Pam’s awesome a8cday post

My coworker Pam, is super amazing! She’s involved with the hiring of Happiness Engineers for WordPress.com, Jetpack, and WooCommerce. So I loved this post she wrote giving an inside look into her day! It’s definitely an interesting read! Enjoy! -Tish

This post is part of a series describing what Automatticians do on a daily basis. You can read more posts like this by following the tag #a8cday on WordPress.com and Twitter. Back in October 2014, I wrote a post describing a typical day at work. Since then, my job has changed quite a bit, so […]

via A typical day at work — pyjammy dot blog

Master List: 26 Resources to find a Remote Job

I get asked all the time how to find remote work, here is a great master list of places to look

Simon Ouderkirk

This is definitely the top comment I’ve gotten from folks:

“Yeah, sure, it really seems great to work remotely, but how am I supposed to find a job like that?”

or

“There are so many companies, how do I know which ones are remote friendly?”

or

“But Simon, I want to work from home but I don’t know where to start!

Instead of commiserating and telling them my own story, I’m putting together a master list of every place you can find a remote job today. If I’ve missed a place, drop a comment below and I’ll update it.

I’m going to focus here on full time employment – if you’re interested in building a freelance or part time hustle, you probably already know about UpWork, etc.

Here we go.

View original post 473 more words

wapuu: origins

unofficial wapuu fan club

As you know I’m wapuu’s biggest fan and I’ve been pestering Naoko for a while to learn more about how wapuu came to be. Now I know the story and I’m so excited to share it with you.

The People

  • Kazuko Kaneuchi: Designer/Illustrator @mutsuking
  • Naoko Takano: Japanese community manager/translator @naokomc
  • Seisuke Kuraishi: aka “tenpura” WP Multibyte Patch developer @eastcoder
  • Takayuki Miyoshi: Contact Form 7 Plugin developer @takayukister
  • Taisuke Jotaki: aka “Tai” Japanese translator @tekapo
  • Odyssey: @odyssey

foxkeh foxkeh

In 2009 at the WordCamp Tokyo after-party, Matt asked Japanese users what should we do to promote WordPress in Japan. One of the ideas was to create a mascot.

Foxkeh was already a popular local mascot for Firefox, so many community members thought WordPress should have a mascot for Japan as well. Matt said he thought it was a cool idea although many of the ja.wordpress.org admins thought he was kinda joking.

A few…

View original post 482 more words

Celebrating 2 months at Automattic!

So it’s been a little over 2 months sine I’ve been working at Automattic.

I’ve been having a blast! I get to help some awesome users and work from some pretty cool places. I also got some shiny new toys to work with courtesy of Automattic. As a bonus I’ve already attended my first WordCamp as an Automattician and got to meet a few of my coworkers at WordCamp OC.

So I decided to put together a little photo collage of my first few months.

A few things I’ve learned:

  • Don’t ever forget your headphones when working at the coffee shop, you’ll regret it.
  • I now know the best parks to work from that have the best reception for my mobile hot spot or are close enough to my home’s wifi router that I still get signal.
  • Working at the pool is super fun and can make for a great swimming lunch break, but try and leave before 3pm to miss the loud kids who are out of school.
  • Sleepy puppies are a great distraction and stress reliever
  • The amount of packages you receive your first week is super fun
  • I have such an amazing supportive core  group of friends who helped me get to this point, and made sure I celebrated it.
  • Nothing beats a home made lunch
  • I have awesome co-workers who are super super smart but hilarious as well

Happiness and how it affects our brain

On Mondays I try to watch/listen to something inspirational to get me into the right headspace for the upcoming week. I’ve been unable to do this for the past few weeks, so now I’m trying to get back on track.

This week was this great TED talk about how Happiness can affect our brain.

I learned that being happy affects your creativity and productivity. That by the simple act of being happy, I could become much better at my job. So how can I do that? I’m very goal oriented. I make a goal, I work hard to reach it… and then when I do reach it I make another goal.

