Ten-23 isn't just a web development agency; it's a narrative of risk, passion, and self-discovery, founded by Natasha Johnson, a self-taught Software Engineer. The journey unfolded in 2021 when I left a stable career as a Counselor in Corrections to pursue a 'dream deferred' of becoming a Software Engineer. With a year-long timeline and armed with determination, I navigated the realm of coding using free online resources like YouTube tutorials and The Odin Project. To document the learning process, I embarked on the #100DaysOfCode challenge, sharing insights on Twitter. You can witness the inception of this journey in my Day 1 video below:
In a mere six months, I translated newfound skills into action, crafting my first freelance website for Visions of Hope Psychological Services. The journey didn't stop there; continuous learning propelled me into my first role as a Software Engineer at Township. An art lover and hobbyist painter, this love for creativity seamlessly aligns with my role, fostering a fondness for front-end web development. In the quest for mastery, I continually explore new tools and techniques, dedicating my spare time to enhancing my craft that I can pass on to clients.
The name Ten-23 holds profound meaning – a tribute to my late grandmother, a steadfast pillar of support throughout my journey. Despite her passing just months before landing my first role, her spirit lives on in the agency's name, symbolizing her October 23rd birthday.