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Updated February 4, 2021.

Hi there! I’m Marisa — a 24-year-old, multi-passionate, female technologist. I’m on a mission to make the world a better place, as cheesy as that sounds.

I’m that person that loves Mondays and that girl who tries to sneak smiles out of others — absolutely an…


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2021 is my year of new things. I’m challenging myself to embark on new experiences, even when I don’t want to.

With that being said, I had a moment this month to do a new thing that scared me, and don’t laugh — this new thing was holding a chicken…

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When I started in the tech industry, I thought the senior developer role meant you were old. But, I’ve learned that seniority is not solely reserved for those with dozens of years of experience.

I was recently promoted to senior developer. I’m 24.

Though I’ve coded since the age of…

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Life is fragile, beautiful, and breathtaking.

Little things happen every day that we take for granted — intricacies of human interactions and habits. People do the unimaginable, think about impossible possibilities, and make every day a little interesting.

While humans are all unique, there are some things humans do that…

I’ve read all the self-improvement books, from “Untamed” to “Year of Yes” to “Indistractable.”

I love the optimism, encouragement, and tangible tips. But, I haven’t actually taken these tips to heart. I read, highlight on my Kindle, and think “wow, I should do that!”

But, do I do it?


Through my podcast, I’ve spoken to countless technologists and people hoping to get into tech. Again and again, I hear the same advice over and over. I also hear why people are scared to pursue it—mainly due to some misconceptions and stereotypes.

Before we discuss how to join the tech…


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Time moves fast.

Do you ever think back to the month prior and think, “I did nothing last month?” That’s how I felt when I started writing this article. Then, I realized August was actually filled with quite a few new things.

In 2021, I’m writing a monthly series about…

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People walked down the mountain with frosted tips in their hair. All I could think was: what have I gotten myself into?

If you’re not familiar, a fourteener is a mountain over 14,000 feet in elevation. For some reason, humans decided it’s a good idea to hike them.

I am…

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Hey you,

Yes, you! This is your reminder that you are worth it.

You are deserving of every good opportunity that comes your way. And those bad things that inevitably happen? They will pass — you will get through it.

Those plates you’re balancing? The stress pounding at your door?

It will all work out with some time. You’re doing…

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We live in a society that celebrates Fridays and dreads Mondays. Leaving the weekend and starting work ignites the attitude of “hanging in there.” But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can celebrate Mondays, too.

Growing up, my dad dropped me off at school in the mornings. This…

Marisa Hoenig

Female technologist, podcaster, & pun lover. On a mission to make the world a better place, one smile at a time. marisahoenig.com

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