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

02 March, 2021

The reason caring for babies and toddlers can be so maddening

3 min read
If one more person tells me I need to time block, I'm gonna scream.
27 February, 2021

That family holiday is worth the work

1 min read
We’ve just got back from a 4 day stay at Sea World Resort (Australia). The amount of planning, effort and money required to do a holiday with a toddler and a baby is so immense I often wonder pre-holiday if going on a trip is even worth it.
21 February, 2021

The Tech setup for this blog - Ghost + Gatsby

1 min read
The best way to procrastinate on writing for your new blog is to deliberate over choosing the tech stack for your new blog.
17 February, 2021

Simple is hard

2 min read
My word for the year in 2021 is self. Self is a loaded word because people can take it to mean “self-absorbed” or “selfish”, so I first hesitated to choose it.
11 February, 2021

To be whole is the goal

1 min read
In Nat Eliason’s post “Be Yourself, Not a Niche" he encourages us to blog about whatever we are interested in, instead of fitting a specific niche.
08 February, 2021

Strategies for dealing with a catnapping baby (that don’t involve sleep training): Mindset and resetting expectations

2 min read
My firstborn spent months in the first year of their life only taking 30 minute naps, while attached to me. After trying every strategy and suggestion to get them to sleep longer or alone, and driving myself to the brink of insanity in doing so, I knew that something had to change.
08 February, 2021

Mantras for when the baby won’t nap alone

1 min read
My productivity doesn’t determine my worth.
03 February, 2021

How I implement Atomic Habits

2 min read
I first read Atomic Habits by James Clear in December 2012. I thought it was a good book and had helpful advice. Still, I didn’t really implement it because I wasn’t convinced that little daily habits would really amount to anything impressive.
25 January, 2021

TIL: Resulting

1 min read
Today I was listening to an episode of the Productivityist Podcast, an interview with Annie Duke. Annie talked about a mental model/cognitive bias where people think the result of a decision is an indicator of that decision’s quality.
19 January, 2021

Don't ask me, I'm a guesser

2 min read
Back in the days when I was making CodePens rather than making CodePen, speaking at conferences and building a Twitter following, I would get many emails from strangers asking me for things.
14 January, 2021

5 years at CodePen: a reflection

7 min read
I have been working for CodePen for 5 years, a long time for a millennial developer to stay in the same job. I thought I would take a minute to reflect on my time with the company.
12 January, 2021

Thoughts on Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

2 min read
I really enjoyed this book. It was short and to the point. Kleon said what he needed to say and moved on - rare in the personal development/business book genre.

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