We are PiXL3.

It's never a perfect time to leave Apple, but after 7 years, I chose 2015.

Sep 30, 2015

Update: August 2017

I never, ever thought I'd get this far, let alone understand code. It's still a struggle to manage everything and bring up our two kids at the same time, but I'm confident in my ability to learn. I'm still learning every single day but I'm finally comfortable with HTML, CSS and Javascript, which is a great foundation to have. 

I know there are plenty of people in the same position I was in a few years ago. People who know little or nothing about coding and have similar challenges as mine in their own life. My advice, if you wanted to learn to code, would be simple:

  • Find any little time you have
  • Make a plan and set goals
  • Surround yourself with positive people you can learn from
  • Ask for support from your family / partner
  • Learn the really hard stuff 👩🏽‍💻- it will get easier, I promise 💪🏽
  • Say yes to challenging projects (you'll figure it out)

All of the above got me to where I am today - but the ultimate takeaway from this post would be: Believe In Yourself. Doing that will get your much further!

Good luck. ❤️

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Original post: September 2015:

This is it, I’m going do it! I’m launching my own web design company.

I’ve just left my job at Apple Retail after seven and a half years — I was a Genius Admin in a very busy Apple Store in London. I worked with some of the most hard working people I have ever met. Really, the team at Apple Brent Cross — you guys rock so much and I'll miss you loads! x

Wherever you work inside Apple, you’re surrounded by great design. You learn about perfection and about getting things done and I feel grateful for this experience. I will never forget the positive impact it has had on my life.

I worked at Apple for 7 years but I’ve been thinking about working for myself for a while now so, for the last year, I’ve been learning about design tools like Sketch, HTML, CSS and a lot about Responsive Design. I really struggled with this and it took forever to understand even the basics but I’m better now — I’m at the start of an exciting journey. I’m nervous, scared, but really, I’m hopeful for the future.

My husband and I had our sons while I was working at Apple. It’s been challenging balancing work and home life but Apple have been really great at supporting me every step of the way. My boys are 3 and 5 years old — an exciting time for them as well for me.

I’m also recruiting the help of the super-talented Hiten Jotangia and my husband, Rupen Valand (also somewhat talented!). Every single thing I’ve learned so far in my life is going to help me move this forward. I am 100% committed to the hard work, late nights, working around our son's and everything in between. We already have some great clients (with more to come) and we’ll be writing, tweeting about our work as much as we can.

It’s time for my career to take off in unbelievable ways. And what better way than this!

Hello from PiXL3!

Kajal.

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