Nadia Tokerud (Norway)

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Nadia is a communicator, designer, derby referee, and all-round geek, trying her best to live by the mantra “do something that scares you every day.” So far, it works!

My Self-Improvement Technique is Bug-Fixing

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A couple of years ago, I was in a horrible rut. Trying to cope with my job, boyfriend, family, and friends was just about killing me, and I hit “the wall” at what felt like 100 km/h. I ended up in a psychologist’s office with a couple of diagnoses and a part-time sick leave in my hand, and a stern voice telling me to start thinking about my needs. 

I didn’t know how to fix my life, so I decided to learn from some people who did know how to fix things: software developers.

In bug-fixing, you isolate problems and address them one at a time. So that’s what I did with my life. I found one thing at a time that was making me miserable and fixed it, no matter how scary. I quit my job, started doing roller derby, broke up with my boyfriend of six years, and loads more scary stuff.

Every step of the way I’ve been terrified of what’s next, but you know what? After all those changes, I feel lighter than ever before. I feel happy. In this talk, I’ll help you learn to use bug-fixing techniques to understand your vulnerabilities and find the courage to use this information to improve your life.

Who’s behind this?

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Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
@lucidplot
David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
@salon16
Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
@RhiannanW
Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
@howells
Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
@sara_ann_marie