Automattic Grand Meetup 2018: Sunshine State

Automattic Grand Meetup 2018: Sunshine State

Sun. Food. Drinks. Entertainment. And meeting hundreds of highly talented, creative, and lovable humans wrangled from all over the world to work, collaborate, and just have a grand old time at a single location β€” what more could I ask for in a company meetup. This is a snapshot of my experience at my first Grand Meetup!Β πŸ“Έ

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Journey Back To America: First Contact

Journey Back To America: First Contact

Since coming to Japan, I’ve only gone back to the US once, and that was nearly five years ago in 2013.

This year will be the first time coming back since then, and I have this opportunity because my company’s Grand Meetup is taking place in America this year. Granted, the meetup is in Orlando, Florida β€” the opposite end of San Diego (my hometown) β€” I still feel at home.


Leaving Sapporo


Upon Arrival

Immigration Officer: You currently live in Japan, but you’re here on business?

Me: That’s correct, sir.

Immigration Officer: And what field of work is this in?

Me: Web development.

Immigration Officer: Ah, so I.T. then.

*stamp, stamp, stamp*

Immigration Officer: *hands me back my passport* You have a good day. Welcome home.

Me: Thank you, glad to be back, sir.


Hotel Hilton Orlando Buena Vista


Mandatory Family FaceTime


I’ll be in Orlando for a whole week until October 6th, spending time with the entire Automattic crew! I’ll try to make a daily post of my experience if I can. Otherwise, if not, expect a long epic one at the very end πŸ™‚

There’s No ‘I’ In Team

There’s No ‘I’ In Team

I’m grateful to have a joined a company that is built on remote work culture, as I quite enjoy having the autonomy and freedom to work on what, when, and where I want, but more than that, it’s the folks working behind the curtains that make all the difference, at least for me.

As of this writing, there areΒ 751 Automatticians in 66 countries speaking 81 different languages distributed across the globe, all working remotely on different teams.

I work alone, but never have I felt lonely. For me, opening up Slack on my computer is sort of like the equivalent of walking into an office. Certainly, that’s a major difference between working remotely on your own, versus working remotely with a team.

The ‘who’ is really what ties my Automattic work experience all together in this type of remote environment. I’m part of a small team that spans across the APAC region of the world, and we’re known as Team Patronus πŸ™‚ Continue reading “There’s No ‘I’ In Team”

Putting The ‘Flex’ In Flexibility: What It’s Like To Work On My Own Time

Putting The ‘Flex’ In Flexibility: What It’s Like To Work On My Own Time

The option and ability to work when I want has been an amazing employee privilege since joining Automattic. There are a lot of obvious advantages to choosing my own schedule, so I wanted to share what a typical week looks like for me β€” what better way to do that than to share this week’s schedule πŸ™‚ Continue reading “Putting The ‘Flex’ In Flexibility: What It’s Like To Work On My Own Time”

The One Thing I Love More Than Getting Packages In The Mail…

The One Thing I Love More Than Getting Packages In The Mail…

… is getting SURPRISE welcome packages in the mail!

If you can free your time and location, your money is automatically worth 3–10 times as much…Β Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: whatΒ you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.

β€” Ferriss, Timothy. The 4-Hour Workweek , Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (Kindle Locations 434-438). Ebury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

My Thoughts On Remote Work Thus Far

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My Journey of How I Went From Teaching English in Japan to a Career in Tech With The Coolest Company in the World

My Journey of How I Went From Teaching English in Japan to a Career in Tech With The Coolest Company in the World

Oh So Bittersweet

The teaching life was an interesting experience while it lasted, but it was finally time to move on. There are of course elements and particular parts of my teaching experience that I will always love i.e. seeing those lightbulb moments on students’ faces, helping eager students progress toward their goals, sharing ideas of personal development & education.

However, it was ultimately the uninspiring environment (unproductive meetings, monotonous non-teaching related tasks, etc.), subpar working conditions (low pay, job instability, regular six-day-weeks, overtime, etc.), and inability to pursue my real passions that steered me clear of continuing on with the English teaching path.

After a little over six and a half years of teaching English in Japan (also the exact amount of time I’ve lived here), I made the change into a career I never knew I always wanted. Continue reading “My Journey of How I Went From Teaching English in Japan to a Career in Tech With The Coolest Company in the World”