with me nonetheless. He's an amazing writer with a lot of exciting things in the works, so check out his website and follow @dglewisofficial on Instagram and Twitter.
Photography is my favorite hobby, from shooting portraits of my friends to capturing architecture shots while exploring new cities. I've pretty much mastered the art of the on-the-fly no-look snap. Other hobbies I enjoy are hiking, sewing, and writing all sorts of things - including this blog.
I love exploring new places and getting lost - which is convenient, because I have no sense of direction whatsoever. Whenever I travel I prefer to patronize hole-in-the-wall shops and eateries beloved by locals, and immerse myself (respectfully) in the local lifestyle and culture. Every new place I visit, I never want to leave.
Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. I plan my costume months in advance, I'm obsesed with pumpkin spice everything, and I watch Hocus Pocus every year without fail. I love carving pumpkins and walking around the neighborhood appreciating all the decorations. It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Playing video games (and simultaneously enjoying a glass of wine or beer every now and then) is how I decompress. I like to work my way through games at a leisurely pace, exploring every nook and cranny of content. My favorite games are Destiny 2, Dying Light, Horizon Zero Dawn, Cyberpunk 2077, and the Borderlands series.