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31 Thank Yous: Never-Ending Inbox

Each day in August I’m saying “thank you” to one person/place/thing that’s helped define who I am and where I am today. I’m encouraging each of you to participate on your own blog. and if you’re the hashtag type, we’re using #31ty on Twitter.

Dear Never-Ending Inbox,

Thank you, never-ending inbox for reminding me that I have shit to do.

Now, there’s a fine line between good busy and bad busy, but busy is still busy, and every day I get emails from clients means I must be doing something right (and that I get to eat).

As a young entrepreneur who only a couple years ago had no idea that running my own business would be a reality, you, never-ending-inbox are a constant reminder that I’m on the right track, and that as long as the emails keep coming, I can continue to put money in the bank and food on the table.

I try desperatley to leave you empty at the end of every single day, sometimes I’m more successful than others, but ultimately when an email pops up, even if it’s one I REALLY don’t want to answer or one that comes FIRST THING on a Monday morning (because people apparently don’t sleep), it’s a good sign.

So thank you, never-ending inbox, but also screw you, because sometimes I’m just not in the mood for the emails you continue to deliver at an (at times) unrelenting pace. From now on, at least on Sunday mornings, cut me a break.

Signed,

A guy who has too many emails already for 8:30am on a Monday, Matt.


31 Thank Yous: Instagram

Each day in August I’m saying “thank you” to one person/place/thing that’s helped define who I am and where I am today. I’m encouraging each of you to participate on your own blog. and if you’re the hashtag type, we’re using #31ty on Twitter.

Dear Instagram,

Thank you (and your filters) for making real life look way cooler.

Signed,

Your dangerous-with-an-iPhone-camera user, Matt


31 Thank Yous: People Who Like Every One of my Facebook Status Updates (that isn’t my Mom)

Each day in August I’m saying “thank you” to one person/place/thing that’s helped define who I am and where I am today. I’m encouraging each of you to participate on your own blog. and if you’re the hashtag type, we’re using #31ty on Twitter.

Dear People Who Like Every One of my Facebook Status Updates (that isn’t my Mom),

You know who you are.

Thank you for making me feel popular. Seriously, without you, people who “like” just about anything I post on Facebook, I’d feel like a pretty big loser.

You, Facebook friends, make mundane, routine events that much more awesome with one click of the mouse.

And Mom, I love you, but unfortunately parent “likes” don’t add any cool points.

So thank you, everyone who “likes” this and who continues to show some love on the Facebook.

Sincerely,

Matt (aka the guy who’s life seems much cooler online than it is in real life)


31 Thank Yous: My Office

Each day in August I’m saying “thank you” to one person/place/thing that’s helped define who I am and where I am today. I’m encouraging each of you to participate on your own blog. and if you’re the hashtag type, we’re using #31ty on Twitter.

Dear Office,

I used to hate going into an office. I loathed the routine of getting up in the morning, showering, grabbing a cup of coffee, sitting in traffic and listening to talk radio on the commute into work.

The routine got old very fast – and by the ripe old age of 24, I had enough. I told myself that someday I’d have a job that didn’t require me to come into an office every day. That someday, I could work at home from my PJs while watching Saved by the Bell reruns.

And well, that day came much sooner than expected. As I left the corporate world and began my journey as an entrepreneur, I had more freedom than I knew what to do with.

I actually had TOO MUCH freedom. I quickly learned that working in PJs while watching Saved by the Bell wasn’t actually all-that productive. That I needed to find a dedicated work space. And that especially, as my company (Proof) continued to grow, it was extremely important to have a place that we could not only meet with clients, but more importantly, a place to work from, a place to collaborate with others…

And most important of all, a place to leave my work behind at the end of the day.

I’m still working on that last part. But I’m getting there. Today, my office (aka “The Distillery”) is a place I love coming into. Maybe it’s because it’s the office of the company I helped start – but it’s a place where, as they say, “the magic happens”. We write proposal, sign clients, think creativley, listen to music, eat Oatmeal Cream Pies, drink beers, and shake hands with clients.

Having an office has helped our business exponentially in just two short months since signing the lease.

But more importantly, it’s helped me get an important piece of my personal life back. That piece that used to leave work at work. I’m establishing what everyone always preaches about and craves: balance. My work is a huge part of my life, but it isn’t my life. I have my office to thank for reminding me of that each and every day when I pack things up and head home.

So here’s to you, office, and all the meetings and memories you’ll continue to be a part of for years to come.

Signed, your loyal tenant,

Matt


31 Thank Yous: Days WITH Internet

Each day in August I’m saying “thank you” to one person/place/thing that’s helped define who I am and where I am today. I’m encouraging each of you to participate on your own blog. and if you’re the hashtag type, we’re using #31ty on Twitter.

Dear Days With (working) Internet,

A few days ago, I may have rubbed you the wrong way. I’m sorry. Because, without you, Internet, I wouldn’t be where I am.

I wouldn’t have my own business. I wouldn’t be typing this from a coffee shop at 9am on a Tuesday. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with people I don’t really remember on Facebook or brag about about 4,775  Twitter followers.

You, Internet, complete me. And while days without you are a nice break from time to time, I need you. I love you.

I’ve been without you for almost a week now at home – and after yet another fun call with AT&T this morning, I learned that I’ll be without you for at least another seven days. It’s a damn shame.

Yes, it’s a first-world problem, but running an Internet business without the Internet is no easy task. For now I will have to go to the office or go to a coffee shop to enjoy you.

The next seven days will continue to remind me that while you aren’t everything, and while there’s a whole life to be had without you, life is a lot easier – and more complex, with you in it. You, Internet, are the ultimate Catch 22.

Somehow, someway, I’ll get through the next seven days without you and I’ll find solace that our time apart will make our reunion all the sweeter.

Signed Your frustrated-with-AT&T-wondering-who-the-heck-doesn’t-have-a-single-phone-jack-in-their-house-in-2011-new-homeowner,

Matt