One Year Ago Today

Every morning I get an e-mail from Timehop with my top tweets and Facebook statuses from the year before on that day. It’s always really fun to remember what I was up to, how I was feeling, and see how slow or fast time seems like it’s going. My blog is a great memory keeper, and so are the Timehop e-mails.

This morning, this gem was in my Timehop e-mail:

Timehop Tweet

I worked at the largest IP law firm in Canada and we used outdated technology (the highlight of my entire time there: getting a flatscreen monitor) and even more outdated software. Why? Because it was “too difficult” for the employees to learn how to use the next version of Microsoft office. It was 2011 and we were teaching people how to use a program that they were likely using when it came out 8 years earlier. My frustration was perfectly outlined in this tweet from Kenny:

Timehop tweet

“It’s things like that, that remind me why it is incredibly frustrating for new grads who can’t get a job.” – I was doing exactly that. Looking for other work, only a couple years out of university and fresh out of an additional certificate program. And people who didn’t know how to work a program they had been using for 8 years had good jobs at companies that didn’t care that one of their newer, underpaid employees was teaching people how to copy and paste almost daily. I felt stifled and unhappy.

What a difference a year makes…


One year later, on the exact same calendar day, I feel incredibly happy and blessed to be doing exactly what I want to be doing. I refuse to be stagnant, in my business or in my technology. Today’s Timehop e-mail reminded me why I’m doing what I’m doing, even if it means 14 hour days and working through the weekend πŸ™‚

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  1. January 19, 2013 / 3:40 pm

    We only moved to Windows 7, Office 2010 and IE8 late last year, and I heard numerous coworkers kvetching about how hard it was to use, which would drive me crazy to no end.

    Then again, this is the same organization that would have managers train me on their processes, and copy and paste in Excel like:

    Click cell
    Click Edit
    Click Copy
    Click new cell
    Click Edit
    Click Paste

    Keyboard shortcut? What’s that?

    *sigh* I figure eventually people will wise up and start learning that new software is generally created to make life EASIER, not harder, but old dogs and next tricks just don’t mix, amirite?

    Old dogs is a mindset, not an age, though, as I’ve come to learn from many a tweetchat this past year πŸ™‚

    I’m done rambling!

  2. January 27, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    First time visiting your site and I just love this posting. It’s exactly what I needed to read! A simple reminder of what a difference a year can make. And that while in the moment you may not be where you dreamed, all of that can change if you put in the work. So thanks πŸ™‚

    • JamieLeighTO
      January 27, 2013 / 6:48 pm

      Thanks for reading, Bee! One of my favourite parts about the Timehop service is the ability to reflect on how much things have (and haven’t!) changed in the past year. It’s a great way to reflect on everything that has happened πŸ™‚