Happy Halloween

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I can’t believe it’s Halloween already.  The past month has flown by in a flurry of job search activity.  There was one week where I had 11 interviews in 4 days.  It was exhausting but all so worth it.

I’m beyond excited to report that I formally accepted a fantastic job offer with an amazing startup here in San Francisco.  And the best news?  The people I’ll be working with are even more amazing…incredibly kind, smart and fun.  I think I finally found “my people” on the career front.

I’m looking forward to a lazy day trotting Orelia around the neighborhood in her costume.  There’s one lovely neighbor in her 70s who always points me out to her friends as Orelia and I pass by through out the year saying….”Yeah, that’s the lady who dresses her dog up for Halloween.”  I could be known for much worse things right?!  😉

(p.s. Just realized it’s my one year blogging anniversary.  Thanks so much to everyone who has read along and supported me along the way.  I’m truly shocked that anyone other than my parents follow my blog, but I’m very grateful.  It’s been awesome getting to know some of you online over the year. You rock!!)

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Make Someone Happy

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{Orelia: Thanks for making me happy every single day!}

I was in a bit of a slump a few weeks ago.  I knew I needed to make a change, but couldn’t really put my finger on it.  I had too much time on my hands and spent most of it worrying.  And it finally hit me…the problem was that I was focusing on myself way too much.

So I did a few simple things to help others.  Nothing big.  A small donation here, a phone call there to a friend in transition and a handwritten letter to the little girl I sponsor via Christian Foundation for Children and Aging in Tanzania.  Can you believe I was holding off on writing her back because I was embarrassed to tell her that I was single?  She had asked about my family; and I held off on responding to a child because of something so ridiculous.  So I wrote that letter and told her all about Orelia…if she’s not family, then I don’t know who is.

Doing those little things brought me so much joy and clarity.  I not only could see what I needed to do next in my life, but I was in a much better emotional state to actually do it.  It’s amazing how making others happy is the fastest ticket to making myself happy.  If only I had known this years ago.  But alas, life is a journey.   And as a wise woman once said (aka Oprah)…when you know better, you do better.  Cheers to doing better every single day.

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The antibiotics are finally kicking in and I can breathe again. I’m loving the longer and warmer days.  Spring is just around the corner; and it’s gonna be glorious!

Here’s a few other things I’m loving these days.

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Tangelos: Ever since I got sick, I cannot stop eating these.  I’ve made 3 trips to Mollie Stone’s to replenish my supply in the past few days.  I’m officially addicted.

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The Cosby Show:  There’s nothing more comforting to me than watching back-to-back episodes.  Who cares if it’s from 30 years ago?  It’s better than anything that’s on TV today and it’s the family I dream of and long for.  One day….

Bumble

Bumble: This adorable coffee shop in Los Altos serves Four Barrel Coffee and the most delicious goat cheese and spinach scramble.  Admittedly, I’m more excited about an internship opportunity with a local interior designer and blogger I met there recently.  Orelia and I are crossing our fingers and paws!!

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Orelia Mae: She’s way overdue for a grooming session, but is she adorable with her long, wavy hair flopping over her eyes or what?!

On Telecommuting

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I walked into the living room the other day to find Orelia sprawled out in her favorite chair.  And I thought, “Man, life is good when you’re Orelia Mae.”  Admittedly, life is pretty darn sweet for me as well.  The sheer fact that I can work from home and take a break to find this beautiful little creature soaking up the sun makes me a lucky woman.

With all the chatter going on about Marissa Mayer’s decision to ax working from home for Yahoo employees, I thought I’d throw in my .02 cents.  I have worked from home for almost 7 years now.  And I can honestly say there are pros and cons to those who are lucky enough to have such flexibility in their workplace.

As an introvert, it works for me 110%.  I love that I can work without getting caught up in office politics and gossip.  I can play my favorite music on Pandora and get sh*% done.  And I adore being able to take a break in the middle of the day to go for a walk with Orelia.

One of the best parts of telecommuting is being in control of my own schedule.  Although I’m sure if you’re not the most responsible or focused individual, it could be a challenge.  I’ve had my good days and bad days with regards to focusing.  There have been days where I was up and on a conference call by 5 am, worked a full day and put in another call with someone overseas at 11 pm.  Then on the flip side, there were days when I was watching Oprah by 4 pm.  (Oh, how I miss you, Oprah).

It can be isolating though.  If you’re a social butterfly and thrive when you’re around people 24/7, it’s probably not for you.  But if you get energy from being solo like me (or with a beloved dog at your side as you work), then it’s the best thing in the world.  Admittedly, if you want to climb the corporate latter it’s probably best to be in the office where you’re visible.  However if you just want to do a great job, get your work done and have balance in your life, I can’t imagine a better scenario than working from home.

Orelia just let out a “woof” of approval and clearly agrees as evidenced by the photo below.  She’s the best co-worker I’ve ever had!

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Be Still…

“Little maketh up the best happiness,” wrote the philosopher Nietzsche.  I spent the weekend being very still and found joy in seemingly small things. I slept in past 8 am, took long walks with Orelia, spent an afternoon at Baker Beach and met my BFF’s new baby girl for the first time.

Here’s a few other little things making me happy these days.

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I’m in love with my new Airport Express router.  Imagine…Internet all the time and not constantly having to reboot my old router.  Smell you later, Linksys Wireless-N Home Router.

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I’ve always loved a good bath, but the soothing scent of Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salts takes it to a whole new level.

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Orelia + Baker Beach + a fog covered GG Bridge = Happiness

It’s Friday and I’m so grateful for…

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1) Getting the newspaper delivered to my front door again every morning.  Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know I can read it online.  But it’s not the same.  There’s nothing like feeling the newspaper in my hands and carrying it to brunch on the weekends.

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2) Waking up to birds chirping in this tree each morning. Every day there are more and more blossoms.  Spring is on the way!!

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3) Working from home with my favorite office buddy, Orelia.

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4) The most delicious cookies sent from a fantastic co-worker in Bend, Oregon.  Hooray for Bend Cookie Company!