Q&A: Meet Tatyana Mishel, LiquidPlanner’s Writer and Editor

Team LiquidPlanner | May 6, 2013

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Tatyana Mishel is our wonderful writer and editor – anything that has words on it, she sees it. After contracting for many years, Tatyana decided it was time to make a change and jump onboard with a company (us!) that she is passionate about. Read on for Tatyana’s strategy for Mondays and how she beats boredom.

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Title and description of what you do:

I work in the marketing group as a writer and editor. I manage our blog – assigning, editing, writing – and then write marketing and web copy (whatever needs to be written).

Do you have a ritual or routine to the start of your work day?

Swim, coffee time, then I’m ready to hit it.

How do you beat boredom?

With a wooden spoon. Just kidding. Years ago I had a teacher who responded to a student whining that he was bored with “Why—are you boring?” I vowed to never be bored after that. I think the closest I get to being bored is feeling uninspired. And when I do, it’s time to get busy engaging my mind, or just ride it out. I’m a champion daydreamer, and there’s always reading to fall back on, so it’s hard to get bored.

What do you appreciate the most in your co-workers?

They’re deep, curious thinkers who question the status quo; they’re  kind, and have rich lives outside of work; they’re people with good senses of humor, are playful and good laughers.

Your idea of happiness at work is _________

Being inspired to do the best creative work in a smart and spirited community.

A favorite vacation spot, and why?

Any place a family member is, which spans from Arizona and Colorado to SoCal and Sydney, Australia.

And, anywhere I can bodysurf, hike or ski.

A book that’s influenced your working life.

The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul In Corporate America – for the poetry-writing free spirit in me who likes the structure of working with people in an office.

What’s your favorite lunch?

At work, it’s always soup. I don’t know why—maybe because it’s warm and satisfying but doesn’t put me into a food coma afterwards.

Your personal work motto

They change every year. Lately, it’s been “Keep it simple.”

What’s your strategy for Mondays?

Go out easy and pace myself. Years ago I had a job where I went out so hard on Mondays I was toast by Wednesday. Now I know better.

Advice for anyone looking for a job right now—3 interview tips?

  1. Show up respectfully prepared – which means having researched the company and arriving with talking points and questions ready so you don’t make the interviewer do all the work.
  2. Know what your core work values are, because if they aren’t a match in any way with the company you’re considering, you probably shouldn’t take job.
  3. Don’t forget that as much as they are choosing you, you’re choosing them, too.