Who is this guy?

As you can imagine, I am always apprehensive to write much about work, but it has been pretty hectic lately. This has resulted in decreasing blog frequency. This blog will be slightly ambiguous for obvious reasons, but I want to shed a little light on what’s going on, especially since it has recently occupied so much of my time and mind.

As you can imagine, I’ve been very busy just trying to help resolve a lot of the issues that are swirling around. This is truly an intense job in itself with the volume of activities that need to be done and it is all truly urgent in the eyes of leadership. In addition, we recently acquired a company and I’m taking over a lot of marketing responsibilities for some of their major products (this is like doing two jobs). There’s significant pressure on building a long term vision and strategy for the part of the company I work in and that’s been taking up a lot of time too. Finally, there have recently been several internal and external meetings of major significance that have required a lot of my bandwidth + travel.

Had the opportunity to visit San Francisco again for another conference. I feel like many people think of conferences as going to a big ballroom, sitting back and listening to lectures all day. For me, I am meeting with “customers” from 8AM to 11PM each day. It is grueling and I am always exhausted when I get home after these 4 day meetings are finished, with the 3 hour time change, it is even more brutal.

The internal meetings are generally pretty stressful as I usually have to present to a few hundred people from a stage. I generally go into these presentations with the assumption that most people in the room do not want to be there & they are thinking “who is this guy on the stage, who is he to give us direction?” Hopefully after three years of presentations at this company, very few people are thinking this about me, but I feel like the stress of this assumption generally leads to better presentations.

With all that going on, there has been the threat of company restructuring looming. This can multiply the stress of a given situation, especially when you relocated your family and have financial obligations. While some aspects of the restructuring has been completed, the area where I work is still not yet complete.

Please know that I only relate this to you to explain that it has been really busy and I’ve been stressed by it all. It is not to glorify anything, in fact, I think a less stressful situation would be significantly more glorious! I dream of the day when my children are finished college and Jaclyn and I can live off the grid somewhere.

That being said, I’m finally seeing things fall into order. The horizon still looks plenty busy, but I think the trend is past its apex.

With me being out and about and working too much, I had reserved a hotel room in Pittsburgh on Friday night for Light Up Night. I booked it way in advance, so we could get a good room at a decent rate. Light Up Night is when Pittsburgh unveils all their holiday stuff, like Christmas Village, giant tree, gingerbread houses, and santa displays. They also host several free concerts, we attended the Daya performance (she is a Pittsburgh native and ubiquitous on pop radio stations today). Dalia was perched on my shoulders, Winston crouched on the ground pecking away at Kettle Corn like a pigeon. I saw Jaclyn dancing on the streets of Pittsburgh to the music. The best part was the weather miraculously made it to 70 degrees. At the conclusion of the concert, fireworks shot up over the Allegheny River. For about 10 minutes, the fireworks steadily shot up over the river, a constant barrage of sight and sound. I leaned over to Jaclyn and asked if she thought the finale would be able to differentiate from what we’ve been watching, I mean, how can this be topped? Well, the finale was spectacular, it was like 10 typical fireworks performances condensed into 2 minutes of bombastic fury! We strolled back to our hotel, got some rest, and went swimming in their pool the next morning. I relaxed in the hot tub for awhile. Every time I’m in a hot tub, I remember a 13 year old Edman telling me how cool people sit in hot tubs (by putting their arms on the side, really spreading yourself out).

Thank goodness the holidays are here, it is time to relax, see family, chill out, and have a beer or two with old friends.



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