January 20th, 2017

  1. August 6th, 2015
    I sat down at my desk that was positioned strategically in front of one of our office's several Apple TV's. Our writing and PR crew gathered around my hub, the SF team was on a google hangout on one of my desk monitors. We watched the first Republican Primary Debate, simultaneously working on the next day's pitch and laughing at the absurdity of the ordeal. All while stifling the fear that this circus was our leadership. It's okay, we still had a while....
  2. November 10, 2015
    One year away from Election Day. Another Republican Primary Debate. It feels like we've watched a million at this point. There's only been ONE Democratic debate. But hey, I guess you don't need that many debates when you only have three candidates. When there's 16 (??!) candidates it takes a while for people to decide. (Does it though??!) We worked, order post-mates, created gifs of what were sure to be the next day's memes. There was still that fear. It's okay, we still had a while....
  3. March 1st, 2016
    Super Tuesday. I wore my "Make Atlanta Great Again" hat that I bought as a joke. I also wore my American flag shirt and shoes. We worked until 3 or 4 in the morning? Eventually I took the hat off. It didn't seem like a joke anymore. It's okay, we still had a while....
  4. July 21, 2016
    Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee. What a lot of people dismissed as a "joke" very quickly became a reality. The reality TV star was now going to represent Abraham Lincoln's party as the nominee for President. As we scrambled to cover the RNC that week, there was less laughter and memes. It's okay, we still had a while...
  5. July 28, 2016
    Hillary Clinton becomes the first female candidate in history to represent a major political party for President. There was hope in the voices of the state representatives as they cast their star vote counts during the roll call. As we scrambled to cover the events of the DNC that week, there was more hope and optimism. It was going to be okay, we had her...
  6. November 8, 2016
    I flew to San Francisco to be with our PR team on Election Day. We had a lot of material to cover and a lot to pitch out. We watched as the votes started pouring in. We watched as hope started to fade. I got up and left the office and locked myself in my hotel room because I couldn't bear to listen to the news confirm my worst fears. We had run out of time.
  7. November 9, 2016
    I needed air, space, sleep, food. I had been awake for over 36 hours listening to Wolf Blitzer say "This just in, another state going red!" I hopped in an Uber and drove out to the bay. I walked out to the beach, flung off my boots and just stood in the water - emotionless. A dog came up to me and gave me a stick, so I played with him. I couldn't fathom what was going to happen next. Were we going to be okay? Was there enough time?
  8. December 8th, 2016
    My company laid off 60% of our employees. Working for a startup, you know the risks. But I guess I just loved what I did and the people I worked for so much I was too blind to see. I had been thrust into the job market that doesn't hire until January. The same time that we'd be getting a new President. I'd be jobless in Trump's America. How is that okay? Would I have enough time to find a job?
  9. January 20th, 2017
    The White House is currently empty. Obama is still our President for five more hours. In five hours, a reality TV star and hotel owner will become the 45th President of the United States. Instead of worrying about me, I'm going to be proactive in helping others who are about to have it much worse than me n five hours. I'm going to advocate for those who are about to lose their rights and tell them, "It's okay, we have time."