Yes! I finally got access to my blog again. I have had so many things to write, feelings to express, it has been hard not to have a place to write them down. Now that I do, where do I begin?
We’ve been in New York three weeks this Monday. We spent the first week in a hotel, exploring the upper west side (our neighborhood) and I began work. The jury is still out on my job - I always say to give it three months when you start something new- so I have some time, but for now, here are a few observations.
1) There is no shortage of opportunity. Everything needs to be fixed. That can be exciting, and it can also feel overwhelming and even exhausting.
2) The culture is incredibly different and unique. Most people here are introverts and either don’t want to speak with you, or don’t know how to. They are all incredibly smart and kind, which is great, but I have only found a few people that I can shoot the breeze and laugh with. That is hard for me. My favorite part of working is shooting the breeze and laughing.
3) It’s hard to read sales reports every day showing that you are down. The majority of the time I was at Best Buy- we were killing it. I didn’t realize how fun that was.
4) The space is incredibly dated and dismal. I knew that going into this job, but I didn’t realize that my office would be in a corner away from my whole team, with a bunch of IT people, who like silence. One guy shuts my door every time I start talking.
5) People take me very seriously here. And I mean that in a good way and a bad way. Good in that, they respect my career, they are thrilled to have me here, and they will take my recommendations without question (most of the time). On the flip side, the bad side, is that again, they see me almost as “other” not someone you try to make friends with or act silly in front of. It’s lonely at the top, I guess is how the saying goes.
So we’ll see. I’m definitely going to learn a lot. And there are some really kind, smart people here, so I’m excited about that.
As far as New York goes…there are a lot of amazing, spectacular, once in a lifetime things about New York. And there are also a lot of pain-in-the-ass are you kidding me things in New York. It’s great to have 10 of my favorite stores and some of the world’s best design shops within a block or two of my office. The food is amazing. There is never a shortage of things to do. It’s not snowing all the time and I don’t have to shovel each day.
But, it’s hard to start each day shoving your way into the subway. It’s hard to get hit up for money and see all the homeless people living on their suitcases in the streets. All of that food- is damn expensive. And also- it might feel just as cold as Minneapolis, maybe colder, because you walk around in it all day.
So I don’t know. Still feeling my way through. Having some great days and some bad ones, some good hours and some shitty ones. I guess that is part of it.
Anyway- I’m glad to be back on the blog! Love to you all.