5 THINGS I LEARNED BY TAKING ON A NEW JOB FOR A WEEK
by Irene Kim
If you’ve been following @sundayforever’s Instagram stories for the past week, you might’ve noticed that our very own Olivia has been away traveling Italy. As you also might’ve known, our team is very small (but very mighty), so the idea of having our brand director away for ten days seemed a bit daunting - especially because it became my responsibility to take on a good portion of her role at the office. While I felt extremely underprepared and unconfident in taking on this position, I think it goes without saying that I gained so much from the short few days I experienced working a “New Job.”
1. The Ins and Outs, Technical Skills & Everything in Between
With us being a small team, it’s safe to say that everyone does a little bit of everything. But over the past two years that I’ve been with the company, my main role has always been related to content creation and branding - I’d never really dipped my toes too far into some of the more technical, managerial aspects of the company, so this week definitely took me for a whirlwind of new lessons. From inventory and packaging to customer service and quality control, taking on this new role gave me the opportunity to truly learn and immerse myself in different areas of the company that I hadn’t before. Not only did I gain all these amazing technical skills, but it also forced me to be smarter, more efficient and more assertive. I had to learn how to best utilize my time and the resources that I was given to make the most out of the week, and I can say confidently, that it made me grow by leaps and bounds.
2. Appreciation for the Team
Needless to say, taking on all these new responsibilities definitely wasn’t the easiest, and thank goodness for Olivia who helped prep me before she went away, and of course, Ashli our founder + CEO who guided me and encouraged me through it all. Prior to this week, with our team being so close-knit and involved in each other’s day to day, I assumed that I already knew all there was to know about everyone’s responsibilities - silly me. You never truly understand the full weight of responsibilities someone holds on their shoulders until you really walk in their shoes, and oh boy, did I learn that the hard way. Taking on Olivia’s role for the week and working so closely with Ashli definitely made me realize that no one has it easy. There’s so much that each person on this team does that may not seem as obvious to someone looking in from the outside - but it’s the mutual mission we all share to spread magic and goodness into the world that ensures that even the less blatant responsibilities that we each take on are still understood and appreciated by one another. The women on this team are so incredibly driven, hard working and inspiring, but I’m sure you already knew that - I did too, but this week was just another good reminder. Jeez...what would I do without them?
3. Understanding the Company + Its Values
Being with the company for two years now, I thought I already knew about its story, mission and values like the back of my hand, but I guess you can never really learn enough. There’s so much depth behind the birth of Sunday Forever, and sometimes, you may not even realize how every little detail ties into what the brand exemplifies. If you know anything about Sunday Forever, you already know that it’s basically Ashli’s creative brain child - it consists of everything she loves, cherises and wants to share with the world because, in the words of Ashli herself, “you deserve nice things.” Of course this was something I already knew about our brand, as well as it being a mission that I’ve always been genuinely excited to be a part of, but spending the week working so closely with Ashli taught me so much more about the “hows” and “whys” of the company. Every part of the brand, from the way things are packaged for our lovely customers to the way we expose our silly selves on our Instagram stories, is so personal, intentional and crucial - it details Sunday Forever’s personality in its truest form. It was so eye-opening and inspiring to better understand Ashli’s thought process behind every nook and cranny to the company.
4. Learning to be a Leader
Scheduling and quick decision making is really no joke, especially when it involves managing a whole group of girls. While Olivia usually takes the lead in managing schedules and delegating responsibilities to our amazing interns, this week I took on the task of assigning roles to everyone. I’d never really managed a mini team like this before and it definitely took me a minute to become comfortable making decisions for everybody. It made me realize that doing the work that someone asks of you is never as hard as deciding for yourself and others, what everyone’s responsibilities are. The title of “leader” is so often glorified as being powerful and easy, because you can just have people doing everything for you, right? Wrong! Being a leader means thinking ten steps ahead of everyone else, setting an example for work ethic, and making quick decisions when problem solving is necessary. So to everyone who thinks leaders have it easy, think again.
5. Self-confidence + the Joy in Trying Something New
Although I learned an immense amount over the past week, the biggest gain I had was probably a greater sense of self-confidence. I can’t even begin to explain how anxious I felt the weekend before Olivia left for Italy. “Will I be able to fill her shoes? What if I forget something? What if I mess something up?” - the load of worries and self-doubt was pretty endless. But being in a situation where I had no choice but to step up and challenge myself with tasks outside of my norm was the most incredible, invigorating experience. I learned so much about myself over the past week - I uncovered skills that I never realized I had before and tapped into assertive, mindful character traits that I’d never really seen in myself prior to this week. It’s so easy to get comfortable and complacent with how you spend your time, but you never truly know what you’re capable of until you force yourself to try something new. I’m not saying anything will come easy or comfortably - in fact, it’ll probably be the opposite. But I’ve learned to embrace discomfort, as it is one of the greatest teachers. As much as I love the creative content creator in me, it made me discover this whole other side to me that has now left me feeling confident and hungry for all the more ways I can learn and grow.
IRENE KIM IS THE ASSISTANT EDITOR AT THE THE SUNDAY ISSUE AND MARKETING ASSISTANT AT SUNDAY FOREVER. WHEN NOT CREATING MAGICAL CONTENT YOU CAN FIND HER DINING WITH HER FRIENDS AT SOME COOL NEW PLACE EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. FOLLOW IRENE @_IRENEKIM