This week, I attended An Event Apart Seattle with a handful of coworkers. It was the first time I had seen any of these particular coworkers since October (and in the case of one coworker, it was the first time I had met her). Getting a couple days to hang out in a conference setting with my coworkers was amazing. I’m constantly reminded of how passionate, talented, and dedicated they are. I get pumped just thinking about hanging out with them, and I can’t wait to get together with my team in New Orleans in a couple weeks.
AEA:S itself was fantastic — from a learning and development standpoint, it was definitely the best web conference I’ve ever attended. I learned something new at every talk. The speakers were smart, funny, and engaging. I got to see one of my own personal design heroes, Mike Monteiro, speak live for the first time. I can’t wait for my next chance to attend AEA.
I’m also incredibly grateful to work for a company that will let me take a few days to meet up with my coworkers and learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the industry. I love my job, and I love what I do, and I’m really excited to come back, full of energy and enthusiasm for what I’m working on.
Thanks for a good week, AEA.