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    My 4 Favorite Places to Work From in Boston

    As a young professional, I’ve experimented with the way I work.

    I’ve tried waking up at the crack of dawn to start working — that didn’t work.
    I’ve tried working strictly at night — nope.
    I’ve, of course, done the traditional 9-5 — not always productive.

    I started at my agency nearly a year ago, and have been #blessed with the flexibility to work in ways that I’m best productive. In fact, sometimes we are encouraged to change scenery if we are feeling stuck or having a bit of writer’s block. Below are four of my favorite places to work from.

    Uno Due Go (Downtown Crossing)

    With plenty of seating, fast Wi-Fi and a great mix of food to eat, Uno Due Go is one of my favorites. It’s smack dab in the middle of Downtown Crossing, which makes it easy to meet anyone or go anywhere in Boston. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The restaurant is quiet most hours of the day, except for the usual lunch rush.

    Boston Public Library

    This Boston landmark sends you to Hogwarts… without having to leave the city. With several reading rooms, an outdoor courtyard and a cafe, you can find the perfect atmosphere. I find myself starting out my work day at the louder cafe and eventually move to the quiet confines of the main reading room (pictured above). Plus, what is more inspiring than a beautiful library?

    Boloco (Berklee College of Music)

    I know a burrito place isn’t a place you’d think of working from, but the Boloco at Berklee College of Music is close to the perfect office. With high top tables, regular tables and couch-style seating, the restaurant is very comfortable. The Wi-Fi is fast, plus they have fountain drinks that keep you hydrated (or not) throughout your work day. The only downside is the smell. Smelling delicious burritos can get tiring.

    Starbucks Kenmore Square

    Starbucks as successfully marketed itself as THE coffee shop for remote workers. Typically, I don’t like working from Starbucks due to the loud, incessant music interfering with my phone calls and podcasts I listen to. However, the Starbucks at Kenmore Square is different. It provides outdoor seating and a quieter atmosphere than most others. The only downside is the Wi-Fi speed. It’s not the fastest, which makes this location the best for distraction-free writing.

    Are you a remote worker in Boston? What are some of your favorite spots?
    Please share in the comments below!

    Dating in Boston: Harassment

    Part two of my “Dating in Boston” series.

    One Saturday evening, my friends and I sat at our favorite rooftop deck having drinks, catching up and enjoying the view of the Boston Harbor. It was one of those chill nights, where we just wanted to get a couple of drinks and hang out. As the chatter began to wind down, we decide to request our Ubers/Lyfts and call it a night. As we collect our belongings, a random man sits down to join us.

    While trying to be friendly, my tired girlfriends and I say “oh, we’re heading home, sorry!” and begin to walk downstairs to meet our rides. The random stranger goes back to his table of bros and proceeds to yell out, “I didn’t want to hang out with a bunch of lesbians anyway.

    Maybe you can see why I was offended:
    1) I’m not a lesbian, but because I rejected you, that makes me one?
    2) What if I was a lesbian? Do you know how offensive that is?

    Of course, we left it alone and walked away, but I couldn’t help but feel angry. This isn’t the first time this has happened to me. In fact, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been verbally assaulted by some random guy in the streets/bars of Boston. I have been flipped off, called fat, called ugly, and even threatened for simply not being interested. Why is this okay? Sure, there are jerks everywhere (I get it, I get it).

    I read an article last week about vulgarity and hostility from men, particularly in online dating situations. Instagram accounts such as “Bye Felipe” and “Tinder Nightmares” are aiming to call out these online bullies. But how can we call them out during in-person situations? How can we put them in their place without having to fear being assaulted? In an attempt to research, I came across a HuffPost article that said in a 2013 survey of more than 500 participants, 88 percent of people had experienced street harassment in Boston. While 97 percent of those people were accosted on the street, 63 percent experienced it on public transit.

    Boston is full of bars, restaurants and winding streets full of pedestrians. However, Boston is also the worst major city for single women trying to date (according to Glamour and Match) for numerous reasons, but largely due to the fact that women outnumber men here.

    So what is it? Is it entitlement? Stupidity? Lack of respect? The male ego? All of the above?

    I’m out of words at this point. Stay tuned.

    4 Things I Tell My Intern(s)

    I had my first intern about two years ago. It was such a great opportunity for both the intern and me. I was able to learn how to manage another human being, how to teach and learn about the new strategies/websites/etc. that j-schools are teaching these days. (I know, I’ve only been out of college three years, but my industry is quick-paced and always changing.) Anyway, I’d like to say I did an okay job at mentoring the three interns I’ve had the past few years. I always end up saying the same things.

    Please, ask me questions!

    That’s pretty much the first statement I make after introducing myself. Questions are important, plus I want to know what you are wanting to learn. I want to know what you’re having trouble understanding. On day one, start by asking about the company and the way they do things. Find out where everything lives on the computer and research. In the communications industry, it’s all about communication. But…

    Exhaust your resources.

    I’m not going to lie – the first couple of years, I lied about what I knew. I said yes to every opportunity and every project I could get my hands on. If I didn’t know how to work a certain program or do something in excel, I went on Google or YouTube to teach myself. Personally, from a soft-core managerial perspective (because, let’s be real, I’m still a newb), it’s very admirable to see someone taking the initiative to solve a problem. Naturally, of course, every company has their own protocol and style. Learn it, then get to work.

    No task is beneath you.

    This is a test of what kind of human being you are. Are you willing to help do things beyond your job description? Are you willing to help your admin person order lunch/supplies or tidy up the office? No task is beneath you. So yes, maybe you will have to make a billion copies or water the dozen plants in the office. Own it. Embrace it. Because, truthfully, most companies operate in a team environment. Everyone pitches in to get the job done, whether it’s helping with those copies, making sure supplies are ordered, etc. (Plus, no one wants to work with a snob.)

    Take notes. In fact, keep a work journal.

    I have to take handwritten notes. Even in college, I just had to physically write it down or the content wouldn’t sink in. Some people have to type it out, whatever it may be — take notes. Even if this meeting is a one-off and not a recurrence, take your notebook because you never know when useful information will fall upon your ears. In PR, you never know if a crisis will happen and your account manager is gone, so YOU have to step in. In fact, I’ve been keeping a work journal since day one. I find it easy when going over an email from months back, I can go back to that date in my notebook and see that email in context for that week. Use it to log your wins/accomplishments, your work goals, and ultimately use it to cover your butt. If something happens, you can always refer back to a date.

     

    And, of course, soak in the experience. For most, this is internship number one. This will be your first exposure to your industry, the real world, etc. Soak it all in, because this is an opportunity to test out the waters and see if it’s really what you want to do. Make the most of it and have fun!

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