As I had mentioned previously, this year, I’m going back to school. Not to take classes, but to teach a course at my alma mater, Fanshawe College. I did this about a decade ago and thought it was interesting, so I was excited to give it another go. Additionally, after a friend mentioned that their kid wanted to learn Python, I developed an Intro to Python course aimed at high school students that I’m teaching weekly. I thought that this would be good fodder for the State of Security. So, whenever I have something interesting to discuss, expect to find it here.

I’m hoping to keep this post short and sweet. You’ve read a lot of words if you’re still following this series, and you deserve a break. This break has been brought to you by the conclusion of my Intro to Python course. I also wanted to give myself a bit of a break, which fit nicely with the topic of discussion… self care.

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Self Care: Putting Yourself First

I have been drained the past four months. Watching the world burn around you tends to stress you out, and working multiple jobs really piles on. So, I’ve been looking forward to wrapping up teaching and taking a bit of time to relax. One thing that happens when you have a lot going on is that you wear yourself out. You need to recharge. Ideally, we’d do that at night while sleeping… after all, that’s when our phones recharge, but getting a good night sleep can be difficult. So, you need to find other ways to refuel and re-energize.

For me, that has meant taking random Monday’s and Friday’s off work. I tried, but failed, to only work four-day weeks during November and December… but I came close. I (Read more...)