June Roundup: A Time for Reflection

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Yes, we know. We're well into July already with this June roundup.

It's been a busy few weeks. We've all taken some time off. A team member got married. We celebrated the 4th of July holiday. 

Life around the office has been a bit chaotic, to say the least.

As we thought about what we might like to focus on this month, one thing stood out.

Fisheye turned 2 years old on June 15. The past two years have been a period of great change, transition and growth for our entire team. We decided each of us would write a reflection on our time here—whether we've been around since the beginning, or for just a few months. 


TROY — Fisheye Turns Two

Fisheye Marketing officially turned two years old on June 15.

Wow.

It was a humbling feeling. It’s probably the feeling a parent has at their child’s second birthday party. How have I been able to keep something like this alive for two years?

The second birthday at Fisheye was bittersweet. I’ll start with the sweet.

We have awesome clients. We have an office. We have a team— a team that has families—and gets married (looking at you, Andrea). We have projects. We have work. We have meaning and a budding culture.

Every day, I drive to our downtown Sioux Falls office. I brainstorm other things I could be doing at the age of 28. Aside from playing golf on the PGA Tour, I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. That means I’m working, and living my dream life.

The sweet.

I’ll be honest though. Part of me in June of 2016 would have thought we’d be further along right now than we are. Maybe we’d hold more accounts. Maybe we’d have a larger team. I don’t know specifics— I just thought “further along.”

Sure, there are things I could have done differently. Lessons were learned, and experience gained.

But ultimately, I tell our team this.

“It’s a slow grow, but the biggest fish take the longest to mature.”

We have so much to be grateful for.

No two-year-old is a finished product. Not by any means. Most two-year-olds can barely talk. At least we can all talk.

But a two-year-old is something to be proud of. And I’m proud as ever of this company and our team.

Onward and upward!


ASHLEY — Balancing Motherhood & Professional Life

One of the most difficult decisions as a mother is whether to work at home or outside the home.

I never thought I would have such a hard time deciding. Motherhood is not for the faint of heart; it's a juggling act, a transition from sleeping in to sleepless nights to staying up late watching a movie to staying up late with a crying baby, and just finding time to be myself.

It’s also one of my most prized accomplishments. Watching this tiny human go through each milestone, learning the ABC’s, talking, and riding a bike make life a lot simpler and lovely. 

Working part-time during this stage of motherhood has been a time for me to think for myself, provide new challenges, have an income, and be in a job that still allows me to be a mother.

I knew I needed to make a change and I’m very thankful Fisheye Marketing is giving me the opportunity to pursue another avenue of my professional life.


ANDREA — One Thing After Another

The last twelve months have been marked by a string of major life changes—both personal and professional.

I graduated from college in May (go Augie!), started my first post-grad job in August, got engaged in December, and just a couple weeks ago, got married.

It's been an exciting year, to say the least.

Trying to plan a wedding in six months when you're only a few months into your first full-time job sounds a bit daunting, but I couldn't have asked for a better support system at work. 

From flexible scheduling and office hours, to co-workers who invest and care about you as a person, juggling these life changes went smoother than I could have hoped. 

While life might finally be slowing down for me, we always keep things interesting in the Fishbowl. It's been a year of rapid change, learning and growth. I remember fearing the lack of classes and general knowledge gathering that I'd lose out on after leaving college, but in a small company like ours, I learn something new every single day. 

I'm grateful to have such a wonderful team, and the opportunity to do work I care about. Here's to another year!