a love letter to my former company

As some of you already know — though many of you don’t — I recently made the very difficult decision to step away from my glorious gig at the big G(oogle). Like, very recently. As in ‘my last day was 8/28’ recently. Yikes.

Let’s be clear. This was not, by any means, one of those dramatic ‘I QUIT’ moments. Sometimes I wish I was that badass. But I’m definitely not. Not even close.

Those of you that really know me, know that I wrestled with this decision for quite awhile. I knew I felt called to pursue a passion in writing. I knew I needed to create real space to do that, not just add it to my ever-growing list of to-do’s. But I did NOT know how to go about actually making that change. I mean, come on! How do you ever really know if it’s the right time to pull the plug on something that has been so great for so long? How do you feel okay about leaping from something so wonderfully certain to something so wildly uncertain?

Well. It ain’t easy, y’all. And I don’t have any silver-bullet advice other than to say that at some point, you just know.

For all intents and purposes, choosing to leave Google was much more like a bittersweet break-up than a gnarly divorce. Truly. Google and I spent 4.5 amazing years together and my life’s course will be forever changed because of my time there. I’ve grown personally and professionally at Google in more ways than I can count. I’ve. learned. so. much. And I’m walking away with a rolodex of wonderfully wacky and whip-smart colleagues, many of whom I’ve come to call my very best friends. You characters know who you are.

Sure, there were tough times, too. I can’t say that I never shed stress-induced tears. My bad. But I can honestly say that I would not change a thing.

As I walk away from the safe-and-soundness of the corporate world and dive into the deep belly of the unknown, I’ll hold tight to a few key lessons from my time at Google like white-on-rice:

  1. People matter. So do deadlines. In that order.
  2. Everyone has something to teach. Never stop being a student.
  3. The world is a big place. Challenge yourself to get outside of your bubble.
  4. The Google Drive App Suite is legit. Use it for everything.
  5. Never. say. never.

Peace for now, Googs! Is it weird to say I love you?

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Until we meet again,
(Girl) Sam

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13 comments on “a love letter to my former company”
  1. Inspiralized says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, Sam!!!!! This is going to be such an exciting new step in your life. I’ve never looked back from taking the plunge into going for my dreams – and I’m sure Google will be proud of whatever creative brilliance you bring into the world!

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    1. Thanks pretty lady! Mega big changes over here, but all very exciting stuff. Thank YOU for being such an inspiration over there in your veggie-noodle paradise! xoxoxo

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  2. Debbie West says:

    Good luck, Sam!

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    1. Thank you little missy! Miss you so very much! 🙂 Appreciate you taking a read of this little guy!

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  3. Kristin says:

    Congrats! I’ve always heard it’s best to leave the party while you are still having fun. Excited to see what is next for you! Good luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristin! Hope your transition to ‘bama has been fruitful so far! We think of you guys often 🙂 Miss you!

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  4. Good for you Sam! Way to follow your passion! I am doing just that right now as well – just finished my 2nd day of nutrition school. Quite the change from the corporate world, but I KNOW it was the right decision, and it was “calling me”. High five!

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  5. Laurie says:

    Courageous, creative and thoughtful young lady here!! May I add Networking Genius!!!! No better path in life than to share the roles of student and teacher!! Love you, girl!!!!

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  6. Frances says:

    It feels so official now and I’m still in denial BUT I am so proud of you for taking this leap of faith! I love you!

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  7. Grace says:

    love this! we miss you so!

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  8. Beje says:

    Wishing you all the best my love! But I miss you terribly. I miss both of you and of course I’ve yet to see little Levi.
    The state of Colorado is my first love. Green Mountain Falls is where I fell in love with Colorado. Its off highway 24 just west of Colorado Springs. Take a trip there in your off season.

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    1. Thank you, Beje! Miss you dearly. Appreciate the CO advice… We will definitely have to check it out!

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