A few months back, I DM’d Michelle Lee, Editor-in-Chief at Allure, through Instagram and invited her for a fireside chat at Talks@Google (the internal Google version of a TED Talks). We had a fabulous time discussing diversity in the beauty industry, the must-try beauty treatments in Manhattan and what it is like to have Anna Wintour as a boss.
At work, a large portion of the companies within my team’s portfolio bring in their revenue from subscription business models. As such, my colleagues and I have been experimenting with the vast ecosystem of subscriptions in New York in order to better understand the product offerings and the consistency of experience. I cover strategy for a beauty subscription business, and if you’ve been inside my bathroom, you know that I don’t need an excuse to research anything beauty.
When I was growing up in Vancouver, we would mark the passing of time through the passage of the seasons. I could never quite break the tie between whether I preferred the explosion of ethereal cherry blossoms in the spring or the seemingly never-ending azure days of summer spent lounging by the seaside in English Bay or Kitsilano.
This month, I’ve been working on the concept of patience. If something isn’t solved immediately, the way you want, right now – how bad would it be? Ask yourself that to put things into perspective. What about planning to leave room for the unplanned? Some of the best memories that I look back upon were unexpected, but they happened because I was open to the unknown.
Flowers in the wild, they bloom so freely. They grow untended in an untamed paradise, undisturbed and unperturbed by the turbulences and distractions of modern living.
2018 has been a whirlwind year with intermittent water breaks. Five years ago, if you asked me what I would be doing, I never thought that I would be working on Brand and Sales at Google with a specialization in retail. It goes to show that people like me who love plans have to let go and let flow when it comes to the tides of life…