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Yokim Pillay

This is really great advice, Anna! 😃

If I could add anything, I think it could be to try be kind to yourself, and don't compare yourself to anyone other than your past self, especially if you are in a time of burnout, depression or just feeling horrible about things. Usually it'll just make you feel worse, in my opinion.

I say this because from my experience when things aren't going according to plan (e.g. Having to put a side-project on hold for a while due to some circumstance), I tend to beat myself up and doubt what I do because I see so many other people working their full-time jobs in development, and are involved in open source and are juggling a whole bunch of other things with what looks a smile on their faces.

I'm sure that I'm not alone in feeling this.

Try remember that you're living for yourself, and you shouldn't push yourself in an unhealthy manner because you see others doing what you wish you could.

In my opinion, you can try things out for your Self, to grow your Self, and in the process you will effect change in the areas you desire.