I remember when I first started working here, I told Meg that I never wanted it to become a full-time job. I just couldn’t envision a world in which I could possibly like my boss and the people I work with enough that I’d want to spend every day with them. So this past week was a reminder of just how lovely the APW team really is. Najva had plans to be in the Bay Area visiting family, so we asked if she’d be willing to extend her stay, and then flew out our Advertising Manager Keriann and did some serious staff bonding. (Despite being Internet friends since 2008/2009ish, Keriann and I have apparently only ever been in a room together once. Whoops!) Notably missing: Staff Writer Stephanie, who had other plans this week. Boo. Next time.
We did a lot of meetings, talked big picture goals, and then at the very end of things, Meg treated us all to a spa day in Napa where baby got her first mud bath (side note: OMG). And since our meetings inevitably involve some sort of discussion about Silicon Valley and the current startup environment in which APW resides, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the “high-stakes entrepreneurship” model (as one article I read today described it) is missing the best part of startup culture: getting to reward yourself. Because here’s the thing. Anyone’s chances of becoming the next billion-dollar startup are pretty slim, and there’s a tradeoff to that kind of success. But if you can’t take your team to a spa day every once in a while, what’s the point of all the entrepreneurial hustle to begin with? Somewhat related, I also just found out that my favorite coffee shop (aka my office away from the office) is wholly women owned, and that my favorite employees there have been around for over a decade. I mean, if that isn’t a measure of success, I don’t know what is.
But enough of my workplace musings. It’s your happy hour, so get to it!
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