What has been the most challenging part of the pandemic? Changing jobs during remote work was challenging. My advice for anyone switching jobs during the pandemic or while remote is to make the change because you are enthusiastic about the new role and the people you will be working with every day. There will be a learning curve with any new position, problems setting up technology while virtual, and some awkwardness meeting people for the first time over zoom/Skype but those do not last forever. I am lucky to have a hardworking, supportive, and fun team, which has simply made the change worth it.
What lessons have you learned during the pandemic that you think you will carry over in the long term? The pandemic taught me that taking 30 minutes during the day for yourself is tremendously beneficial for your mental health, happiness, work mentality. Between March 2020 and July 2021, my Fiancé and I lived in less than 650 square feet which meant working, sleeping, eating, and relaxing were happening within two rooms. So, we started taking 30-minute walks in the afternoon to get out and take a break and it was the greatest decision we could have made. If taking half an hour to ourselves during the workday can make us happier, more productive, and stronger team members, why wouldn’t we carry that into the long term?
What do you do for fun? In the winter you can find me skiing and, in the summer, I enjoy exploring different state parks or checking out different microbreweries. We have an 18-month-old Labrador Retriever so recently life has revolved around her which means lots of time spent at the lake, hiking, and attempting to train her; puppies are a great test of patience.
What is the best book you have read this past year? The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna