A couple of months ago, I got a job at the San Francisco restaurant I’d been working at for the last six years.
It’s the kind of job that lets you get paid fairly well and, well, lets you have fun.
I was thrilled to be hired, and I was eager to make sure the restaurant could keep working when I left.
A few days later, however, the new CEO took over.
The day I got there, he asked me to come up to his office.
“I’m so happy you’re here,” he said, pointing to a massive stainless steel pot, which he had just cut with a small knife.
“You’re not going anywhere,” he continued.
“Here’s a new job.
We’re not getting rid of you.”
As I left, I could feel the pressure of his words on my back.
He was trying to tell me that this was my last day here, and he knew it.
After three months, the company I’d worked for would no longer exist.
I sat in my office for a few minutes, looking around at the walls, waiting for the phone to ring.
It never came.
The next day, I left without saying goodbye.
After about a month, the San Jose Mercury News published a story about the company, and the story made headlines in San Francisco and around the world.
I didn’t know what to think.
At first, I was confused.
I hadn’t spoken with my boss in months.
But after the Mercury article, I felt better about my decision to leave.
I had the opportunity to go to a job that I loved, one that I believed in, one where I’d never have to worry about my health again.
That, I thought, was the best thing I could do for myself.
It was the first time in my life I’d truly felt comfortable with who I was.
But that was only half of my story.
As I wrote about the experience in my book, The Lad, I also made the decision to share my experience of my two months at the company with others.
I felt compelled to share that story with people who didn’t work there, to anyone who didnít have the same experiences.
I wanted to share the experience of being a woman in a male-dominated industry, and in doing so, to make it easier for people to share their own stories.
After the Mercury story broke, I received thousands of messages of support from people around the country, including from people who worked there.
In a time when men in the tech industry often feel like outsiders in a gender-dominated workplace, I wanted them to know that there are people like them in Silicon Valley, and that they were not alone.
In fact, I want them to share with me the experience that inspired them to leave their jobs, because I believe that it can help other women who have faced similar struggles.
As my book goes into its third printing, I hope to bring a lot more attention to this issue.
What a Difference Two Months Makes I got the call on the second day of my job, and within three minutes I was sitting in my cubicle at the restaurant, surrounded by friends, colleagues, and friends of friends.
The woman who’d just walked in asked me a series of questions about my new job, which I’d only recently joined.
I told her about how I was excited to work with a team that wanted to be creative, but also focused on creating an environment that was safe for everyone.
I explained to her that I wanted her to understand that I didníll be going anywhere and that I would never be fired.
I promised her that, no matter what happened, she would always be able to come to work every day and that she would never feel unsafe at the place she loved.
She seemed grateful for the opportunity, and asked me how I felt about the fact that my company had been sold.
I said that I was proud of what we had built, and hoped that, with the right support, she could see that what she’d been told was true.
She said that she understood and was grateful.
When I got home from work, I found a note that said, “Thank you for your support and for being here.”
I couldn’t believe it.
That was the beginning of a new chapter.
I left that job with no regrets, and now, as a writer and entrepreneur, I feel empowered to share this story of the journey that led me from an online company to an established brand that is still around today.
The Lad is available now from Amazon.com.
My book is available on Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Google Books, and other online retailers.
The book will be released in paperback and hardcover editions on April 12.
For more information on The Lad and my writing, you can visit my website.