Home Office! 18 Oct 2015

Since moving to a new house I have an proper office for the first time so I’m determined to get it right. I asked on twitter what remote workers would suggest, here are the results: Coffee shops as a nice change of scenery - @jjmu15 A recurring theme is good headphones! A closed door to indicate “do no disturb” - @blakehall Good music - @jbloomfield Good coffee (duh!) - @jbloomfield Comfortable chair - @hussainweb Good lighting - @lewisnyman @hussainweb Good mic - @longwave I have most of these already so it’s just a case of getting it actually set up....

I fucked up 14 Oct 2015

I fucked up and I fucked up badly. A few months ago I went cold turkey on propranolol (against all feedback) and after a few weeks the side effects went away and I was fine. A week ago I decided to stop taking Citalopram cold turkey. This was not a good idea. Currently I’m suffering from withdrawal symptoms, they’re not very nice and they make working and life very difficult. My symptoms include: Hazy head Extreme emotions Quick to anger Tension headaches I’ve learnt my lesson and I’m going back up to 20mg and will sort out tapering off properly....

Finite Energy 13 Oct 2015

I have a finite amount of energy. My energy comes in a few different forms, all important to how I feel on a day to day basis. I find myself applying energy in the wrong place now. Energy that I put in often doesn’t yield the results I expect or frankly deserve. I’ve found myself questioning more of my decisions recently and the outcome of that has been eye opening to me. At the moment I put my energy in to the following things: Work, coding and process. House Family Community The energy I put into all these things is...

A little update 06 Oct 2015

The past three weeks have been crazy. Week 1 - Barcelona Week 2 - Packing house Week 3 - PHPNW Now - Moved in So lets just recap, I keynoted at Barcelona, packed up my flat, spoke at PHPNW and then moved house the day after. I’m shattered, mentally and physically now. I’ve got a few blog posts in draft about both DrupalCon and PHPNW which I’ll put out when I get chance. For the time being I have to tether of my phone and I’m loving snuggling on the couch with Hannah so I’m scaling back my online access...

Keynote Q&A Follow up 25 Sep 2015

One of the questions I was asked as part of my keynote Q&A was what can we as a community do better at the conference. My answer came in two parts: Quiet areas for when we need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the conference. Coordination with the local (or a world wide) mental health organisation and provide them with space on the exhibition floor. I understand that these two things require extra organisation which is already very difficult considering how busy people are at these conferences but I still think it’s a really important thing to...

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