What I don’t know
I used to be sure about a lot of things.
I grew up in an environment of certainty, only to find out that the world is a huge mystery and that half the fun is in the adventure of seeking. This means there are a lot of things I don’t know and that I’ve come to terms with that.
It also means that it is okay for you to not know stuff. We are at our best when we are exploring the mystery together.
What I do know
Building cool shit is fun. It is even more fun when you gather the smartest people and do it together. That is what I love about my job.
I also think the world is worth seeing and that our friend was right when he said,
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
That is why you’ll find I talk a lot about seeing places, going on adventures, and viewing the world through another person’s eyes. I saw the world through the pages of books before I ever set foot in a Spanish beach, or an Indian street market, or on a tiny island in the Swedish archipelago. To that end, you’ll also find that books are a major influence and theme of this blog.
What I want to know
I believe every single day should be filled to the brim with laughter, gratitude, and love. And I’m doing my best to let those three things guide where my eyes look, what my ears listen to, and the pace of the beat of my heart.
Yes, I make my living leading teams in building things. I also spend a lot of time reading and writing. But what I want to know is what you think. What makes you hum with energy? What fills you up inside until you can’t stand it and need to tell someone? What old hurts are made fresh when you get stuck in toxic culture? What do you need to hear from me in order to save yourself and be your own hero?
I am passionate about a few things including:
- Building products that solve real customer needs
- Books…I can never get enough
- Coaching and mentoring those who often just need to be heard to take the next step
- Building healthy organizational structures and cultures
- Travel and what it can do to make us better humans
I live in London, vote in Seattle, am a New Mexican by heart, and am a Californian by birth. I am unendingly curious, notoriously outspoken, a little broken, and a lot of fun. I drink strong black coffee, prefer craft beer, red wine, and have expensive taste in brown liquors. My cats are often featured on my Instagram and I have a family and friends who are as essential to me as oxygen.
Please feel free to share your comments and questions on the blog or email me at Leah@LeahFarmer.com