This is my first month of working in a) tech and b) a huge company. I’ve really enjoyed my first few weeks, everyone I’ve interacted with across my immediate team and wider business have made me feel like I’m already part of the family. In just the last 4 weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to:
Meet senior leaders in the business, including Marc Allera, CEO of BT Consumer
Travel. A lot. I always love a bit of variety in my routines, so having the opportunity to do some travelling – even though it was only in the UK – was so much fun! Having that taste of work-travel was an experience.
Speak up on things that matter to me e.g. diversity and inclusion
Experience the iPhone launch (from the back-end view of the website, instead of consumer view of just buying and expecting it all “just to work”) – there is a lot that goes behind the scenes that I wasn’t aware of in the past.
Learn about how Networks work, the tech behind such a huge website and Agile process of delivery
Try out Yoga in the office
You can read a more detailed post of my last few weeks here and here. I’m so excited to continue learning!
2️⃣ IRL Friends
I got to meet up with James, Nawshin, Lina and David this month whilst I was in London. It was so nice to finally meet people I’ve only spoken to through the internet – can confirm everyone is 🔥
Also, it had been a whole year since David and I first met (also started on Twitter) during the time I was at a Gymshark event – he is now one of my closest friends. Thanks so much for being awesome David! 🤗
3️⃣ True “Health”
Because of all my work travel, I haven’t had a consistent routine with my workouts. Usually, I would beat myself up for missing a day but recently, I’ve shifted my thoughts to flexibility when it comes to health. It’s so much more a better relationship and I’ve felt even more determined to get it done to fit around my schedule – isn’t this what health is all about?
This is a rare section of my monthly favourites, but I’ve been enjoying Channel 4’s The Circle, a game that revolves around social media. I’ve found it interesting because it really highlights the importance of how people on social media can curate a perfect life but can be completely fake! There is a player, Alex on the game pretending to be his girlfriend, Kate by catfishing the other players with her photos and his little book with details on things like her makeup. 😂
Crazy Rich Asians – I could talk about this film for ages but I won’t – that’s a whole separate post. 😉What I will say is to give it a go!
iPhone XS Max is amazing – I’m really enjoying the new screen compared to my iPhone 7 Plus and of course, Animojis have changed my life. 😆
I love your attitude about fitness! It honestly becomes a negative thing if we let it affect us negatively when we can’t get workouts in. Do what you can, and leave it at that! Because getting the opportunity to travel is SO worth a few missed (or shorter) workouts!
Loving that quote of the month too. WAY too much of my time in the past has been wasting doing things I don’t love to make other people happy or because I felt like I ‘had’ to. No more of that and now I’m so much happier in life!
Glad this was such a good month for you!
Life after college/uni was a little harder back in my day. I got my first full-time job at a huge insurance company just to earn enough money for me to continue my education in that new field back in the day called “web development.” I did not have the sources and the organizations that you have available now, and it was definitely a huge struggle. I think if we had all of what you’re able to experience, from non-profit organizations to even the latest technology, I probably would be in a better place now than I am in this reality haha!
The house renovations and moving back to our new spots really got me exhausted. I haven’t even moved back all my things in because of exhaustion. Work has been too busy now, and even though I still have goals I wanted to accomplish after work, by the time I get home, I end up falling asleep for who knows how many hours. Ever since I got my new (refurbished) iPad a few months ago, I have been downloading a few apps. I even downloaded a women’s easy fitness app and I haven’t even started committing to it. 😥
But, fall came and I seriously need to get out more and explore. I started slowly so I can finally move forward to the life I wanted to have. I want to travel and do other things outside of work without the exhaustion and laziness. But I’m still far from where I wanted to be.
I always enjoyed reading your blogs, and as always, continue on what you’ve been doing. “Adulting” in the beginning is challenging, but it’s a part of life. Life should always have challenges. Eventually, you’ll get used to this new stage. 😊
I can’t wait until I can see Crazy Rich Asian, but since I don’t like going to the movies it will be when it comes out on Vudu for me to rent. 🙂
That is good that you are enjoying your job. It is also awesome how you get to travel so much with it. Hopefully you don’t get burn out. My tech job involves keeping my butt in my chair unless we get a new provider who needs training on the dictation system, haha.
Hey, I’m Pauline! People also call me Paw or Powerhouse. I'm a full-time multi-hyphenate: working in tech with a degree in sciences, documenting in my online space, aligning pixels, encouraging folks to reach for the stars, singing Disney songs (badly) and on a mission to live my healthiest, happiest life.
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