| by Danielle Vincent

This Friday, September 11, Outlaw will be closed

We hope you'll decide to spend the day with us

While we don't observe many holidays around the Outlaw HQ, one holiday we observe with a paid holiday is September 11. We call it our day of "What are you living for?", and it's so each of us can take a full day to reflect on what we're doing here (literally and figuratively), and whether it's getting us where we want to go. Though we don't enforce it (Outlaws are live and let live types), we encourage everyone to spend the day writing down what they want to do with their lives, and whether they're currently moving toward or away from that.

We've found it to be a very meaningful tradition, and I hope you'll join us in observing it.

If you write us or place an order on Friday, it'll be handled the following working day, since this also applies to our Customer Satisfaction Enthusiasts and Fulfillment team.

One of our employees started this tradition last year. She was working across from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and the event had a profound impact on her life: She realized that her daily grind in the high ranks of a financial company was not what she wanted for her life. She quit her job. She left her partner. She started a new life in a different direction... And now, that life is filled with love and laughter and open space and dogs and all the things she truly wanted... not a loft in a high-rise, but a place in the country.

Changing the direction of your life is as simple as deciding to change the direction of your life.

Changing the direction of your life is as simple as taking different actions.

(note: I didn't say "easy," because it isn't easy... but as I often quote Mae West: "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it.")

Before you can decide to change the direction of your life and take different actions, you have to think about whether the direction of today, and the actions of today are going to get you to where you want to be in 1, 5, or 10 years.

But you have to decide.

And we at Outlaw welcome this inquiry. We WANT people to think about where they want to be and what they want to do, even if it means they move on from our little gang. Every step is important in getting us where we need to go, and a job at Outlaw is no different.

We have some employees who are students, and Outlaw is a step on the path to getting a degree, because we pay their expenses while they go to school (even if we don't offer a lot of Information Technology career growth opportunities).

So this Friday, you're not going to be hearing from us. Don't expect a rapid response. Don't expect a shipping notification. Don't expect a Casual Friday video.

We're going totally dark in a day of reflection... and we hope you'll join us in this annual holiday.


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