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

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

motheringwellbeingproductivity
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.

Mantras for when the baby won’t nap alone

motheringwellbeing
1 min read
My productivity doesn’t determine my worth.

How I implement Atomic Habits

productivitybooks
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.

TIL: Resulting

developmentworkproductivity
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.

Don't ask me, I'm a guesser

development
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.

5 years at CodePen: a reflection

workdevelopment
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.

Thoughts on Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon

books
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.

1 year ago, I gave up Twitter

wellbeingproductivity
1 min read
I don’t need to publish another lengthy essay about quitting social media, the internet has enough of those. In bullet points:

2020 - Shadow and Light

wellbeingworkmothering
3 min read
I can’t review 2020 without first acknowledging the immense amount of privilege I have benefitted from, in this year that has been challenging for so many.

Lessons I learnt with my first baby that I'm bringing to my second

motheringproductivity
3 min read
I am experiencing the postpartum/newborn experience for the second time. Things feel different this time around.

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