Two years at Award Force and the dandelion war

It has been more than two years since I started with Award Force and a year since I became a product manager. I love my job, my role, the company, and all my colleagues. I am so fortunate in all respects and am particularly grateful to have a full-time job at a time when so… Continue reading Two years at Award Force and the dandelion war

How to work from home

I've been working successfully from home for six years and I thought I'd share some tips since more and more people are having to isolate themselves during this pandemic. I love working from home because it gives me complete control of my environment. I can set the temperature, lighting, and background noise to my preferences.… Continue reading How to work from home

On being a leader and Doctor Who

Several months ago I became a team lead at work and  I'm now leading a team of five Happiness Engineers. Last week I started a pilot coaching program to become a more effective leader. It's like having my own personal coach. In fact that's exactly what it is. The whole program is giving me warm fuzzies.… Continue reading On being a leader and Doctor Who

Family, WooCommerce, and women in the workplace

It has been almost a week since I wrote a post! This is unlike me. Usually I'm bursting at the seams with things to say. Lots of things have happened this week too but for some reason I just haven't felt like writing. Dad left last Monday which was sad. We all enjoyed having him… Continue reading Family, WooCommerce, and women in the workplace

An Automattic family

My work trip to Barcelona has come to an end and yes, there were some dramas and yes, Barcelona is a really cool city, but the best part of the trip was the people. And I'm not referring to the people of Barcelona - although they were, without exception, very friendly and welcoming - I'm… Continue reading An Automattic family

A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer

What does a Happiness Engineer do all day? I started my day today at 6:30am because I'm a morning person and I'm still a bit jet-lagged. Sometimes I start at 6am, sometimes at 7am. The choice is mine. I began by catching up on emails and replying to users via email. Then I started live… Continue reading A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer

Scotland, here we come!

A couple of weeks ago we sent off our visa applications for the UK. They had to be sent to Manilla for processing along with all our passports, including old ones, and original birth certificates for the kids, and our marriage certificate. We also had to have fingerprints and mug shots taken. The applications themselves took… Continue reading Scotland, here we come!

The stay-at-home parent and the working parent

I love my job. It's so fulfilling being able to help people with their websites and most users are profoundly grateful for the support. I also feel privileged to have this little window into their lives: to see what they're writing about and what their interests are. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have this job.… Continue reading The stay-at-home parent and the working parent