I've been learning various programming languages for a long time. When I was fourteen I wanted to build a website about killer whales. So I did. Using geocities, funky chicken, and dissecting source code. It was entirely HTML until CSS became a thing. Then I learned CSS.
Jump ahead a few several (++) years:
I studied graphic design in college. Making my way through the levels of Designer, Art Director, and Marketing Manager.
I've completed a ton of programming courses through freecodecamp.com, codeacademy.com, CS50 HarvardX, and others. I've read books. Followed tutorials. Etc. But in the end, it never mounts to anything if you don't then build something.
Working full-time as a Marketing Manager and trying to code on the side, while do-able, wasn't sustainable. So I quit.
Leaving behind stability, matching 401K, a salary, a department I built from the ground up, award-winning campaigns, and all that buttoned-up adult stuff. And I could not be more excited.
I needed fresh air. New challenges. Higher mountains to climb.
And so it begins.