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.
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