August 31, 2017 — Rachel Martin is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and resides in Scotland. Several years ago Rachel started blogging after a natural disaster in New Zealand as a form of therapy. You can see her blog at https://rachel.blog.
We talk about her presentation at WordCamp Edinburgh, which was the closing keynote presentation titled “Blogging as therapy: a personal journey.”
Her work at Automatic includes providing support for Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress and Simplenote.
As is the case in most of the interviews I do, it never ceases to amaze me at the information and life lessons people provide. It was truly a pleasure to interview Rachel.
March 28, 2017 — We spend a lot of time in front of a computer without any social interaction. Sometimes that is great. Sometimes that causes demons to get in your closet. We will talk about the stuff no one likes to talk about. How to handle depression, social anxiety, and keep yourself healthy mentally and physically.
December 23, 2016 — For many years, the dual diagnosis of anxiety and depression kept me from sharing my knowledge, experience, and voice with others. Despite this, I started speaking publicly (at WordCamps and WooConf) at the beginning of 2016. I want to share a few tips and things I learned with others who feel like they have something important to share, but are scared or might be held back by similar conditions/illnesses.
December 10, 2016 — Life is like an iceberg.
Too often we only see or share the good and great, the sunshine and success (or the above the surface stuff). But in reality, we all suffer and struggle at some point with things buried under the surface.
Particularly in the online world we’re immersed in, it’s too easy to get lost, or to suffer in silence.
My story is an example of that. In almost 9 years of entrepreneurship (10 in the WordPress community), I’ve had my share of above the surface successes (co-authoring a “For Dummies” book, building a great WP company) as well as below the surface struggles (divorce and depression).
I will be sharing my personal experiences and story and how I manage my iceberg in business and life.
December 2, 2016 — We spend a lot of time in front of a computer without any social interaction. Sometimes that is great. Sometimes that causes demons to get in your closet. We will talk about the stuff no one likes to talk about. How to handle depression, social anxiety, and keep yourself healthy mentally and physically.
November 24, 2016 — Our own mental wellness, and that of those around us, is probably the least understood and most neglected part of our daily lives. It is time we all started understanding what it truly means to have mental wellness and what it means to us and those around us when we do not have it – especially what we can do to help those around us and ourselves.
The WordPress community is both the perfect place for Mental Health issues to go undetected as well as the perfect place for so many people to live a higher quality of life simply by increasing our awareness to it.
July 1, 2016 — Our work can be stressful, and when stressed we face many problems stemming from burnout, anxiety, depression, and others. In this talk, I’ll walk through my own experiences with anxiety as I’ve progressed in my career, and share the strategies I’ve found that can help developers and support take care of themselves, along with the support that companies can provide for prevention
June 24, 2016 — Mental disorders are the largest contributor to disease burden in North America, but the developer community and those who employ us are afraid to face the problem head-on. In this talk, we’ll examine the state of mental health awareness in the developer workplace, why most developers feel it isn’t safe to talk about mental health, and what we can do to change the culture and save lives. Attendees will leave with 5 things they can do to make their workplace safer for those dealing with mental health disorders.
April 19, 2016 — Stress gehört schon fast zur normalen Begleiterscheinung im modernen Leben. Er lässt uns nicht zur Ruhe kommen, macht uns unglücklich und krank. In diesem Vortrag können wir lernen, was Stress ist, wie er funktioniert und wie Meditation Stress überwindet. Als Teil des Vortrages wird Heiko eine Entspannungsmeditation anleiten. Vorkenntnisse sind keine nötig.
April 19, 2016 — Bestimmt kennt jeder so einen „stillen“ Menschen. Sie sind gerne alleine, Small Talk funktioniert nur bedingt und Partylöwen sind sie mal so gar nicht. In Meetings sind sie unscheinbare Teilnehmer, die selten das Wort ergreifen – meistens dann, wenn sie dazu aufgefordert werden. In unserer heutigen, extrovertierten Gesellschaft scheinen sie nicht so recht reinzupassen. Und doch gibt es sie und gerade unter uns Entwicklern sind sie häufiger anzutreffen. Warum ist das so? Was macht einen introvertierten Menschen aus? Jessica erlaubt uns in ihrer Session einen Blick hinter die Kulissen „leiser“ Menschen.