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 with a Master’s degree in English and absolutely no idea what I wanted 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 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.
I was born and raised in Southern California, and the desert is my happy place. I thrive in the sunshine, dry heat, and wide open spaces. I'm also in love with Philadelphia, where I lived for a few years during and after grad school. I look forward to falling in love with the next place I live!
I love to travel and explore new places, despite being directionally challenged in the extreme. There's nothing more exciting than immersing myself (respectfully) in a new culture, trying new food at hole-in-the-wall eateries, and having unexpected adventures I'll treasure forever.
I married this wonderful man on April 12th, 2021. We didn't have a wedding because pandemonium things, but he's still stuck with me. He's also an amazing writer with his debut novel coming soon, and you can keep up with his work over at dglewisofficial.com.
Call me the Cozy Queen because I'm all about fairy lights, fuzzy socks, and toasty beverages. A few more of my favorite things: giraffes, narwhals, pasta, taking notes by hand, margaritas, tattoos, word searches, vegetable pakora, hot tubs, and museums where you can touch things.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I plan my costume months in advance, watch Hocus Pocus, devour all the pumpkin things, and take walks through the neighborhood just to appreciate the decorations. Truly it is the most wonderful time of the year!
This is how I decompress: videogames, occasionally accompanied by an adult beverage. My favorites are Destiny 2, Cyberpunk 2077, Horizon Zero Dawn, Dying Light (anything with zombies, really), and the Borderlands series.
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