One branch of my NYC clan is my PEOPLE people. I worked on PEOPLE’s digital team for 7 years, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. During that time I made some life-long friends and learned incredible lessons about collaboration, integrity, creativity and ingenuity. I do not exaggerate when I say my former coworkers are the top-notch talent in publishing and digital development.
In my last post, I wrote about feeling homesick. I felt self-conscious about publishing my complaints about Singapore and that I missed American grocery stores. I thought I sounded entitled but I posted it because I promised to be honest and share my experiences. Right away I got lovely emails and comments from friends who let me know they were rooting for me.Today I got a care package from Maggie, Helen, Caroline, Lauren, Kiran, Karen and Kyle that’s packed with goodies from Whole Foods, a PEOPLE StyleWatch magazine and handwritten notes of encouragement. When I opened the box, I burst into tears. Happy tears! I felt so much love when I saw the five varieties of quinoa and “I HEART NY” t-shirt. Now I know how Hazel and her family felt like when the little cancer patient asked for pizza and the Internet responded in kind.
When you ask the Universe for help, be ready to get it. I shared my vulnerability and was rewarded with kindness, chocolate and a reminder of my blessings. I’ve been slow making friends in Singapore but it’s a huge comfort to know my former work family still has my back. While the organic food will nourish my body, their thoughtfulness nourishes my soul. I feel so loved. Thank you my PEOPLE people! To quote Justin Bieber, your care package just made “one less lonely girl.”