I used to have an irrational fear of saying “no”. I felt responsible for everyone’s feelings, and for making sure no one is upset. Any situation where I had to confront someone and tell them something is not possible, or that I’m not going to help them, would cause me dread and anxiety. Working in […]
“You must go to a lot of festivals, don’t you?” I got asked today again. Now that I work from a coworking office, this happens all the time. Because of my flashy multicolored clothes everyone thinks I’m a crazy old hippie who only likes to party. Now a part of me is indeed a crazy […]
It’s incredible what a few days off social media can do. I’ve only gone without Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for 2.5 weeks, and it already made me happier than I could have imagined. I’m more productive and getting more accomplished each day than I ever did in my life. At the same, I’m much more […]
The paradox of depression is knowing that, objectively speaking, you have no reasons to complain. If you’re reading this, you’re probably among the richest people that ever lived on this planet, and have all your basic needs met like no-one before. When you’re depressed, knowing this doesn’t make you feel any better. It makes you […]
When was the last time you spoke to customer support? Bet you didn’t reach out to them to speak about how awesome they are? Most people, myself included, only contact support if there’s absolutely no other way to get something done. I’d much rather fill ten online forms than call my bank, phone carrier, or […]
Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. Where other people see great work being done, I only see a few flaws that ruin the whole thing in my eyes. Where my team lead sees solid performance, I only see hours of procrastination. Where my friends and family see steady progress, I only see a haunting […]
Whenever I feel confused and overwhelmed, I like to keep things in perspective. And the truth is, this is the best confused and overwhelmed state than I have ever been in. Staying present and sorta-self-compassionate in the middle of an emotional turmoil is the single most healthy response I ever managed to achieve.
It’s been worse. Much worse.
2018 was for me a year of intense growth, but I got to create much less than I consumed. This year, I plan to turn these proportions around by publishing something on my blog every day, no matter how small. If that sounds like something you always wanted to try, feel free to join me and my friends in the challenge.
Imagine you woke up one day, and everyone you met, saw, or interacted with was your very best friend. Not a good friend you’re happy to catch up with over coffee to share some laughs and have fun. No, like the best friend ever, the one that’s genuinely excited to see you, hug you, and […]
A few months ago I took the challenge to teach deep, technical troubleshooting to anyone who’s interested. So far in my team, only the folks with some coding background worked on complex technical stuff. Nobody ever taught us to troubleshoot, we kinda learned it as a side effect of coding, and trying to fix our […]