Put On Your Own Mask First

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Seventy]

As told at Short Stack Conference this morning!

Trigger Warning: This talk contains information about sexual assault and violence which may be triggering to survivors. 

I’d like to pretend that you’ll never need to know how to help a friend because we all live in a world without war, violence or abuse. Without trauma. But. Just in case my pretend world doesn’t exist and you find yourself needing to help someone. 

Or to help yourself. 

Listen up.

Recovering from trauma feels like a roller coaster with rumination, flashbacks, depression, anxiety, and hypervigilance. 

I’d like to invite you to get off of the roller coaster and board Leander Air where we’ll learn how to help our friends who have experienced trauma.

Hello and thank you for flying with Leander Air. A few announcements as we begin our talk. There is no safety card in the seat in front of you, unless you’re watching this from a flight in which case, where are you headed today?

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Two Talks This Week!

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Sixty Six]

This MAY or may not have been why the past few weeks have been super sketch – stress is a BEAST, yo.

But first the news:

This morning I am absolutely over the moon to give the very first presentation of Getting Started: Embrace Your Inner Child at DevOpsDays oNLine!

“On the road to becoming a unicorn, you need to go backwards to make progress. As we get older, we forget how to fall down, how to play, how to explore and be curious – and these are necessary skills to becoming the best unicorn you can be.”

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Getting Started: Embrace Your Inner Child

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Sixty Four]

On the road to becoming a unicorn, you need to go backwards to make progress.

I know what you’re thinking right now, “do I want to be a unicorn?”

Of course you do.

And now you’re thinking, “but my inner child is pretty messed up…”


Mine, too.

But your inner child is also REALLY smart.

They know how to fall down and get back up, how to be brave, how to play, how to explore and be curious – how to be a unicorn.

How to conquer the world.

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Developing Communities: The DevRel Podcast

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Forty]

Photo by CoWomen on Unsplash

It was my absolute pleasure to join Alex & Mackenzie on their podcast, Developing Communities: The DevRel Podcast, where they discuss emerging trends and talk with experts in developer relationships to unpack this growing field.

But first the news:

“In this episode, we speak with Tech Evangelist and Open-source Advocate Rain Leander about their journey that lead them to become an advocate, the skills they have learnt along the way and specifically what it is like to be a advocate in open-source organizations.   

Rain started life as a dancer and first found tech only as a way to finance their dancing career, advocacy to them was a unique way to combine their love for tech and performance which is clearly seen in the enthusiasm they bring.”

Episode 3 with Rain Leander – Advocacy in open-source organizations

Dear future self:

Don’t start the podcast with “…yeah.” Try “Hello!”


No Open Source Stream This Morning

[Dutch Lock Down Day Four Hundred Twenty Six]

I swear this is coming back SOON but this week I’m taking care of the kids by myself and still onboarding at the new adventure and, well, sometimes a person needs their introvert time more than others.


This week I’m especially focused on getting those steps in and remembering to eat and SLEEPING enough.

Y’know, the basics.

Next week, the partner will be back, but I’ll still be in charge of leaving the house / getting the kids to places / bringing the kids home from places because he’ll be in quarantine for at least five days and one negative COVID test.

I can do this.

But first the news:

If you’re keen to join me live, I’m generally multicasting on Twitch and Twitter and YouTube. Recordings of past streams are available via youtube.com/rainleander.

There are a few streams in the works to start in the next few weeks (or have already started, but we’re just now ramping up and Getting Our Shit Together ™) – would you like to know more?

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