The Gratitude Journals | September 9, 2015


Angeline and I at one of the office’s photo booth days!

Is it any surprise that I missed another Gratitude Journal post? Well, I suppose I didn’t miss it, but I’m fashionably late once again. In my defense, this past Sunday I was at Seattle’s Bumbershoot music festival for three days and was extremely distracted and exhausted. Sundays may be poor days to schedule these posts, after all.

Nevertheless, today is Wednesday and Wednesdays are always great days to focus on the many things we have to be grateful for to get us over the hump of the week!

I’ve been thinking about what I want this post to be about, and today it just feels right to write about how thankful I am for my internship experience thus far. As many of you know due to previous blog posts/videos/giveaways, I’ve been working for a small philanthropic business called Compendium this past spring and summer. I’m working on their Sales and Marketing team, and although my heart doesn’t belong necessarily in that sect of the company, I still have gained so much from my experience.

I don’t see myself doing sales or marketing for a company, and I’m not even sure I want to build a career in the for-profit realm, but if I ever were to work for a for-profit long-term, it would be this one. I’ve gotten to own and work on my own projects, I have been well-respected within the company by my co-workers (and friends!), and this community of people clearly wants to make a positive impact on the world. Although driving sales is definitely a primary goal of any company, Compendium truly seeks to create products that inspire individuals and families to lead happier lives. And if I feel comfortable selling anything, it’s going to be happiness.

Talking to my fellow college students who have been interning this summer, so many of them are working 7 am – 7 pm days, and most of that time is spent getting coffee for people. Most of my friends are not respected in their work environment, and they really just do most of the dirty work around the office. My internship experience has been so different from that that I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of working environment that would be like. At the end of the day, I just feel so incredibly blessed that this opportunity fell into my lap like it did.

I feel very secure in the fact that I was meant to have this job experience. I was meant to get a taste of this kind of business, seeing as all my other internship experiences have been for NGO’s. I was meant to get a glimpse into this company, and I feel like there’s a high possibility I may end up back here after graduation.

The Compendium family is very aware of my blog, so if any of my co-workers are reading this by chance, I just want to say thank you for making this such an incredibly positive experience for me. As I head into my junior year of college, I feel a little more stable in the fact that I’m half-way through school and will be facing the “real world” sooner than I think. Seeing the joy and satisfaction these employees get out of their work gives me hope for my future, and I’m beyond grateful that I’ve been able to witness that.

If you would like to check out what Compendium is all about, click here to visit their website or read some of the blog posts that include their products!



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