Sorry, I meant to get this email out on Monday but things have been crazy. Wassup with you?
Ugh, this past week was kind of a mess for me. It started great, but I think this change of seasons is messing with me. But I wasn't focused AT ALL. 😭
One thing that SERIOUSLY got me through the past few days has been this new podcast I found by Sam Laura Brown (who is really awesome and reminds me a lot of myself!) called The Perfectionism Project. If you struggle to start things, and finish them... you probably need this podcast as well.
In your coding life, this might look like avoiding projects because they look too difficult. Or dropping a project because it seems way too complex.
What your brain's doing there is convincing you—with absolutely no evidence to support it—that there are more steps and more time and energy involved in the process than there probably actually is.
I recognize at this point in my life that perfectionism is a huge issue in my life. Not just coding... every part
I'm feeling more and more like it's one of the root causes of all my issues—anxiety, depression, and desire to isolate. Maybe you can identify with that, cuz this stuff can get really isolating.
I think a lot of us tend to misuse "perfectionism" when we're commenting on our desire for greatness. Real perfectionism isn't like that, and I'm really internalizing that at last. Bruh... real perfectionism will ruin your life.
I don't start things because I'm afraid I can't do them perfectly, which means I'm inviting criticism and fear. Which I have absolutely no time for. 😭 I just need to get things done!
And once I start? I don't know where to stop. That sexy course I'm making, Newbie Coder Problem Solving (see below!)? I probably could have had it done in a couple of weeks.
This podcast is helping me understand that perfectionists—on top of doing the most—will always take the maximum amount of time allowed to complete a task. And it wrecks us!
Ok, that might have been a little more intense than I intended hahaha but I hope you learn something from the podcast. You should definitely subscribe and check it out! If it speaks to you too, feel free to hit me back via email and we can chat about it. :)
Before I let you go onto the resources, a couple of quick announcements!
1. My newest course, Newbie Coder Problem Solving School is almost ready for release!
I wanted to make a video-based online course to help brand new coders build the problem solving skills they need to tackle coding problems and algorithmic challenges with greater ease and less stress.
As such, Newbie Coder Problem Solving School was born!!
I'm having a BLAST working on it, and I know it's going to be a massive boon to the industry by supporting new coders with strong fundamental problem solving skills. :)
2. The La Vie en Code Podcast is BACK!!
After over a YEAR LONG hiatus while I chased some new rabbits, the La Vie en Code Podcast returned this past Tuesday, September 17th with new episodes every Tuesday at 7 AM EST!
This week's episode is on BUILD TOOLS!
I'm so happy to get back to podcasting—oddly enough, apart from being busy, I kind of just got detached from the experience. But I've learned so much and have so much to share with you! 🥰
Don't miss the new episodes—SUBSCRIBE NOW! There are lots of older episodes to catch up on, too!
So, I sucked it up, got my shit together, and recorded a YT episode on my new channel, High Functioning! (it's a play on words bwahahaha)
This little series is called Second-Hand Therapy, and I talk about all kinds of really important stuff on Wednesdays after my weekly therapy session!
In just 35 mins, I talked about anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar 2 Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger's), perfectionism, and attaching our sense of self-worth to financial earning capabilities. Whew.
If you enjoy the episode, please leave a comment and let me know! Some folks have already been dropping comments saying how helpful and insightful it was. 🥰 Then, share with someone else who needs to see it. :)
Alrighty friend, onto this week's hand-picked resources!
Peace, love, and code,
P.S. Follow me on Twitter @lavie_encode! :)
💻 dev goodies
📝 A few really helpful and supportive freeCodeCamp forum posts (go sign up even if you don't use FCC!):
- Thinking about quitting
- 34 years old, studied 7 months, got a front-end React job
- How do I know when it's time to call it quits?
📝 How I became a web developer and why you may want to become one too (by Robert Uivarosi)
📝 How to improve your data structures, algorithms, and problem-solving skills (by Fabian Terh)
📝 How to Break Into Tech From a Non-Traditional Background (by Julian Canlas)
Psssst... you're awesome! ✨