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Ashlee M Boyer

You can find me talking about issues surrounding Disability, Accessibility, & Mental Health on Twitter, or you can find me regularly live-knitting or live-coding on Twitch. I'm @AshleeMBoyer on all the platforms I use.

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Speaking My Truth: I Did Not Leave for Personal Reasons

I spent weeks deliberating whether or not I would write a public statement about what happened to me at my previous company. Then I spent days deliberating what exactly I would write. The time leading up to publishing this post was agonizing as ...

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How to Come out of Burnout

To be completely honest: I have no idea what the answer is here. I don't think there's just one correct answer. Burnout is so unique to every individual, which become more obvious to me after I asked my followers about how they cope with ...

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How I Keep Coding When I'm Low on Spoons

A few days ago, I came across a tweet thread by my e-friend, @TheCodePixi. She's working on making #SpooniesWhoCode a thing, so make sure you join in if you're a spoonie who codes! Looking to connect with more #SpooniesWhoCode! Or maybe ...

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How I Get Things Done When I'm Feeling Overwhelmed

Fiona Thomas, author of Depression in a Digital Age, has a free ebook called How to Get Stuff Done with Depression. In it, I found advice that helped me in my worst times. A little over a year ago, I was still on campus at Rose and was so depressed and ...

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I Know You're Tired

Life is really hard sometimes. We're all going through something. You're not alone. What you're doing is hard work. It's taking up a lot of your energy. You don't feel valued for all of your efforts. It's not fair, ...

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Yes, You Should Have Hobbies Outside of Code

I came across an excellent tweet last night by Twitter user Amycruz: To be a good developer you don’t have to spend 99% of your time writing, reading about coding. Do other activities. it helps to be more creative and to enrich your knowledge.What ...

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A Haiku About Pausing

Still feeling under the weather, but I mustered up the brain energy to write this little haiku: “I’m not really sure If it is against the rules Blog challenge is paused” Hopefully I’ll be back at it again tomorrow with some more exciting content, ...

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Sometimes You Have no Choice but to Pause

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it forever: your health is more important than anything else. Take care of your body. Feed it good things. Rest it when it hurts. You’re not a bad person if you need a break or to step back from something. Sacrifice ...

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What You Can Learn from Your Dog about Mindfulness

Since I've lived in apartments for the entire 3 years I've had my dog, Trooper, Zach and I have always had to walk him with a leash. Our current apartment has a nice bark park, which helps him get some energy out, but for the most part, he's ...

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Don't be Afraid to Admit Your Weaknesses

Do you know what it means when you can admit your weaknesses? It means you've probably recognized the following: You are less afraid to be wrong You aren't perfect You have things to work on You are working on the things Other people ...

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Let People Have Emotions

Work (hopefully) doesn't consume our entire lives. Every single one of us comes from a different background and we're also all in very different stages. Despite this obvious fact, there's still a ridiculous stigma against people ...

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I Wrote Zero Lines of Code Today

Sometimes, you need a day. When you have a job in tech, the amount of available knowledge to us can both incredible and staggering. We fear to look unintelligent to our peers and colleagues, so feel obligated to learn everything we can. The desire ...

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Don't Forget to Take Breaks

Do you want to know what I most often forget to do when I'm working really hard? I forget to eat. That's a funny thought at first. Like, how do you forget something so vital to your existence? (I have zero ideas, so please tell me if you know ...

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Neither You nor Your Work Has to be Perfect

Let's face it: nothing you make will ever be absolutely perfect. Some people may not like the final product. Maybe you could remove a paragraph or two from your blog post or reword a few sentences. Your code could probably be refactored in ...

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It's OK to Be Scared

Originally written in late February 2019 The unknown is absolutely terrifying, probably because we can't control what we don't know. But have you ever taken the time to think about how it feels to have all the information you need about ...

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