Thank you for this!
I'm also trying to make the switch and it all feels so daunting (especially attending meetups alone, as a shy introvert). These are great reminders that I should have pasted around my home :)
Congratulations on making the move. It's not easy so be kind to yourself and appreciate how far you've come already.
I agree that going to Meetups alone can be daunting. I found that sending the organiser a message in advance letting them know I was new and would appreciate any help with introductions was useful. That way they are looking out for you in advance and, I have found, are more than happy to help.
What a great idea, thank you!
My favorite quote for Donald Glover is "If you're not afraid, you're not doing anything important." I gave up being a developer to become an EMT after my best friend died of an overdose and it was a pretty frightening journey, especially for someone who has severe anxiety. I ended up not being cut out to be an EMT, but I'll never have to wonder "what if?" because I chased after my dream at the time. No matter what happens, enjoy the ride!
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