Watching My Mother Go From Frontline Worker To Patient In Her Own Hospital And Everything In Between

Before reading this, please know the content below is sensitive, meaning it is a very true and real piece of me which may embark strong feelings in you if you can relate to this part of my and/or my mother’s story.

Given the current circumstances of our world, my intentions of writing this are to hopefully make you feel less alone in your pain if you have gone through something similar, to bring awareness to the severity of COVID-19 and the reality of our frontline workers, to normalize talking about really, really difficult times, and to find healing by expressing…


While my current and past work experiences have certainly influenced a lot of my thinking in this area, it is important to note that the content below reflects my opinion and not that of my current or former employers.

Background

The last 5+ years, I have managed software products that range from consumer facing websites and mobile applications to backend data services to internal tools that publish content across various platforms seen by millions of people.

In 2014, I kicked off my career at Tradesy, a venture-backed startup company that is now one of the top online marketplaces.
I started in Customer Service and shortly after moved into Product taking ownership of a variety of products including internal tools/operations and parts of the Selling Experience. …


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Background

This year I started to compile a list of Product Management resources I could turn to when I needed inspiration or just wanted to learn something new. Why? My reading list saved to my browser was getting longer and longer and more and more people began to reach out to me asking where they could locate documentation or readings to help them learn Product fundamentals. Below you will find 82 resources: articles, blogs, books, podcasts, and websites you can turn to when you’re in the mood to master your Product craft or just need a boost in the right direction…


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Background

I spend a lot of my time thinking.

Actually, I spend a lot of my time overthinking to the point I can feel mentally paralyzed by life. If you are reading this, I imagine you are in a similar situation — stuck at home, quarantined due to the pandemic, and at a point in your life where you are physically or mentally unable to make progress and feel like you are hitting-a-wall. No matter how hard you try you’re just not getting the same results as you used to. Does this ring true to you?

At the beginning of Spring, I felt so stuck, isolated, trapped in my own head, unhappy, confused, even depressed.

For months, I tried various forms of therapy, yoga, meditation, and other suggested…


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Background

Times are really hard right now for most. Anxiety is as infectious as coronavirus and I find it important to open up the conversation about this. Personally, I am on day 30 of isolation in these quarantine times. Luckily, the past few months, I have been working on ways to get unstuck, combat anxiety, and express myself despite my insecurities. As a result, I have been able to manage loss, uncertainty, and fear of the future on most days, but it’s really, really hard. It’s painful and takes work.

Integrating gratitude into my daily life has become essential in order…


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While my current and past work experiences have certainly influenced a lot of my thinking in this area, it is important to note that the content below reflects my opinion and not that of my current or former employers.

Background

The role of a Product Manager is a mystery to most. Four-plus years into my career and I still get questionable looks from friends and family when they ask me what I do. I imagine my parents hoped I crossed paths with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates in another lifetime while my hometown friends question how I went from being surrounded…


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  1. Creativity begins to rank higher than other people’s opinions of your work. Your art is for your soul- flourish! “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” — Epictetus
  2. You say, “I can’t” or “no” instead of “maybe” if you know you don’t want to or cannot attend an event.
  3. On the flipside, you say, “yes!” right away if your gut immediately knows the answer. Your inner voice knows what is best for you. Bye mind games. Hello, authenticity!
  4. When you’re upset, you skip out on partying and binge-drinking. …


November 22 — December 21

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A Sagittarius thrives off experience and is constantly on the hunt for the highest truth. Ruled by the archer, the centaur: a mythical creature that is half-human, half-horse.

This symbolization represents a truth-seeking soul with animal-like instincts. Always dreaming of brighter days and galloping off to greener pastures where their hooves can run free. This optimistic, hedonistic, fiery enigma can be hard to pin down. Know that passion, curiosity, and truth are the driving forces behind their intensity.

THE OPTIMIST

A Sagittarius lives by the notion of endless possibility and is on a constant quest for wisdom.


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A never ending, manic frenzy consumes me; a restless, electric energy that refuses to be still. I feel suffocated in this apartment; trapped in my own head. I envy those who know how to silence their inner voice. Mine is always screaming at me in a constant, ambivalent monologue that runs in circles around the crevices of my brain. Living in a 500 square foot space makes you stir crazy after awhile.

I glance at the 34 x 46 poster hanging above my keyboard. Why did I buy that? I connect with this painting; fascinated by the blue and purple…


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After a long month, I stare into my tapestry as I open my front door. I can’t help but notice the complexity and exoticness. It is only two shades of color: black and white, no room for grey, with a reoccurring pattern. I stare long enough to relate it to my own being.

I bounce other’s words back and forth between the right and left halves of my brain. The logical half comforts the other, my inner voice quietly trying to drown out the background noise:

“What others think about you is none of your business.” …

Kristin Rivait

Product at NBCUniversal prev. NFL Media & Tradesy; Author of ‘This Will Set Me Free’ available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Books-A-Million.

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