Hi 👋🏼 I'm Rach. I'm a developer building software for CodePen, wife, mother of two, productivity nerd and recovering screen addict. This is my blog.

12 October, 2021

Loving right now: Optimize.me

books  productivity
1 min read
I have read a lot of non-fiction books in the self-help/personal development genre. You have to get through many average books and writers to uncover the gems.
05 October, 2021

Code-first to product-first

3 min read
Recently I discovered this article on Zach Lloyd's website in which he describes two kinds of programmers:
27 September, 2021

My parenting/mothering podcast recommendations

podcasts  mothering
3 min read
A good friend will have twins soon! She asked me for my parenting podcast recommendations. I decided to share the list here as well. 
20 September, 2021

What happens when you listen to yourself?

2 min read
What happens when you listen to yourself? When there isn't any external input happening to my brain via reading, watching or listening to other external inputs. I have a permanently running internal monologue.
13 September, 2021

Touch the keys

1 min read
Earlier in the year I shared the 5 minute timer hack for getting started on a task when activation energy is holding me back. Sometimes, the thought of spending even 5 minutes on something is too overwhelming. When I’m in this place, I find Kourosh Dini’s advice to “touch the keys” really helpful.
09 September, 2021

Loving right now: the Tutorials and CodePens of George Francis

1 min read
George makes seriously high quality, very easy to follow tutorial style posts. My favourites: Crafting Organic Patterns With Voronoi Tessellations and Build a Smooth, Animated Blob Using SVG + JavaScript. He also has a whole bunch cool Pens with a modern visual style.
07 September, 2021

Full-stack? T-Shaped? Comb-Shaped? Developer or Engineer?

work  development
2 min read
Whenever I come across a form field that asks for my occupation or profession, I hesitate before answering.
31 August, 2021

How I keep up with the latest Front-End Development news, without scrolling my life away

1 min read
There are very few things I missed when I quit spending time on Twitter, but one of them was keeping up with the latest news and links from the JavaScript/Front-End world. 
27 August, 2021

Screen time

wellbeing  productivity
2 min read
I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid. I was an early riser, and would wake up before anyone else in my family, head in to the living room and switch on the TV.
25 August, 2021

Loving right now: This Figma template for creating Database ERDs

1 min read
I figured in 2021 there would be some cool, nice looking software that would make it quick and easy for me to put an ERD together. I was wrong.
11 August, 2021

We confuse visibility with competency

work  development  productivity
2 min read
Perhaps there is a bit of a remote hiring boom at the moment, but I have noticed a massive uptick in the amount of solicitations from people wanting to "have a conversation" about hiring me in 2021. Almost always, people find their way to my inbox because they remember me from Twitter.
08 August, 2021

I'm 35 - reflections, plans and wishes

2 min read
I turned 35 on Wednesday. For whatever reason, half-decade birthdays have always felt like a significant milestone to me.

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