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In January, I accepted an offer to work for Rokt, a digital advertising/marketing technology company headquartered in NYC. I was humbled to start my new adventure in Phuket, Thailand. As I embarked on a 30 hour flight and my journey across the globe for a 7-day work retreat – was unforgettable. Not many companies are willing to fly you 9,000 miles away, put you up in a resort, and feed you day and night, while inducting you to the company and celebrating with their other Roktstars on year-end successes.

Rokt marks a returnship for me, returning full-time to work outside of the home; since I became a Mom in 2009. Even though it was not always easy, I will always treasure the opportunity I created for myself to be a Stay at Home Mom to my daughter, Sofia.

Just a few weeks ago, I decided both in order to prep for Sofia’s birthday party and to help with some marketing initiatives at Rokt, that I would purchase a Cricut Joy and EasyPress Mini. Sofia will be turning 11 this year and we are celebrating with an Eleven Stranger Things Theme and at Rokt, our company swag apparel is unisex but more masculine than feminine. I am hoping a sample or two might help streamline us into offering apparel, separate for women and men. I will be using these two projects, as a experiment on whether I should keep my services in house for myself, work, friends and family or take it online. Interim, let me know if you need anything made.

Many of you know that I blog on local things to do where I live in Hudson County. I work at Rokt 42.5 hours a week, plus another 6.5 hours per week of commuting. The returnship adjustment is taking a toll on me, falling asleep on Saturday night at 8:30pm – as if it’s a week night. I may have to carry over my love for coffee into the afternoon too. But unfortunate timing, my website hit some snags in early March, which would make doing what I do (which by the way is for free and for fun) much harder. In the interim, I am pushing my site to my Facebook fanpage until I have the time and energy to find another solution. By the way, if you ever need help in planning fun things to do where you live, work or vacation, let me know – as I am game to add this as a service too.