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Thankful for Breaks


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I’m six “thanks” behind for the month, and I’m thankful that it’s okay 🙂 There’s one of the six, haha. There have been many thanks over the past few days, but I was busy living life and enjoying time with family and didn’t have as much time to write. So this is a six-in-one post to get myself back on track.

I am thankful for:

One:

As noted, the ability to take breaks from work and writing to be with family.

Two:

Finishing a 11.5 hr workday on Tuesday to find the dishwasher loaded with the Christmas mugs from the year prior — so they would be all set for our holiday celebrations with the kids, who were arriving that night.

Christmas mug and decorations.

Three:

Listening to my mother-in-law playing hymns on the keyboard. She also plays the organ in church, and I love hearing her at home as well.

Mom playing the organ.

Four:

Having Star come to visit. She lives with the kids now, and it’s great to see her so happy with them, but it’s fun having here back here, too.

Five:

Video Calling. Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Facebook Video, whatever. It just makes the holidays and other times all the more fabulous when you can actually see your loved ones even though they live across the country or world.

Six:

Gutenberg. Yes, I know this one is not everyone’s favorite, but I personally love blogging with the new WordPress block editor. I find it a LOT easier to organize my thoughts and portray them on the page as I visualize them in my head.

**For the month of November each year, I try to focus on something I’m thankful for each day. It is the month that holds Thanksgiving where I live, after all. Focusing on the positive and remembering the little things that make life great is something I should do more often. If you want to see some blogs I’m thankful for, check out my main site, Word Quilt.

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Walking to Work


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Yesterday was my day off so I didn’t go to work at all, but if I had, I would have celebrated this walk to work day that Bing announced (screenshot in my featured image). As a worker in a fully distributed company (Automattic, Inc),  I work anywhere I have Internet. Frequently from the passenger side of a car.

My husband often wishes me a “safe commute” in jest after our morning coffee together. I reply that I will do my best to not trip as I walk up the stairs to my office. I’m very thankful for this work life I have and the freedom it offers.

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Winning Fun Things


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IMG_4838.jpgDay 24/30 – Today I’m thankful for fun memories of winning things. In September I was at our company meetup at Whistler (since our company is distributed, we gather once a year so all co-workers can be together in person).

Some years I take classes, but this year I joined a bunch of others in working my regular support job while I was there.

There was a random drawing for those in the room, and I was the lucky winner of these awesome coasters 🙂 Now when I set my coffee down, I’m reminded of a super fun week and am also reminded of how fortunate I am to work where I do.

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.
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The WordPress Community


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Day 18/30 – I think I will forever be in awe of the WordPress community. Once again we gathered together for a WordCamp in Rochester. I think something was learned by everyone, and the day was incredible. There is just nothing like the WordPress community.

 

  • For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.

 

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Customer Support Users who Leave Feedback


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Day 6/30 – Today I’m thankful for people who not only use customer support, but also leave feedback.

I work at Automattic, Inc., the company behind WordPress.com, and I mostly work on helping people with the mobile app. It’s completely awesome working together with people who use our product, and I especially appreciate it when people offer feedback on how I supported them (using a feedback tool after each issue is closed)

It’s not always pleasant, I’m not going to lie. Sometimes the one-star reviews are really tough to take. But they help me become better at my job (and often make me a better person since they remind me to be kinder, or to be a better communicator, or a better researcher, etc.).

On the flip side, it’s super sweet to read those 5-star reviews with feedback. How often do I contact someone for support, get my answers from them then move on? Not cool. These people show me that.

Not only do their responses to my help feel good, but they remind me to always work to keep those strong areas strong. (And now I always try to do follow-up surveys when I ask for support with other products.)

So, yes, today I’m super thankful for all customer support users who leave feedback.

  • * For November (the month in which we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US), I’m trying to blog about something for which I’m thankful for each day of the month.