“Meow and purrr, isn’t that fashion enough for you?”—Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones “The Fashion Pussycat” mask worn by Grace Coddington
See our slideshow of halloween masks on our favorite New Yorkers.
Today is my 4 year anniversary of working at GiveForward. I still remember the day I interviewed for an internship position - I remember meeting Desiree and being so intimidated by someone who could be so beautiful and so smart, someone who, to this day, bears witness to girl power way more than the Spice Girls ever taught me. I remember Ethan, who believed in me and embraced my quirkiness based on a cover letter I wrote about SNES Mortal Kombat and hired me for the thank you letter I sent after the interview, which he says is the only way to do customer service - heartfelt and sincere.
I remember the tiniest of rooms that was our first office. We shared two computers and two desks that sat anywhere from 3-6 people at a time. I remember trudging downtown in the dead of winter to send out 15 fundraising checks a day (max! now we send over 100 a day!) and someone always trudging down too, to either hang or help.
I remember the giddy high five moments, the “oh shit” moments, the first time someone made me cry on the phone, the first time I spoke up for what I truly wanted out of career - and was heard, the first time we won a Moxie award, the moment I got my first business card, the first time a user told me that I helped them get through one of the toughest times in their life, and the moment I realized that these people that I spend 40+ hours a week with have evolved from coworkers to friends to a little family that I care about so dearly.
I remember last friday during a team meeting, looking around and quietly thanking whatever powers that be that brought together a group of people who are beyond inspiring and are passionate about something I have watched grow for four years; who are helping grow my dream job by leaps and bounds into something that is helping millions of people.
In life I have been fortunate in many ways, but the past 4 years have been the most fun and fortunate of them all.
I love the old churches of New England. It’s a beautiful area and I’m glad I got to grow up around such rich history. Here is a little piece I made the other night that I think captures that New England kitsch as well as its landscape.