A couple months ago, I went on a work trip and got to go back to my favorite city. While most of our time was spent working at our AirBnB, we got to enjoy our evenings at some of my favorite places and restaurants. I even got to try a few new places that I never made it to while I lived there!
I flew in a couple of extra days early to hang out with my uncle and a couple of friends. But, as always, I wish I had more time!
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At WordPress.com, we want to support local businesses as they grow their own communities (and their revenue!) on the open web. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Rebrand Cities, a project founded by Hajj Flemings to bring small businesses online, in pursuit of an audacious goal: 10,000 new websites for 10,000 small businesses and to tell their stories.
This past September, Automattic held it’s annual Grand Meetup – where the entire company (located all around the world) gets together in one location to talk about past and future goals, work on some fun projects, and hang out with each other.
This year, we went to Whistler, BC Canada. I absolutely loved it! The hotels were right in the village so it felt like we were still a part of everything going on in the surrounding area. Last year, in Park City, UT, it felt like we were much more secluded … it felt kind of like The Shining.
The food options were very good, the activities available were really fun, and the scenery overall was amazing!
** As usual, I’m a couple months behind on this post. I’ve been pretty bad at being on top of things here, lately. Trying to get better at that! :/
A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to NYC for a short work trip. It was my first time visiting the city so I spent a bit of time one morning exploring as much as I could. All of my time there was spent in Manhattan (aside from a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge one evening) but I absolutely loved it … much more than I ever imagined I would!
Last month, Team 51 (the team I am a part of at Automattic) had it’s first-ever official team meetup. We chose San Francisco because half of the team lives there so it made things a little easier to plan. Plus, it’s an awesome city anyway! We even took a little day-trip up to Napa Valley for a little bit of wine tasting! That was especially exciting because it was my first time to Napa.
Just before Thanksgiving, I took a trip over to Portugal with my team at Automattic. While most of our time there was spent hacking away at a cool, new project and chatting a lot about themes, we did manage to squeeze in a bit of time for some exploring.
Today is my last day at Cuker Agency. It has been a great three years working (and surfing) with a team of brilliant and fun people. I have learned a lot during my time at Cuker and will miss working with my friends there. While I am sad to leave today, I am very happy to announce that I have accepted a position with Automattic, Inc..
For those of you that are unfamiliar with Automattic, they are the company behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, Cloudup, Gravatar, and a bunch of other cool products that you may have seen around the web.
Starting tomorrow I will be joining the team as a Theme Wrangler on the Theme Division. I am extremely excited for this new opportunity to learn and improve my skills, both as a designer and a developer, while working on some very cool projects. I will get to work with some of the smartest and most talented people in the industry and build new friendships with people all over the world. This really is a dream job for me!