Working at Theo has been a really big part of my life. I started there at the age of 21 working in the confections packing room. While boxing up confections was never my dream job, I had, just a year prior, abandoned my plan of becoming a fashion designer, dropped out of school, moved from New York back to Seattle, and gone back to life working retail. Not just retail, but retail while working for the worst boss I have ever had. Needless to say, I was not in the best place, but this was a step in the right direction.
Pretty much as soon as I started at Theo I knew I was working somewhere special. My new co-workers were so warm, welcoming, and AWESOME. Within my first month I had gone to a company party, made friends, and started to truly feel at home.
As time passed, I moved into the retail store, where, in addition to selling chocolate, I also gave tours of the factory. In my three years in the store, I probably gave somewhere around 1,000 tours to people from all around the world (including Dave Matthews! Ha!). For a gal who is freaked out by public speaking and hates being the center of attention, this is a pretty major accomplishment. But trust me, I still got nervous ever single time. Working in the store kept me surrounded by the most compassionate, supportive, and hilarious group of people I have ever met, many of whom have become dear, dear friends.
After taking on various responsibilities, I eventually moved into the office as a receptionist, doing work that really played to my strengths. I was less stressed out, and I was really content with the work I was doing. I felt fortunate to be give such a great opportunity that has really changed my career path, and I felt proud of myself for having worked hard enough to earn it.
In my time at Theo, I've been given opportunities I may have never gotten elsewhere; I've been given guidance that has helped me grow leaps and bounds from the person I was at age 21; I've been surrounded by an amazing group of some of the most supportive people I've ever met; I've made some of the best friends I've ever had; and I have had so. much. fun.
I love to learn, grow, and be challenged, and because of that, I made the decision to take a new position with a great non-profit that will really let me stretch wings. While I'm excited and ready for a new challenge, I'm definitely leaving Theo with a heavy heart.
To everyone I've worked with at Theo over the years, thank you for everything. I'm going to miss working with you so, so much.
Oh man, I am feeling all the feelings right now! Thanks to everyone for reading along today. Ya'll are the best!
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