We celebrate the pursuit of new goals – both personal and professional. So when the new year rang in we asked our Boston office for their actionable goals, they did not disappoint.
Some responses really stood out to our Cultural Committee (CC), whose purpose is to facilitate everything from happy hours to holiday celebrations in each of our four offices. After reviewing the list of 2018 goals, our Boston-based CC decided to play Oprah and help make a few goals become reality. Here are the highlights!
Goal 1: Learn Spanish
Pete Buhler, Creative Director, let us know he hopes to learn Spanish AND go to Spain, sell all of his Bitcoin before it crashes, and help his daughter sell the most Girl Scout Cookies. While the majority of our office is already helping Pete and his daughter make good on his Girl Scout Goal (any Samoa fans out there??) SHIFT awarded Pete with a one-year Rosetta Stone subscription so he can be one step closer to Spain. ¡Hurra!
Goal 2: Learn to cook
Not going to lie – we feel a bit bad for the better half of newly-wed Dave Heffernan, Account Director. Dave let us know he was interested in learning how to cook, given he can only handle “hot dogs and bowls of cereal” right now. His (and his wife’s) wishes were granted in the form of a cooking lesson at Sur La Table – go, Dave, go!
Goal 3: Learn to knit
This next goal might have something to do with the current weather in Boston (read: cold, dark, windy; your face hurts as soon as you go outside, etc.) but account executive Kit Rodophele let us know she’s eager to learn how to knit this year. Who doesn’t love handmade hats and scarfs? We sure do, so we hooked Kit up with a local knitting class. Can’t wait to see what you knit, Kit!
Goal 4: Focus on personal artwork
We’re a firm believer that anything you do outside the office to strengthen values and skills will have an intrinsic impact on everything you do inside the office. When our talented Senior Graphic Designer, Sarah Muscarella, let us know her goal for 2018 is to, “Work on [her] personal artwork and build up enough of an inventory to participate in a local art fair of some kind,” we said, “Get ittttt.” We also gave Sarah a gift card to Blick Art Supplies so she could stock up on art supplies. Can’t wait to see your work at a local show, Sarah!
Goal 5: Learn to play guitar
When two SHIFTers expressed similar 2018 goals, we decided to honor both and are cannot WAIT for the 2019 Grammy’s. Both Nick Patterson (Marketing Analyst) and Erica Conover (Account Executive) let us know they’d like to learn how to play guitar, so we gave them both private guitar lessons. How could we not when Erica told us she, “…asked Santa for a guitar, in the hopes that it will push [her] to learn a new instrument and continue doing something that at one point in [her] life was such a part of [her].” Go forth and conquer, both!
What are your 2018 goals? If one is to find a new career, you’re in luck – we’re hiring in Boston, Austin and San Francisco!