I work at Automattic and now help the customers of WordPress.com VIP with their sites. I got a notification a little bit ago that reminded me how the journey all started.
I applied to be a “Happiness Engineer“. (I’m a VIP Wrangler now.) It was the first job description I ever saw on the internet where my skill set matched 100% with what they were looking for. I went through a series of text interviews, answered some questions, and must have made some sort of positive impression. I was offered a paid trial where I could do the job and see if they were right for me and if I was right for them.
So today I saw this…
and thought back on my trial and all that I’ve learned since. Good times!
My daughter loves to draw and trace. Sometimes I write out the numbers 1-50, sentences, or her name in highlighter and let her go for it.
If you have a little one, I recommend trying it.
As I stand here waiting for my son’s bus in the pouring rain, I wonder ‘when did he get so big?’ I hope he remembers which stop to get off at.
Today my son is 4. He’s my little man – inquisitive, smart, and caring OMG that boy has the purest heart. He’s taking after mom and growing tall and strong quickly. He often jokes about driving my car, lifting me up, or mowing the lawn and precedes each with “when I’m taller than you, I can…”.
Tomorrow he’ll be 5 – a tall skinny 5 (50″ and 50lbs). Then he will start kindergarten in the fall. Time has flown. I still can’t fathom that I’m having full conversations with this little person who wasn’t here 5 years ago.
I like change. I like change better when it’s one stressor at a time.
Sometimes though, it’s a bit like trying to stay at mental peace in the middle of a firestorm.
If you’re stressed out and trying your best to stay positive, here are some thoughts that have helped me:
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
– Winston Churchill
Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been, to stand up taller than you than you ever were.
Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly.
You’ll get what you want when you give yourself no other option.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
– Jim Ryun
Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Hanging out at Red Rocks listening to Ingrid Michaelson and Ben Folds.
It’s gorgeous here. And OMG if you go to enough concerts your calves will be amazing from the hike up.