Wednesday, March 23, 2016


We're getting to spring, guys. That means, light layers, breezes and more sun. At least for a little while. We've also seen just as much overcast and occasional sprinkles here on this side of Seattle. But this post isn't really about the weather or my cool selfie. Really, I've just been thinking about who I am as a professional, and where I want to be. Hence, this is a work selfie.

Where I am professionally is a thought that crosses my mind fairly frequently. Lately I've been really focused on a design project for an Xbox team and it's made me realize that all of my design and writing and editing skills shouldn't lay so dormant. Sure, I still write on the side pieces that I hope I can publish one day... But outside of occasionally working on the "maybes," I've stopped aggressively going for the projects I can do now.

Now that things are winding down with this design project, I have more time to think about the projects I started and never finished, or things that just haven't kicked off the ground yet and are taking more prep time than I anticipated. So with that, I am going to be focusing even harder on the things that make me feel fulfilled. So here we are, here are my projects/plans/things I want you to know about:

A blog with Savannah (TBA) | Art in Transit (TBA) | writing pieces of fiction and nonfiction | freelancing design
  • The blog is something that Savannah and I will be launching to its official capacity through the Xbox Ambassadors Program website soon. (More on that program here.) We intend to launch April 1, but we're still in negotiations with Xbox's PR. 
  • Art in Transit is an online, literary magazine. There is no word limit, there is no desire for published writers over unpublished. All are welcome. This is purely a place to submit your work. I've been working on the web launch for some time, and now that I can devote more time to it, I have a call out for all writers to submit their literary work. 
    • If you have questions or want to submit your unpublished work, please email Please, please, please submit your work! I would love to be able to launch with something. 
    • If you're interested in becoming an editor/team member/partner in this magazine with me, please email at the same address for more information. 
  • Some pieces I need to finally finish and look into editing and possibly publishing. I'm not much of a fiction writer, but I have two ideas that I really want to see completed. 
  • After this design project I had, I'm dying to do more. I have more permissions with the tools at work to help in a fuller capacity with design. I can't wait to do more, and expand beyond the Xbox brand, even. 
So that's what's going on in my life, and what I plan on starting and finishing. I've also been toying with the idea of a YouTube channel, but I'm trying not to start too much at once. However, if you have an idea for a YouTube channel and you want a partner, let's talk it out. ;) You can email me at any time (my email on the right-hand side). I would love to do a lifestyle-themed channel, but I'm flexible. It's much like a blog where you know what you want the moment the idea hits you. 

Okay, I'm done rambling. 


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Updating You

This week a few things happened.

For one, I started waking up at 10:30 a.m., and I didn't have to be into work at 2:30 p.m. Yes, folks, I am back on my regular PM shift schedule.

I learned a lot of things about my team, the AM shift and who I am professionally and where I want to go during this past month. For example, I took this slot to help out the team, but in the back of my mind I was constantly wondering if it could benefit me and my advancement--making sacrifices and doing well while on this flipped schedule. Would I look that much more impressive among my peers when I want to go for a promotion, etc.? I would like to think so. But while I was thinking all of these positive thoughts, and I had my eye on the prize of a shift lead promotion, it was taken away.

My manager told me that the position I wanted really badly was no longer a viable option due to budget issues within the team. When I heard it explained to me by a few mangers, it all made sense, and I was able to come to terms with it. But I wasn't happy when I first heard it. I had been desperate for a chance at that role since before going to AM for a month was even on the table. Sure, at first I said that I hated that I was making these kinds of sacrifices for the team, just to see the end goal get further and further away, but really I was just tired when my manager told me.

It's hard to feel like you're going to continue to be valued if there isn't a lot of movement in your position or in life, but I had to take a step back and reevaluate why I felt that way.

Advancement in one's career is important, but it's not everything. That sort of pressured momentum is inherit in the culture here at this job--people have tenure at the company, but rarely in their positions. That's just not who I am, and I've got to do what's right for me.

I'm not an unsettled person, and I have never been that way. If I am happy at my job then that is all that matters. Movement is important, but it takes time to go anywhere in a job anywhere else. Just because I'm not a shift lead tomorrow, doesn't mean I won't be one later, or that I won't find another position that intrigues me just as much to move up to when I check my email tomorrow. My dad echoed those thoughts I had during our phone call; while I already knew all of it, sometimes you just need someone else to say it to make it click and make you feel satisfied with that answer.

Now that my AM stint is over, I can definitely say I learned a lot, and I'm happy I did it. I'm sitting next to my PM shift right now, on my lunch break, very happy and grateful to be back, but also keeping in mind the connections I made with the AM shift. There is so much value in what I did that goes beyond if I look "good" when I'm trying to go for some unforeseen promotion later on in this job.

I have also had a lot more time to get back on my eating/exercise schedule and just genuinely feeling better. My body never completely adjusted to shifts at 5:30 a.m. I am able to take care of myself again.

And despite any frustrations any job may have, or just mine, I am genuinely happy to be where I'm at (most days, some days I'd rather take a day off). I hope in the month I was fairly absent you have been filling your days with things that leave you feeling fulfilled and happy.