Before I started working with a professional coach, I let fear dictate my actions. When I had an idea, I’d first get excited by the outcome it would achieve if it worked the way I expected. Then, the What Ifs would set in. What if it’s a dumb idea. What if it doesn’t work. What … Continue reading Action with mistakes is better than inaction
I’m under the canopy of my dogwood tree, which is thick with green leaves. It’s cool here in the shade. Fat lavender buds sway next to me in the wind. A purple finch drinks from the bird bath, which I refreshed with clean water a few minutes ago. Birds twitter, and the warm scent of … Continue reading Work from… garden
Today marks the eighth day of my husband, our high school sophomore son, our eighth grade daughter, and myself all being inside the house together. It is the fifth day of my husband working from home (he usually goes to an office) and the third day of our kids doing their schoolwork online. What’s odd … Continue reading We all four work from home now
When I first got to claim a room of my own, I couldn’t wait to make it bright after working in a dark basement living room in our old townhouse. I painted the walls lime soufflé, and my coworkers called my office the Key Lime Studio. When I moved to a different job, I thought … Continue reading I needed an office update
I’ve had a black Happiness Engineer T-shirt hanging in my closet the past two years. The Editorial team at Automattic sent it to me in a thank you package for working on a project with them in early 2014, when I was a blogger using WordPress.com, before I even knew Automattic existed (Automattic is the … Continue reading I’m a Happiness Engineer again!
How do you say goodbye to your coworkers of 3.5 years when you’re scattered all over the globe and none of you is in the same physical location? Last week, I sent a text to my husband, “My co-leads are going to have going away happy hour (via video) in the evening on Wednesday March … Continue reading Saying goodbye at a distributed company: my final week at Automattic