This one is for the ladies in my life. The movers and the shakers. The thinkers and the do-ers. The people that inspire and motivate me everyday. The mom’s, sister’s, wives, daughters, girlfriends, and everything in between. The free spirits. My stick girls. My main chicks, someone’s side chick. The mac to my cheese! My ride or dies. My soul mates.
It is easy to get up in the morning when you awaken anxious to make progress towards your dreams. When you’re excited about life, you’ll wake up long before your alarm clock goes off.
TODAY IS THE DAY.
I recently started a new job and made it to the part where your job is a series of checklists and the criteria is simple: meet expectations or needs improvement. (I need creativity). Who knew the grind can be broken down to something that simple? Fortunately, for me… I am meeting expectations. (I am learning that exceeding expectations does not apply in the corporate world). Working in HR, I understand the value of performance reviews — I cycled through them for a little over 3 years now. Cycling to be defined as hours of brainstorming, lots and lots of surveys and power points, assessing what’s important and defining criteria, working on budgets, researching competition in the market to stay ahead. I know both sides of them and that feeling like you’re being ‘graded’ fair is difficult, but a challenge I often look forward to annually. It’s one of those things that always makes you think: What am I really doing? What am I trying to achieve?
How do you measure performance?
For me, performance reviews are not often enough. But I am one of those people that operates and thinks I am always being evaluated – so show up, don’t show off. I know I’m young and I have a lot to learn so walking into work everyday scared of my boss is something I am okay with. I need it. Performance Reviews and culture is important, in any size of an organization. You want to be feel valued as an employee and as an employer you want to make sure people know their work is being monitored. No body, nor work should go unnoticed. Going to work everyday shouldn’t be a task. Yes, the idea of a review makes a lot of sense but I assess what I do daily. I put value into everything I do because I never want to come to a point where I’m unsure of what I’m doing. I hate working towards some imaginary goal. I need to know that I have an end result and something or someone is waiting for me at the end but most importantly, I would hate to be exhausted running circles in the same place. Fear a plateau… that’s enough to push me to always perform and deliver.
If I am not working hard, then what
the fuck am I doing?
Isn’t it sad? There’s people in this world that don’t know how this feels
Bad day, at work, crazy boss, crazy or worse
Finger, pointin’, but they, they depend on you
Inhale, exhale, in and out, like a seal
No no, aw yes, smile honey, no stress
If there’s anything I’ve learned about the wed tech industry:
1. Life is too short: if you find someone that makes you happy… just do it, already. Don’t underestimate the meaning of forever, but understand compromise.
2. The only thing that changes after marriage is your last name. I’m traditional, and I believe in the values of a family so I will be changing my last name if/when I get married.
3. Pressure. I am struggling with the fact that young girls and women think they need someone else to make them happy. I’m happy being by myself. I know I can make myself happy. And I hate that there’s even a slight chance that someone can let you down.
4. Sales. I say this all the time: you are your best advocate. Don’t sell out.
When my friends write me e-mails and they are like this. and when e-mails have awesome subject lines: that is how you know.
You’re my sinsation.
I like goin’ out, takin’ walks, and stuff
I don’t run with many girls ’cause they talk too much
I enjoy quiet nights at home and curl up next to ya
Though I’m ain’t a virgin that don’t mean I’m havin’ sex with ya
Anything I want, I got it