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I don't know about you, but this last week was exhausting. I caught myself thinking more than once that it was Friday, only to discover that it was (still) Monday. Unfortunately, it wasn't just me struggling with this -- I heard from many of you that it was a similarly intense week.

From simply getting back into the swing of things to re-orgs and changes in management, there have been enough changes to make anyone want to hide until things seem easier. Luckily, this week also saw a lot of encouragement from the greater community, both in Slack and on Twitter.

There are interesting things in store as we embark on 2019, including calls for more community-based social networks and recognition that we as DevRel professionals aren't simply individual contributors, but that we're CEOs in training. It's no wonder that our energies are low already!

As we start this new week, my personal goal is balance. As I said a few weeks ago, I have three things to focus on in January: Rest. Organize. Prepare. and in order to keep those moving forward, there's a balance that has to be struck. That might mean resetting expectations, figuring out new routines, or (very occasionally) committing to working longer hours for the time being.

But my hope with this balance is that it will make 2019 a more sustainable year. It might not be as exciting or seem as accomplished from the outside, but if I can achieve sustainability, both personally and professionally, that will be the accomplishment that matters far more than any other.

Here's to resetting expectations, being gracious to ourselves as well as others, and maintaining a balance of rest, organization, and preparation. πŸ₯‚

Best,
-Mary (@mary_grace)

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