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Hi friends!

After a longgg 15-hour flight, I've finally arrived at my parents' place in Hong Kong. I'm tempted to write about the protests and how my family members are experiencing them, but I still have a lot to understand now that I'm physically here myself. (Plus, y'all didn't sign up for that kind of content! 🙈)

The good news is that I'm also itching to write about how we prioritize self-care, loyalty, and grit when it comes navigating our careers.

It just so happens that several of my close friends are going through similar levels of "stuck" right now. They're all weighing a myriad of factors in deciding whether to leave their current jobs or stick it out a bit longer, and I've noticed three recurring themes:

🥰 Self-care. We leave jobs for many reasons, but most have to do with wanting to better prioritize ourselves and our needs. We're overworking and burning out. We feel under-appreciated and under-valued. We're disconnected and lonely when we go to work. While it's easy to rationalize the importance of choosing better options for ourselves, it's hard to actually do!

🤝 Loyalty. It's hard to leave our teammates. We develop real loyalties, and when things "get bad" at work, the people we work with can become the only reason we stay. As someone who preaches the importance of finding your tribe, let me also remind you that you can keep the amazing relationships you make at work long after you or they leave.

If you're worried about abandoning your team, consider giving a bigger heads up before moving on –– a friend of mine just gave his 6-month's notice. You can help backfill your role, fill knowledge gaps, and leave things in a good place before transitioning out. It can be hard, but you have to draw a line somewhere.

🛡️ Grit. It's true, you shouldn't jump ship just because things are hard. Perseverance and resilience are valuable strengths to cultivate, but once you've proved to yourself that you have them, you don't need to keep proving yourself to others time and time again.

Overcoming adversity can be extremely rewarding! But there are different levels of "miserable." Have you heard of the fun scale before? I apply it to all areas of my life and stay vigilant should Type II fun ever start to cross into Type III fun.

Even though everyone's situation is unique, my friends all feel better knowing others are going through similar inflection points. So hopefully this helps you or someone you know, too. And my advice is the same whether you're my best friend or a complete stranger –– if your current job is slowly draining the life out of you, it really doesn't hurt to start looking for new opportunities to live the life you deserve!

Flexport (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chicago, Amsterdam
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Flexport moves freight globally by air, ocean, rail, and truck. They were founded in 2014 and became a $3.2 billion-valued unicorn earlier this year 😮 –– and with only 150 engineers! We refreshed their entire profile this week and I'm really excited by their partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation. For those passionate about making the world more carbon neutral, consider joining their Flexport.org team!

GoodNotes (profile) 📍 Hong Kong
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
GoodNotes is replacing the need for physical paper by transforming your iPad into digital paper. Their product-driven team is heavily biased toward perfection over speed, and it shows in how beautiful their product is. They're also a 100% self-funded company 🙌 and will cover all work visa fees for anyone relocating. They'll also cover your one-way ticket and first 30 days in Hong Kong!

Nylas (profile) 📍 San Francisco, New York City, or Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Nylas is a REST API that makes it easy to add email, contacts, and calendars to any app. They've built a diverse engineering team that supports various backgrounds and is equal by identified gender. Nylas enforces a mandatory 2-week contiguous vacation each year and offers a caretaker/parental leave policy of up to 16 weeks for thosetaking care of ill family members or expecting (which they've exercised!)

Airtable (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations. 
Airtable is democratizing software creation by empowering anyone to build custom applications without code. Their engineers are involved in the entire product development process and are incredibly thoughtful about the code they write. They're all enthusiastic users of their own product, too, which is why their issue tracker, product roadmap, and team gallery all run on Airtable! 😍

LaunchDarkly (profile) 📍 Oakland, CA or London, UK
Does not provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
LaunchDarkly is a feature management platform serving 25+ billion feature flags each day. They put a strong emphasis on teamwork and support a tremendous amount of flexibility to their team members. Whatever your preferred hours are, "It is very rare to see anyone at the office after 6pm." They also provide a $2500/year educational stipend and are looking for interns right now! 

Coast (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Coast helps the deskless workforce (think restaurants) communicate quickly and flexibly through mobile. Whether it’s completing a checklist or getting a shift covered, they're helping small businesses succeed. They work super close with their customers and know small businesses very well (they spent years working with them before founding Coast). They're still a small team, but they come with experience.

More of you replied to my newsletter last week than any other week before (ty! ilysm! ❤️ ps. my mom says hi! 👋). It inspired me to start moving my newsletters over to keyvalues.com, which means you can now find them on the Key Values blog if you're ever looking for them.

And last but not least, my episode on Software Engineering Daily aired yesterday!

The first time I met Jeff Meyerson, the host of SED, was when he interviewed me in 2017. I had just launched Key Values and was stupid nervous to be on a podcast, but it was a completely different experience this time around. Jeff has become a friend of mine (a friend of Courtland's too for those of you who follow Indie Hackers!), and it was great to recount just how much has happened over the last two years. (Looking back, I'd say it was a healthy mix of Type I and Type II fun. 😉)

I hope you all love on yourself today –– you deserve it!
✌️,
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
 
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