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Discussion on: It's perfectly fine to only code at work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Jenn Bergstrom

I tend to be very up and down with what I do in my off-work time. I have a family, so of course spending time with my husband and kids is very important. That tends to take up most of my weekends. I also enjoy creating art, primarily portraits, and do occasional commissioned work there. And I spend time playing my instruments - piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice - and getting out into the beautiful wilderness that surrounds me here in Denver. That said, I am also constantly studying for one certification or another, or learning a new technology, or whatever, while not at work. I do this partly because it is fun, and partly because it helps my career. I just finished studying for a CompTIA certification (and passed the exam last week), and am now studying for what will be my 9th active AWS certification. I am also learning CloudFoundry and a few other technologies as time allows and have a DeepLens at home that I am very much looking forward to playing with. Do I spend much time contributing to open source? Nope. Pretty much none.

All that to say, do what makes you happy, what helps you to be your best self. And don't worry about what other people think based on the lines of code you've contributed to open source, websites you've created, certifications you've achieved, or whatever. Yes, you need to be good at your job, but skills show themselves in many ways beyond just how much time you spend coding and how many lines you write.