One Year Later

One year ago today I started working at Adobe and my life completely changed.

I have 100+ pieces of e-mail backlogged in my in-box, and more projects to work on than hours in the day. There’s a user group meeting tonight, which means a 12+ hour work day today, and my dinner is likely to be cold pizza, consumed while sitting on the floor of a conference room.

You might think I’d be hating my life right now. You’d be wrong. I’ve never been happier.

It’s a good thing that I had no real clue what I was in for when I walked in my first day. If I’d known, I think I would have been too scared to move. With no expectations, I could just stand under the firehose and take it all in without anything getting in the way.

And what a ride it’s been.

I can’t find the scene on YouTube & don’t have time to rip it from my DVD, but there’s a snippet from early in Season One of “The West Wing” where new White House employee Charlie Young is watching his first Presidential TV taping from the back of the Oval Office:

Charlie: Iโ€™ve never felt like this before.
Josh: It doesnโ€™t go away.

I know the feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

Time has never flown faster than it has this year, and if I’ve ever worked harder I’ve blocked the memory out. (Actually, that’s not true. The summers I worked 1-week summer stock theater, I worked harder, but that was only for 3 months at most.)

I’ve also had the privilege to work with a team of intelligent, funny, hardworking colleagues both inside and outside Adobe. A better or more passionate community you cannot find. I’ve found a home here, I think, and I hope it continues for a long time to come.

I know that some day I may look back at this blog entry through the eyes of an older, more burned-out self and feel sad, disillusioned, or cynical. It could happen. But after a full year of full-throttle, it’s not even close to going away.

I am a lucky, lucky girl.

Thanks to all of you who’ve been along for the ride and made it so worthwhile.

5 thoughts on “One Year Later”

  1. Any sane person would have run for the hills if she’s known what you were signing up for.

    Great to hear you are still enjoying it, in spite of the baptism of Summit fire ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keep up the good work. Maybe you’ll get time off for good behaviour ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. Congratulations! As both an Adobe Community Expert and a User Group Manager, I have to say, I’m really glad you made the decision to come on board at Adobe.

    You have done a remarkable job, at a time with enormous of change. But change is good. And I think you’ve proven that.

    Thanks for everything you do! You are appreciated.


  3. Rachel,
    I’ve been so happy to see you so happy. It was a long road to your dream job and you deserve it.

  4. Rachel – you are awesome and we are so lucky to have you! And, has it really been a year already? Yikes! – mt

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