Just Breathe, It’s only the Holidays

You might have noticed a lack of tales from our little Silicon Valley gang in the last few weeks. Actually if your life is anything like ours, you probably didn’t. Just as we passed Thanksgivukkah, many of the authors and I got wrapped up in the day-to-day turmoil of pre-holiday life while working on Community in the Digital Age.

I see little things every day. San Francisco is full of shopping tourists and the highways are clogged with Sunday drivers every day of the week. I’m reminded that Long Commutes are Normal and that there is No such thing as a Reverse Commute.  There are daily parties filling my calendar and I’m feeling a bit sleep deprived.  Maybe that’s why I even find myself worrying about Mo Money, Mo Problems.

How much is that doggie in the window?

How much is that doggie in the window?

Everyone is looking for some stress relief whether we’re Hitched to a Startup Cowboy or have the Unglamorous Reality of a Working Mom. My preferred stress relief is walking by the Macy’s holiday windows to look at the cute puppies and kittens. I wonder if I should consider becoming a Dog-Sharer?

The great thing about the holidays is everyone wants to catch up.  I’ve been able to speak with a lot of the SiliconValleyTale authors. With some, I discuss how to find meaning and a job in Silicon Valley. Most people just need A Stroke of Luck with Big Data to avoid The Accidental Tech Career. A lot of us have landed in great situations because we Treat Job Hunting Like a Venture Capitalist. We use Millennial Real-Time Lessons and consider the possibility of being a Serial Entrepreneur.

While I am firmly planted in my Silicon Valley tech roots, some of the authors will use the holiday break to reconsider priorities.  They will think about flipping a coin to say “Heads, California. Tales, Michigan,” figure out the way to Finally Write That Book or switch industries and see Google Alerts in a whole new light.

There just doesn’t seem to be any type of technology to help sort out the holiday angst. Maybe Task Rabbit? I’ll keep looking for another moment to add to the list started in Congratulations, It’s a Technology Marketer.  For now, I’ll just have another eggnog and wait for an opportunity to get some Remote Appreciation in 2014.

In the meantime, we wish you and your families all the best in this holiday season. We’ll be back in February with more Silicon Valley Tales.

One thought on “Just Breathe, It’s only the Holidays

  1. You hit the nail on the head. I have been reconsidering priorities this holiday season. Perhaps I’ve been too much “all work” and not enough play. Hooray for time off! Merry Christmas to everyone…

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