Thanks. Goodbye. Hello!

Social media in 2012, as Lauren recalls. Hashtags were barely a thing, “selfies” weren’t flooding social networks, and “disappearing content” hadn't yet hit the digital shelves (hard to imagine, right?).

Lauren in 2012. From lawyer, to a 16-person startup, to Facebook, in approximately 1 month.

The present. 2 years and 7 months at Facebook. Lauren has now officially spent more time in tech than law (excluding law school). Yes, it’s true. Yes, it’s hard to digest.

Almost 3 years in tech, and I still can’t believe that I am here. Not only am I here, but I actually know things! #winning. Grateful pretty much sums it up, and it is with this gratitude, that I say: it’s time to leave.

I thought that leaving Facebook would be much easier than it is. I mean what could be worse than walking away from years of legal training and a large firm that has invested substantially in you, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school loans that remain? I had done it before, and I would do it again, but this time knowing who I really am. It would be easy, or at least easier, this time, right?

Of course not. But it is different. Walking away from law, with no job lined up, was scary as hell (excuse my cursing). Walking away from Facebook is empowering. This is because these past (almost) 3 years have redefined who I am, all thanks to this company and my colleagues (you know who you all are).

Of course an exit wouldn’t be complete without explicitly thanking the 2 people who made any of this even possible. Lee and Ben:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing me on board as employee #16. It’s not just the fact that you gave me a chance to shift careers, but it’s also that you brought so many incredible people into my life. You showed me what it means to love what you do, every single day, alongside those who all care about the same thing, and each other. You saved my sanity, my back, and my vision. Thank you!

3 (almost) years here is the reason I can embark on a new adventure. Who knew that by coming to Facebook, I would be transforming my life. I am healthier. I am happier. I am smarter. I am more positive. I am more motivated. I am more relaxed. I am more complete. I now know what it means to live life with excitement and hunger every single day. Saying thanks will never be enough, but maybe flourishing in my next adventure will be.

So on November 28, while visiting my mom, I ripped off my bracelet that read “change,” and placed it on her headstone. For me, this was more official than accepting an offer in writing. Thank you, mom, for making me fearless, as I trudge through life.

January 2015. Incredibly excited to join StyleSeat and sit alongside Melody, Dan, Lauren, and the entire team.

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