Ashlee standing in front of a brick wall looking up to her left and smiling. Her right hand is held up near her right shoulder with the palm facing upwards.

Ashlee M Boyer

You can find me talking about issues surrounding Disability, Accessibility, & Mental Health on Twitter, or you can find me regularly live-knitting or live-coding on Twitch. I'm @AshleeMBoyer on all the platforms I use.

Working in Circle City, Day 3: "Do Better Work"

Part of the Working in Circle City Series

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 β€” 3 minute read


I can't help but find myself fascinated by everything here. While I'm doing my 10-minute walk from my car to the office, I wonder about the stories other people on the street might have to tell. Where do they work? Do they have kids? How long have they been doing this? People watching is quickly becoming such a fun thing to do when I'm out and about the city streets.

We were still having some issues with my set up in the system, so we decided it was time to take a lunch. πŸ˜… I tried another new place: Potbelly Sandwich Shop!

It πŸ‘πŸ» was πŸ‘πŸ» amazing πŸ‘πŸ»

I also met the CEO! He walked up to me right after I had picked up my lunch sandwich, so we fist-bumped instead of shaking hands. 🀣 After lunch, I was expecting to go into a meeting, but it was rescheduled so the team and I continued to look at my setup so I could get coding. We figured it out, and the team lead walked me through my first ticket! I learned about so many things, and am taking note of them to eventually do some further reading:

Tonight I went to the first event of an author series at The Vogue Nightclub in Broad Ripple. Max Yoder, CEO of Lessonly, talked about his book, Do Better Work, answered a few questions, and played a few of his songs for us. It was a really great time!

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I paid extra for a guaranteed floor seat and that ticket also came with the book. It's going to be a good one, especially after hearing Max give an overview of each chapter. What he had to say and how he said it as a CEO was incredibly refreshing. You can 100% tell how passionate he is about making the world a better place.

I also feel so validated. It’s overwhelming. And while I’m still not sure about the most productive way to talk about the past year, I know I have to and that it’s part of my story I want to share. I want people to know that they don’t have to roll over and take bad treatment from people in leadership positions just because they sign your paychecks.

You can get out of bad situations (and you should). You are not trapped forever. Ask someone you trust for help. Put yourself out there. You will get out. You will find where you're celebrated, not just tolerated.