August, were you even a whole month? Did I get lost in a time warp? I swear you just started 4 days ago… Well then. Let us get to it, shall we?
While not a “low” per se, it certainly makes for a funny story. I just left the Colombian Consulate where I had to renew my passport. As I was walking to the train, I walked past this place that I can only describe as part Whole Foods, part Italian food hall. I couldn’t figure out the seating situation so I asked an employee.
He said I could sit wherever, that it was open seating and as long as there was a chair available, I could sit. Well, there was a 4 top bar table with only 2 people sitting at it. I asked if they had anyone else joining them, they said no, I sat down. Apparently, that wasn’t what they had in mind. So they got up and left. I’m still not sure if they were wrong or I was but, either way, I whipped out my laptop and here we are cheese plate ready to break down the month.
My New Job…
I started my new job in August. I touched on it briefly in last months highs and lows, but since my first day wasn’t until the 5th I didn’t say too much. But now it is August’s Highs and Lows and I’m ready to tell you more!
First things first, my commute is the same. I can literally see my old office from my new office. I went from #300 to #125, so I kept my old stomping grounds and I am still in the digital marketing realm. The biggest difference is company culture and it is a change that I welcome with open arms. A change that addressed why I left my old position.
My new company is what most “millennial” offices are nowadays. We have LaCroix and avocados in the kitchen. We have teleconference rooms named after superheroes and breweries. We all have MacBook airs. But that isn’t culture, that is just infrastructure. Culture is being introduced to the whole office your first day because everyone makes a point to say hello and tell you that if you have any questions to let them know. It is asking what your favorite snacks are in your interview and making sure those are on your desk that nervous first day on the job. It is a welcome note that doesn’t just say “welcome” it says “we can’t wait to work with you!” “we’re so excited to have you!” “You’re going to kill it!” and “You’re a rockstar!” Culture, is probably a lot like sex, it is not a problem until you’re not having it (that’s how the saying goes right?) and this is the first place I’ve worked at that has a culture.
My first week, my team made the time to eat lunch with me on numerous occasions. Along the way, everyone has offered to help, teach, and guide in any way they can. We have a collaborate close-knit feel to us, and I am here for it!
It is always nice when friends make their way to your new home. SVV and KLuna (from Camels & Chocolate) were in town for a quick Hamilton themed trip! We were able to grab dinner and drinks before they had to fly back home to Nashville but it was a lovely way to round out a rainy day in Chicago!
Got rid of the jeep, officially.
The McKenna’s are officially a one-car family! And we seriously could not love it more. Mainly because we never use the car, so having one less car payment is something we can get behind. The process was insane. I thought it would never be over, but it is. And thank the heavens!
Joined Stitch Fix.
It’s been a hot minute since I really got some new work clothes and I finally gave in and tried Stitch Fix under the recommendation of a good friend. And let me tell you it is the best damn decision I ever made! The process is super easy and I have fallen in love with most of the things they’ve sent me.
The style quiz does a great job of helping you sort what your style is like, what kind of pieces you’d like to receive, and what you are looking to get from your fixes. There is also a place for you to submit a Pinterest board if you have one!
I only joined because a friend had a referral code (like this one I have here) that made my first box delivery free and gave me money to spend because you get $25 credit to go toward purchasing any pieces you like.
We started composting.
We’ve always been pretty conscious of what our impact on the environment is. And I am constantly looking for ways to cut our waste. In Florida, we had a compost bin in the back yard but our micro-apartment doesn’t really have space for a 9 cubic feet composting station. After quite a bit of research, I found a local company that does compost pick up. Every week or two weeks, they pick up you filled bucket and drop off a clean new one for you to fill up. So far so good! We’re down to one 4 gallon trash bag a week for our household and I think we can do even better! We’ve been able to get down to about a 15% waste household which I think is pretty impressive.
In an attempt to cut our plastic waste I set off on a mission to find a toilet paper that wasn’t wrapped in plastic and at the same time didn’t suck. Tim says life’s too short for shitty toilet paper but most lovely TPs come wrapped in plastic that isn’t usually easily recyclable like your paper or cans – it always requires a special drop off location and rarely gets picked up by your city/county recycling.
One of my equally awesome and eco-minded plant-based coworkers told me about reel toilet paper and I am happy to report that it gets the Tim tushy approval! So, what makes reel so special? Lemme tell ya!
First off, reel toilet paper is looking out for the planet and doing good things along the way. It comes individually wrapped in paper so goodbye single-use plastic wrapper and it is made from bamboo which is renewable and sustainably harvested. They are also a do good 1 for 1 company with a mission I love supporting. For every roll you buy, reel donates a single-use biodegradable toilet to someone in need.
“Our toilets neutralize bacteria so waste can be turned into valuable fertilizer. Starting in Kenya, people now have a healthier, safer option.”
I listened to: Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover. It is a bop and a hit and a great time so if you haven’t listened to it go. Right now! Personal favorites of mine? London Boy, Death by a Thousand
I learned: All the SEO and content marketing and google things! Nothing like starting a new job to help you refresh old skills, learn new ones, and put your noggin to good use! Needless to say, I’ve been a big fan of LinkedIn Learning this month!
To be honest, August was on the slower side for the blog because life was so busy. Starting a new job and a recent move meant most of the most was spent in catch up mode. There were also a lot of wasted nights fighting with PNC and Chase over things related to the Jeep, so I’m really not too heartbroken to see August go away.