We’ve sensationalized burnout to the point where it’s hard to talk about it. We’re not sure what it means anymore. I’ve written in the past about imposter syndrome and burnout, and why it isn’t your fault and I still believe that.
However, with the amount of “normalization” we give many topics comes a lot of glamourization. It’s largely individual.
Your own head has become a potato salad of so many ideas, that you almost have none.
Especially in UX, it’s hard to take breaks at times. Between work, studying, our design spaces, it can be hard to disconnect. …
It’s uncomplicated to tell a group of people who’ve suffered unimaginable amounts of cruelty and suffering for several generations that it’s all for a higher purpose. Who wouldn’t want to believe that? You’d be desperate to believe it. We all crave a purpose. You need to find the reason life is so hard. That there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s an easy sell.
It’s natural for a group who’ve built every ounce of their wealth and societal standing on the backs of another’s suffering to do everything in their power to justify it. How else can…
Bo Burnham encapsulates exactly what it's like to be at the inconsequential age of 20-something in 2021. How it feels to have been born just before the turn of the century, and the turn of the technological revolution. What it means to have been the lab-rats of social media. Bo’s telling that story.
Bo’s creating music from the noise.
His special covers so many topics that it’s more valuable to explore Burnham as a topic himself. His position in the center of these topics is the overarching theme of his specials. Finding his place in the chaos. Bo’s creating music…
While I’ve spent my fair share of time writing about UX and how I got in I’ve never thought about the five most important steps necessary to work in UX. At least, the five I think were important to me.
Breaking into tech isn’t always simple and there are multiple approaches. People break in through a myriad of different ways. Recently, as I’ve talked to more people breaking in there are a few things I notice that come up or seem to be missing when trying to get in. And here are some of them:
It’s not as simple as…
“The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.”
That’s how Google defines a goal. “How you choose to prioritize what matters to you” is how my last therapist described a goal. “A never-ending source of anxiety and forced expectations,” is how I’d describe a goal.
Losing sight of the goal post forces you to focus on the race.
I was extremely goal-oriented by accident. Many of us are. I don’t think I’d meant to be that way. I’m not sure if anyone’s really meant to be. Upon starting therapy, you’re asked right off the bat…
Gold-digging has a misguided connotation with “stealing”.
Societally, we’ve demonized most things related to women. Whether or not there is an actual connection to women, if something is perceived as “feminine”, it comes with a stigma. Especially when that thing happens to step on the egos of men.
The conversation surrounding gold-diggers came to a head for the thousandth time recently thanks to Tik-Tok. These conversations spring up every few weeks when someone decides to re-ignite the debate. This time, a woman created a Tik-Tok saying she doesn’t need to “work” a traditional job because she dates wealthy men.
I didn’t start writing on Medium with the expectation that this would be possible. You shouldn’t either.
Medium has cracked the code. This platform has jumped on a train, that other social media apps have yet to discover. It’s not a mystery at this point that Medium has rewarded 1,000 writers for consistency and high engagement posts. With money.
The difference between what Medium did and how other platforms pay creators is major. Tik Tok started paying their content creators in light of a user-dip as well. It’s money coming straight from the platform itself. Not from ads, not a…
I hesitate to take life lessons from a global pandemic. It seems incredibly shortsighted and disconnected. If a global pandemic managed to have a positive effect on your life, you live at the absolute zenith of privilege. Much like myself.
Maybe not, but I hate the idea that a pandemic had a positive effect on me. Thus, I’ll attribute the self-discovery I’ve had about self-care to the fact I’ve been working from home.
Self-care often has different definitions for men and women. For men, it’s largely to do with fitness. And keto. Lots of protein and muscles. For women, it…
You don’t have to call yourself a Feminist to be one.
The amazing thing about Feminism is you don’t have to believe in it to benefit from it. You don’t have to identify as one, to be one. It’s an incredible benefit of battles fought before us. We didn’t have to fight in the Civil War to reap the benefits of those who did. We protest for rights in 2021 so the generations following us won’t need to.
Really, it’s the point of fighting these battles at all.
If you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you’ll know many popular Conservative…
This industry isn’t over-saturated.
I’ve written about How I got my first Junior Design position in the midst of a pandemic. I was able to land my first UX role last fall after applying for about six months. It was gruelling. I found myself burnt out, tired, and often contemplating how much I wanted to work in this industry in the first place.
When looking for my first design position I read many of the same types of articles and felt it’d be useful to write one myself. …
I promise I’m a lot more fun at parties than these articles make you think.