This past week, I reached the grand finale of a number of really important work initiatives, and I think it’s only fair that I now catalogue a great big heaping antidote to all the stress I’ve been experiencing (and complaining about) for the past nine months or so.
Because it was an INCREDIBLE week. I am on a high right now.
A lot of stuff.
And it was a lot of work.
Namely, I was in charge of the winners’ experience for the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (I’ve been running the ADAA competition community for the past year, with an amazing team of offshore designers who are actually past winners of the ADAA themselves, from over a decade ago). I was in charge of throwing these standout student creatives an amazing party that made them feel like “creative pros”. I was in charge of their travel, from all corners of the world. I was in charge of throwing a networking event to help them “launch their careers”. I was in charge of making their prize experience at Adobe MAX meaningful — of finding ways to connect them to other meaningful people and events inside a 10,000-person creativity conference.
And this was just one project, in just one of the two roles I play here at Adobe.
And it all. was. AWESOME.
(Props to Trent for bearing with me through it all; he got to attend the conference this year, too, and it was extra amazing to have him there with me at the end of everything.)
Yes, it was really, really hard getting it all done, and being plugged into Slack for 24 hours a day with 5,300 students who submitted their work from all over the world for a chance to be a part of this, until we whittled it down to 34 finalists and 14 winners. It was hard being on hand to talk to ANY of them, at ANY time, about ANYTHING.
I’m not quite sure how I did it, actually, except that the MORE I did, the more I cared about all of them. And the easier it seemed to get. When I finally met them face to face in San Diego, I couldn’t help myself —
There was a lot of hugging. Huggin’ like a straight up Munga.
I just had to make it all happen for them.
And now it has. And I am so happy – I almost want to do it all over again.
I mean, I do want to do it all over. Just not for a little while yet. Mama needs a VACATION…
See all our pictures of San Diego – including a stopoff with the McMahon family!– here.