I’ve never been into surprises.
I like to know everything that’s happening, when it’s happening, and why it’s happening.
I’ve always been proud of my ability to have my finger on the pulse, to know ‘the word on the street’, to not let anything pass me by.
In short, I’m a big ol’ gossip and I don’t like to miss out on anything.
So you can imagine my, erm, surprise a couple of weeks ago when my workmates at Mamamia pulled off the ultimate surprise-packed day for me.
It was simultaneously the most terrifying and the most wonderful day of my life. It scared the heck out of me and filled me with immense joy.
It all began when I arrived at work and discovered a mug, with my lil’ dog Vinnie’s face on it, sitting on my desk.
I was so overwhelmed with excitement, I didn’t even notice that my reaction was being filmed like I was on an episode of the 1990s TV show Candid Camera.
After my brief encounter with Candid Camera circa 1992 and a million unanswered questions about what the heck was going on, I settled into my work day.
But I had no idea that was just the beginning of what will be forever known as the ‘National Day of the Keryn’ (hopefully).
About an hour later, Nicolle, our Head of People and Culture approached me at my desk and asked to have a quick word with me.
Of course, I immediately thought I was about to be fired. I was terrified.
Nicolle took me into a meeting room and said she was going to play a short video about our professional development plans.
Except… it… it wasn’t a dodgy HR video from the 1980s. It was an absolutely beautiful video message from my colleagues at Mamamia, my wonderful friends from all over Australia, and my hilarious parents, Carmel and Garry.