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Working from Home with Marissa McGee

Marissa McGee graduated from Eastside in 2004.

After what feels like 525,600 minutes of being sheltered in place, I've finally figured out how to make working from home work for me.  Back in March, I was wondering why I was so exhausted. Since home was now my workspace, parts of the day started blending together and I was working longer days. So, I set an alarm to indicate when it was time to stop working for the day. I also changed my virtual background on Zoom, so I take all of my meetings from Barbados.

Next, I found something other than work to keep me busy. To help people stay entertained and connected, I customize games. Technically it's still work since it's part of my small business, but it brings me a lot of joy. Speaking of small businesses...when I don't feel like cooking, I visit my favorites: Cholita Linda, Souley Vegan, and Back A Yard to name a few.

While I have productive days, I also have days that are filled with binge-watching an entire season of a show. Understandably, this is a stressful time for many; we're living through two pandemics -- COVID and systemic racism. So, I've learned that it's important to unplug, close some tabs, and give myself grace.


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