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With World Mental Health Day this week, it's no surprise that there was a flood of tweets and blogposts around taking care of ourselves as we take care of our communities.

My motto for the week was

Give myself grace, but don't accept excuses.

I make that distinction because every once in a while it's easy to confuse the two. One keeps me in the direction of making progress... the other allows me to explain away my lack of motivation.

But as you're taking care of others, don't forget to give yourself grace and take care of yourself, first and foremost. After all, if you aren't taking care of you, how can you expect to have the energy to take care of others as well?

Be considerate. Be passionate. Make an impact. But don't forget to take care of your own needs.

Hang in there, friends. We're doing good, important work! Just remember to save some energy for the most important part: you! Let's keep an awareness of mental health issues and our own limitations front-of-mind every day as we work in and with our communities.

Best,
Mary (@mary_grace)

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I’ve seen a number of conversations lately about how those of us who travel so often work to offset any carbon footprint increased by the number of flights we take per year. Chris Adams asks that question:

For example, I one reason I haven't worked in #devrel, even if I think I'd really enjoy it, is all the flying. I can't square it with how I view climate change, but I understand why #devrel folks end up getting on so many planes. Most of the time tho, the extent of synchronous #devrel activity is stuff like passive ppt webinars, which might work, but also involve ppl tuning out a lot too, the way do with lectures at uni. Who is doing interesting, interactive, low-carbon #devrel style stuff for example? I mean Glitch is ideal for this.

He prompted a fascinating discussion with Glitch CEO Anil Dash about remote conferences and the possibility of doing more DevRel work virtually — take the time to read through the thread and resulting comments when you have a moment!

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