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Hey DevRel fam. How're you all doing? Apologies for the lack of newsletters lately. I suppose I don't need to offer any sort of explanation along the lines of "things have been chaotic" or "it's been hard to concentrate some days" as I suspect based on conversations that I've had with some of you, we're all feeling some level of stress on a minute-by-minute basis.

I came across a graphic by Liz and Mollie, authors of No Hard Feelings the other day that described this weird juxtaposition of emotions really well. They described a "normal" day of work when the Tetris blocks fall just perfectly and fitting one more task into your day isn't a big deal, but also showed a day when you're impacted by anxiety and somehow all of the Tetris blocks pile up on top of each other, only taking up 1 or 2 slots of the bottom row, yet reaching the very top of the window within 5 or 6 turns. I feel like both of these scenarios apply for me right now, yet I'm never really sure when I wake up which type of day I'm going to have. So some days are incredibly productive and I walk away feeling amazing and other days I take a 2-hour mid-morning nap and wake up feeling even more exhausted than I was.

I guess I'm saying this just to let you know that if you're feeling this way as well, you're not alone. Even in these times of isolation and quarantine, we're all in this together and we'll get through it together, one way or another.

In the meantime, hopefully the resources I've found will help you get through the next time you're feeling like you just don't know how to make sense of the work that you're doing, or prove the value that you're providing, or take care of yourself while also maintaining those important relationships with community members.

I'm not going to promise that this newsletter will be back to a weekly occurrence anytime soon, but I'll do my best to keep up with what's happening and provide you with the best resources possible. Hang in there, and as always, let me know if there's ever anything I can do to help. Hope to see you all sooner rather than later, even if it's just on the interwebs. ❤️

Mary (@mary_grace)
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