For those of you who have been following my journey via social media and in real-life friendship, you know that I have been interning with a non-profit called Krochet Kids intl. in Southern California. I’m already about a month in and I’m still pinching myself that I even get to be here. My title as an intern is ‘Social Media & Communications Intern’. What that entails, essentially, is that I spend time planning, writing, and organizing content for our social media channels, taking supplemental photos for our channels or contests, and getting to dabble in some of the marketing efforts here at KKi. Let me tell ya, there is an art to Social Media that I had no idea about! My days are full, my brain gets tired, and by the end of the day, all I want to do is lay on a couch and do nothing. My typical day: Get into the office at 9am. Make some coffee. Get on Pinterest and start pinning the pins for that day. From there, depending on what part of the week it is, I usually spend my day planning out posts for either Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest. We plan about 5-8 posts per day for each platform. I never would have guessed that there was a science and pattern to which types of content to post and when! For lunch, we usually just pack it, but once a week we get to go out lunch with one of the staff members. This is one of our favorite times because we get to ask questions and pry into the minds and hearts of the people who run Krochet Kids intl. Its a really special, humbling time for us because we get to understand the sacrifices that these people have made to make a tangible difference in people’s lives in Uganda and Peru. After lunch, I usually spend the rest of my day continuing to make content for our platforms, work on some analytics (which is pretty much just tracking who interacts with your site, how much, if they bought anything, etc), and taking instagram photos to supplement our brand! At some point throughout the day, there have probably been free doughnuts brought in from Sidecar Doughnuts down the street. Let me tell ya, I don’t think I’ve ever had so many gourmet doughnuts offered to me on a regular basis. It’s pretty dangerous.
-Our bosses surf. Alot. Usually before work. And during lunch. And after work.
-The staff is cool. I mean…really cool.
-We get too many free doughnuts. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.
-It’s a very common thing to find wetsuits hanging and drying in random places around the office.
-Alot of the staff is guys. And you know, when an office is full of young dudes, work is just more fun.
–If I could sum up the staff in a few words: authentic, loving, and determined to change the world in whatever way they can.
I’m so thankful to be here. Everyday I feel myself adjusting to this new workplace, this new area. An unfamiliar territory is slowly becoming familiar, and honestly, I want it to stop. I never want to get ‘used to’ waking up to the sound of people riding their bikes early in the morning. I never want to get used to walking down to the beach, coffee and bible in hand, to start my day. I never want to get used to passing palm trees and succulents and vibrant wild flowers on my way to the office. I never want to get used to the fact that we don’t have AC because the weather rarely gets above 85, but we’re usually still sweating because of the lack of air flow in the warehouse. I never want to get used to seeing the sun set over the Pacific every night. I want to savor every moment here, and getting comfortable makes me feel like moments of gratitude are slipping out of my hands. I want to wake up every day smelling the salt in the air like its the first time and notice that it feels a little funny to my nose. I want to walk out to the beach still amazed at how soft the sand is beneath my toes. I want to see each sunset amazed that God would look at me and see a daughter worth painting it for. I just don’t want to forget, or neglect, or look over any small moments. Because they matter. And I’m grateful. I’m so so grateful.