A crazy girl in a crazy world.
About a month ago my company shut down and all the employees were laid off. Some people think getting laid off is the end of the world. I on the other hand, see this as a brand new opportunity.
Being laid off has given me the chance to explore other things I’m interested in but didn’t have time for. I was able to finish the final touches of my wedding, hang out with my guests and get married. I went on my honeymoon without constantly thinking about user emails. When I came back I was relaxed and ready to take on my future. I started a volunteer program for the elderly in my community, I got to go to Girls Weekend for the first time in years, I tackled the arts & crafts projects I’ve been putting off.
Now that I’ve gotten to catch up on things the next question is - what do you want to do with your future Sara? Well question asker - the world is now my oyster. I can do whatever I put my mind to, branch out into new possibilities - basically go where the wind takes me.
I find this new experience to be extremely exciting. While I am sad about my company closing, I know that everyone will land on their feet and continue to do great things. As word from my old bosses…
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with each of you and we are deeply sad that our time together has come to an end. We wish for all of you that you will find a fulfilling and rewarding next stepping stone in your careers, and have the upmost respect for you both as team members and as people. When we started this company as college students we had big dreams, but we could never have possibly imagined that anyone would actually believe in us enough to come and join our team. I do not say this lightly, it has been an absolute honor, and far beyond our wildest expectations, to have worked with such talented, hard working, and passionate people. From working with this team we have learned so much, grown, been challenged, and enjoyed time with great friends.
I don’t think I could have said it better. In the words of Eames from Inception… "You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
I get almost 100 emails every day. That’s right - EVERY DAY. With that many emails coming in, I have to have a system to keep myself organized. Now you’re probably wondering how and why I get that many emails and the answer is - I have a lot of email addresses!
Part of my organization is having so many email addresses. One a personal level - I have one that is my personal email that is for personal emails only. I have another email address that is shared with my fiancé and deals with all wedding related inquiries. I have one that came when I signed up for comcast and didn’t have a choice in the matter. I also have an email address that is used specifically for when you have to “sign up” for things and you don’t want your inbox flooded with random, unimportant emails. Right there is 4 separate email addresses and this is only in my personal life.
One a work level - I have one for work that is [sara] work only content. I also do all our support content, so there is a support email. Beta testing has its own email. Random information inquires get sent to another address. People applying to our company get sent to a completely different address. All party planning gets sent to another and that adds up to different 6 emails.
Add those together and I get 10 different types of emails every single day.
What has been amazing and for a really long time I didn’t about, was that Mail (for Mac) allowed you to set up “filters.” These filters help to direct your mail into any direction you choose. This was a revelation for my already tidy workspace! I was baffled that I did not know this functionality existed - and have been ever so happy since learning about this.
To make the most of of the filters and to keep my inbox clear, I created specific folders and set up filters. Once an email hit my inbox it was automatically sent straight to the folder the email coincided with! Poof - inbox clean!
A friend of mine recently just posted a blog article that had an online community up in arms with debate. I would like to give credit and props to my friend for having the gusto to post such a controversial article, and also how she gracefully defends her opinion on the subject.
Sometimes posting a controversial topic on such a large network, such at Tumblr, can be frightening. The ability to have people criticize, critique and scrutinize your ever word can be terrifying. Things can and will be taken out of context, and this is something you must know going in. Luckily, there are those in the world - like my friend - who are brave enough to stand up to the criticism in order to start the conversation. The world cannot positively move forward if people are too concerned about stirring the pot.
Surprisingly (and appreciatively), the feedback from the article has been mostly positive. The community has backed her, provided their own relating personal stories and been overall very supportive. People are also understanding that this is an opinion piece, that she felt a certain way about the issue and was brave enough to post about her experience. Hopefully this debate can be used in a constructive manner to push new change upon the community.
Unfortunately, there has also been a bit of negative feedback to her opinion piece. Some comments were crude and thus reinforced (and demonstrated) her position on the topic. I am a big believer in having a voice and being able to disagree, but with tact. You need to have evidence or at least have thought through your argument carefully before putting words out into the world. Just saying “I disagree” doesn’t cut it. You tell me why you disagree and then I’ll listen to your viewpoint. Perhaps this open discussion can broaden my thoughts on the issue - as well as yours.
I don’t think enough people put their perspective out there for fear of others scrutiny. My friend - my courageous, brave and undaunted friend - hopefully has set a new standard for voicing how you feel without fear. Do not be afraid to have an opinion. Do not be afraid to be disagreed with. Do not be afraid to start a conversation.
Do not feel as though your thoughts don’t matter. They do more than you know. Stir the pot people!
Coffee shops have a great atmosphere and a hip vibe. They [usually] provide free wi-fi and are full of people toting laptops and books, ready to take on the world with their words. When I say coffee shop - do you automatically think Starbucks? If you did, you’d be thinking of the wrong type of coffee shop my friend.
Last week the team and I met up at a coffee shop armed with our laptops, ready to do some work. Normally we just come to the office, so this was a very nice change of pace in a different part of the city. The decor of the coffee shop we went to was totally 80’s - decked out with lunchboxes along the shelves, old toys and gadgets scattered throughout the place and even DeLorean parked right inside the front door. Luckily there were tables with enough outlets (phew!) and couches to relax, get comfy and do some work while sipping on some Chai Lattes.
While at this new location, we also got to venture out at lunchtime and taste test some new foods and restaurants we wouldn’t normally have been privy to. I had my first experience eating Thai food - and I loved it! I now want to eat it all the time, and wouldn’t have this urge if we didn’t work off location today.
Overall, it was a great change of pace to work in a coffee shop as opposed to the office. It opened up new opportunities that we wouldn’t have the privilege to experience otherwise. Perhaps this a nonchalant reference to get out of your comfort zone from time to time - you may stumble upon something you love! (like Thai food!)