Instead of taking the time to celebrate that win, I push harder. This ended up resulting in a less-happier Tish. So from now on, I celebrate the little wins and instead push for happiness.

You are my Sunshine

You are my SunshineI just so happened to be walking past the home decor section when I saw it. It had this gorgeous gold foil dots and then in the cutest script said “You are my Sunshine.” My sister and I almost burst into tears on the spot. It’s funny how one little saying can be so engrained into your mind.

I remember being a little girl and whenever my Grandma would come to visit, was the highlight of my life. It felt like my own personal holiday. It was a magical time. My siblings and I would wait with our noses pressed to the window that looked out to the front of our house. Craning our necks trying to be the one who would get the first glimpse of Grandma turning the corner in her little van. The family rule was that only once she had parked her van could we go to greet her. So we’d wait until she was parked and we’d race out the front door singing “Grandma is here! Grandma is here!” and we’d wait by her door waving and blowing kisses. She’d come out and give each us of double doses of hugs and kisses and then we’d help her carry her things inside.

Once inside she’d sleep in the room that us girls shared. Me and my sister would share the top bunk and Grandma would get the bottom bunk. But since I hated sleeping with my sister, usually one of us would sneak out of bed in the middle of the night and cuddle up in the bottom bunk with Grandma. She never complained and was always there to whisper and share secrets.

Days when Grandma was visiting for the week were full of rides in Grandma’s van to the library to go get books and to McDonald’s for apple pies. Sometimes us kids would fight over her attention. Usually we were just so excited to be near her. She’d sit us down and tell us stories about our Grandpa who passed away. Sometimes she’d get teary eyed but mostly we laughed at his jokes and smiled at stories of his warm heart. She’d read us Bible stories and answer our silly questions with a giggle. I didn’t realize it at that time, but for each one of us she was our best friend and confidant. At night before bed we’d read books and sing songs. Grandma always always always sang You are my Sunshine and tucked us in with kisses and hugs. And as I drifted off to sleep I’d be sad that we were one day closer to her leaving.

The day Grandma had to go back home was always the worst. We’d be crying & begging to stay home from school to have more time with Grandma. She’d give us hugs and kisses and send us off with a “Jehovah bless you!”. While she only lived a few hours away we’d write letters. But the rule was that anytime something big happened, we were allowed to call Grandma and tell her the news. Usually something like getting an A or that I learned how to ride a bike. Since it was long distance, it was always a big deal that we got to call her.

So ever since I can remember, Grandma has always been my first call for when something good happened. She was my first call when I got my first job and then a few days later when I quit my first job because I got offered another job haha. She was my first call when I got braces and when I decided to start Pioneering. Calling her felt like… like getting a big warm hug. She’d tell me how proud she was and how much she missed her Brown Eyes #1 (her nickname for me). Sometimes she’d intertwine scriptures in because she always had the strongest and most pure faith. I always hung up with a smile on my face… because to me she was like sunshine.

Having a Grandma was the most magical thing. Every single one of those memories and feelings flooded back when I saw those words “You are my Sunshine.” Remembering the nights she’d spend singing those words until I fell sleep. Even though my Grandma isn’t here anymore… she’s still the first one I want to call and I still can’t bring myself to delete her number from my phone, because I still can’t comprehend the idea that she passed away 8 months ago.

Today was a good day. No… it was a great day. I got great news that I get to go on Trial at Automattic which is one huge step closer to becoming a Happiness Engineer. My dream job. Yet as excited as I am… it’s bittersweet because all I really want to do is call my sweet sweet Grandma to tell her. Oh how I miss her so.

So now these words hang on my wall… so I never ever forget the words she used to sing. I can’t call her now but I can’t wait until the day I get to sing them with her again and tell her all about the day that I found out I got to go on Trial at Automattic 🙂

“You are my sunshine. My only Sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away…”