My favorite day of the (work)week is Monday. Everyone I know thinks that is ridiculous, but to me, it makes perfect sense. Monday is the exciting beginning to a who-knows-what’s-gonna-happen kind of week. And in a start-up, that is almost every week. Monday's are for reinvention. Working for my Indigo Biosystems as an Orr fellow, I'm living life in the fast lane. There’s always something coming right at me, and I have to jump in and take the challenge head on.
That is part of the reason I wanted to be a fellow and work for an entrepreneurial company: I wanted the excitement, the tension and the passion that are always palpable in an environment that encourages moving fast, making decisions and taking risks. The direction we are driving can change at the drop of a dime, and the passengers better adjust accordingly. I am learning how to contribute productively, while being flexible, proactive, open-minded and prepared. These lessons and experiences are invaluable for my journey post-fellowship and my future entrepreneurial ventures.
However, it’s not just the excitement of the fast-paced career that wakes me up at 5:30 a.m. on Monday with (relative) enthusiasm for the day. I am also waking up to a new week of self-improvement, learning, relationship-building and (honestly) a week of fun with the incredible fellows who are now my best friends. The fellowship has enriched me professionally and socially. Without the promise of the opportunities and friendships that the fellowship affords, Monday could be a lot more taxing. But, instead of dreading the daily grind, I am anxiously anticipating enjoying my job, my fellows, and my life!
Now, I happily embrace my “case of the Mondays” because my work and the fellowship make Monday a FUN day.