Handling Anxiety’s Destabilizing Impositions

My main challenge is arresting the anxiety wave in the moment.

Handling Anxiety’s Destabilizing Impositions
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One of my technical career goals this year is to improve my front-end skills. I’m lucky - Forem has some badass frontend developers like Nick Taylor and Suzanne Aitchison, and pairing with them has been so helpful.

However, I have learned about myself that the comfort I feel pairing with more experienced engineers does not necessarily mean that I’m gaining the skills. I need opportunities to go it alone, struggle, feel incompetent, settle down, retrace my steps, then inch forward, each step becoming steadier as I accomplish small wins.

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