You Can Call Me Santa

Sooooooooooo it’s no surprise that I’ve had a busy, draining couple of months. I’ve blogged about it once or twice and I’ve continued to say things like ‘the end is near’; ‘it’s almost over’; ‘it’s just a one time thing’; ‘it won’t happen again’; etc. to my loved ones who are seriously concerned about me.

Well, it’s almost over; I expect it to be over by Monday; just like I expected it to be over September 7, October 1, and now, I’m stating it for the record….I expect it to be over by October 22.

I’m not complaining. I’m setting the stage y’all. All this hard work is coming to fruition. It’s literally paying off.

You know I’m on a never-ending quest for improvement. How can we do it better, faster, clearer, more responsibly? This theme of ongoing improvement drives me to read as much as possible, listen to as many audio books as possible, and consume as much information as possible about the things that are important to me.

I read something about a year and a half ago, on my quest with @Nicolle to find the best interview questions that would indicate success in our workplace, when interviewing new hires. We hypothesized over common traits that our “seekers” have and developed interview questions to dig into those areas. In my research of ‘best interview questions’ I came across one that Facebook uses, that I have adopted as my favorite interview question — or the biggest tell when I am beginning to work with new team members.

I love the question, because it’s the most perfect question that allows the interviewer/committee to glean information from a rather indirect question. I loved it when I first read it because I knew immediately how I would answer it and I loved the fact that the question propelled me to identify something about myself. (Yes I know I’m being vague. I’m not going going to give it away.)

Long story short — two parts of my answer to my favorite interview question happened today and I’m on cloud nine. Broken, starving, sleep deprived, arthritic, cloud nine. (1) Because I got to spend part of my day brainstorming with some of the smartest people on the planet, also with huge hustles, (that I respect the shit out of) and (2) Because I got to spend part of the day delivering.

Delivering you ask? Yes. Delivering.

Mother f-ing delivering.

While I could barely form sentences without wondering if anyone else could catch on to the fact that my brain is so foggy from so much problem solving and analysis, I. Got. To. Deliver. Finally. I’m not just ‘all talk’.

The fruits of my labor over the past few months got to be delivered over and over and over today. I got to play Santa Claus and deliver presents to people I love. To solve their problems. To alleviate their pain points. To surprise and delight them.

That makes it worth while.

So, mic drop, 3 beers in, take out mexican food on the counter, waiting for my delayed gratification ass to chow down.

You can call me Santa.




And I will go back to regular balanced work/life/sleep Katie next week. I promise. #holdmeaccountable #watchme

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Katie Helgesen

Katie Helgesen is the Senior Director of Business Intelligence at Dealer Inspire, a fast-growing and award winning technology company near Chicago. Katie and her husband, Todd, have 4 awesome kids and love living in a small community centered on a lake in northwest Indiana. Baseball, t-ball, and soccer schedules are just a few pieces of Katie’s Mom Hustle. Her daydreams revolve around finding more “me time” and traveling. In real life, Katie keeps herself sane with naps, Netflix and eating out as often as she can.