TLDR; You are awesome, thanks and hugs for you all <3
So, yesterday I admittedly got a bit drunk and when I get drunk my mood gets stronger. I got so extremely happy that I hugged everyone I could see, online and offline and I realised what YOU mean to me.
I am relatively new to the “real” PHP community as I went to my first conference in 2011 since this time I have been to many meetups in The Netherlands and I have somehow managed to become a conference addict and been to a fair amount of those too.
Last year twilio sponsored me to go to America and I met awesome people there who I will always hold close to my heart, the experiences that I got there will never disappear and thanks to twilio I am now a better person.
There has been so much drama and complaining about the community, sometimes we forget to think about how strong of a community we really are. How awesome people in it are, and how we care for eachother – Deeply, like a family.
Every month I travel to Amsterdam for AmsterdamPHP; It is admitedly quite a long travel for me but everyone there… Deserve my endless gratitude. It is thanks to AmsterdamPHP and Rafael Dohms that I am now a conference speaker.
Elizabeth Naramore: You are an angel in disguise, when I grow up I want to be like you. You are one of the most amazing people I ever met and a true community friend – And I mean that with all of my heart.
Igor Wiedler: You have helped me grow as a developer more than you realise, just by being there for me and discussing code with me, helping my code confidence raise and I am now excited about Open Source, a lot thanks to you. You are even if you changed your twitter handle – Awesome, by definition.
Davey Shafik: Your support for me and PHPWomen can not go unnoticed. You have over this year become someone that I can lean on, in wet and dry.
Jenny Wong: You are like a ray of sunshine in my life. You have been there and patient with me when I needed a shoulder and a friend.
Erika Heidi: You are one of my biggest inspirations and a role model by large. The things you do for the community and the passion you show is really rubbing of on me, and I think entire AmsterdamPHP. Thank you for being such an awesome friend, developer and community person.
Lineke Kerckhoffs: Without you I would not be who I am today, you are a true friend and community person and an inspiration to us all.
I realise that this post is getting really long, and cheesy… And that I can not thank everyone in person. Most and almost everyone who I talked to in this community have a special place in my heart, it’s just… Thank you <3
This community is one of the best things that ever happened to me. There’s more love than drama. And I am comfortable here. I am proud to be a woman in a community that supports me like you do and I can warmly recommend and welcome new people with open arms.