Alex Pori - Software Engineer & Designer
I’m a freelance software engineer and designer. In my spare time, I organize community events to bring professionals together on a more personal level. I’ve hopped all around the world, living about 2 years in Australia and visiting every continent with the exception of Africa and Antarctica; I’ll get to those last two in soon!
How do you define Feminism?
Feminism is the simple idea that women should have the same rights as men. Never let the loudmouths convince you otherwise.
How would you improve the world in one small way?
A quiet nature trail in every neighborhood. Emphasis on “quiet,” we are constantly bombarded by noise in this modern life.
Where in Central Florida do you go to think/relax/enjoy?
The homegrown coffee shops! I spend a lot of time at Drunken Monkey, Downtown Credo, Vespr, and many, many more. I work remotely from home so I often go to these places to focus but also to connect with people. It’s become such a habit that I started a community called Orlando Jelly. We gather every Friday at a different location and it’s been a lot of fun to organize.
Side Note: If you ever see a flamboyantly dressed woman with a crazy head of hair, that’s probably me. Come say hi!
Where do you get your best ideas?
Spending time chatting with people.
I really like to figure out what people need and devise solutions based around that.
What is your most formative book?
Psychopath Free: Recovering from Emotionally Abusive Relationships With Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other Toxic People by Jackson McKenzie
Two years after a relationship with a narcissist, I still find I am recovering from the abuse; this book has really helped validate my feelings by letting me know that I am a person who matters. It's a difficult read for certain, but my hope is that by spreading the awareness of this book that it will help someone else going through a similar situation.
What do you wake up for each morning?
I have actually been pondering this for quite sometime. I have woken up a lot of mornings feeling disappointed that I did so at all. I have whispered to myself “Damn it. I’m still alive.” My mind has rides on a stream of consciousness trying to discover why it is that I continue on. Most of the time, I conclude, despairingly, that I am trapped in this harsh world of ours and I have no choice in my meager existence. But every once in a while, I am reminded why I keep my head above water: community.
I have gone through extraordinary traumatic events in recent years. However, in the darkest moments, I have found that I am held up by the wonderful friends and family I have gathered in my life. I live each day looking forward to every little moment I can spend with my loved ones. In time, my life significantly improved by the connections I have made and rediscovered. Now, everyday I choose to wake up is another day where I get to mold my own lovely little world.
Fun Facts about Alex!
Can't Live Without:
Makeup, dresses, and the wonderful people in my life.
I’m software engineer, so there is a pretty technical project I’ve been working on and plan on releasing soon. But I’m not going to bore your readers with that.
My passion project is Orlando Jelly. It’s a chill cafe gathering for people who work from home and just want a little social contact at the end of the work week. It’s probably my proudest achievement.
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