The first day I walked in to Lee Media Group after accepting the position of creative writer, I was courteous, but still guarded. As a freelance writer and editor for the past four years, I was reluctant about giving up my freedom and flexibility to join an office environment. I liked my solace and most of all, wearing the official freelance uniform – pajama pants.
In three short months I’ve embraced wearing makeup and pants every day, and learned that the best part of working in an office, well, this office anyway, is the very thing I’d been avoiding all these years, the team.
Each woman has a unique talent that inspires the rest of the group. Please indulge me as I tell them how much their creativity means to me.
Ashleigh, you share my love of all things QuikTrip-related and introduced me to the best drink ever – Cherry Limeade and Dr. Pepper. As the office IT expert you keep our client’s websites safe and secure. I appreciate the fact that you never externally roll your eyes when I ask a dumb question.
Tabytha and Ashleigh, I’m still learning about your secret world of computer-y things. Your hallway is equal parts intimidating and awesome.
Morgan, our vibrant office manager. You keep everyone on task. Soon you’ll be on maternity leave and even though you have dainty little feet, you’ve got big shoes to fill. We’ll all need to step up our A-game while you’re gone.
Kelsey! Hallway Buddy! You’re a graphic design extraordinaire whose nimble fingers easily navigate through Adobe Creative Suite making images, logos, flyers and posters with precision. Also, you listen to my random stories that don’t always have a clear point. You’re precious that way.
Mia, I have
stalked admired you from afar for many years. Your business acumen and knowledge of a niche profession (web development) are flat-out inspiring. Though you run the office with a laid-back demeanor, your mind is always churning out new marketing ideas, client solutions and opportunities for growth.
Ladies, thank you for helping me with this transition from cave dweller to team player. I’m proud of the projects we’ve completed together the past few months, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future. But I still miss my Hello Kitty pants. Baby steps.