A Love Letter to All My Co-Workers (Past and Present)

There’s something magic and tragic about coworkers. You spend 40 hours a week with them. You form these intense bonds. And then life steps in and before you know it, you’re practically strangers again.

It’s the most pure relationship out there because (for the most part) the reason your friendship ends isn’t because of anything malicious, it’s just life. It’s like the most mutual breakup.

Co-workers see you through your day to day life. They listen to you complain about your dating life, or when you tell funny stories about what your cat did that morning.

They take you out for drinks to commiserate and celebrate.

They make your annoying work life, bearable (and fun sometimes.) We all have that work friend (or friends) that we get excited to see on the schedule.

Moral of the story: Here’s to work friends! Here’s to the laughs, tears, drama, drinks, and love! I love you all from past to present. If you’re an old coworker of mine, feel free to hit me up, let’s grab a beer and reconnect. If you’re not a former coworker of mine, I suggest you reach out to your old work friends. Make the connection, it’s worth it.

-Mikayla Olivia Orrson

The Power of Asking for What You Want

People who know me, know that I am notorious for emailing to get what I want. What do I mean by this? Here’s an example:

There’s this exclusive members only, women’s workspace called The Wing.

Memberships range from $200 to $250 a month. I unfortunately don’t have the money to afford that steep a membership for a workspace. So, I emailed! I sent a lengthy email about who I am, why I’m awesome, what I’m working on, and why they should sponsor me so I don’t have to pay.

How well did this work?

I’m currently at The Wing DUMBO, sipping on wine as I write this.

Here’s the secret, confidence. Confidence isn’t just ‘key,’ it’s the damn door too. If you confidently ask for what you want, people respond in a positive way. Confidence is a powerful asset that a lot of people are afraid to harness because they feel bossy or elitist. Let me tell you, it’s not. Confidence is strength. If you want something, go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? Realistically, if you do nothing, you don’t get what you want. At least this gives you a chance and puts it out there that you have a want!

Moral of the story: Email, text, and vocalize what you want! You can’t get it if you don’t put yourself out there.

-Mikayla Olivia Orrson