Sendemic Series: Staff Highlight - Sender One Climbing

Welcome to Sender One’s Sendemic Series!

During our closure, we've introduced the Sendemic Series and have been sharing perspectives, art, and activities. This week we have another staff highlight, featuring Anni Nguyen! Anni has been with Sender One for almost five years and is a Jane of all trades.

1. Let's introduce you - who are you, when did you start working at Sender One, and what is your role here?

My name is Anni (no 'e') Nguyen. I started working at Sender One in October 2015 and I am one of the SNA Front Desk Supervisors and the SNA Community Coordinator. I am really missing the community, but looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

2. What do you enjoy most about working at Sender One?

I love the staff that I get to work with. They are the people with whom I spend most of my time, while working, climbing together, and hanging out. Some of my best friends, I've met while working at Sender One. I also love the climbing community. It is great to meet new climbers and veteran climbers and learn new skills.

3. You're the sewing master behind our Sender One masks. What's that like?

I've made over 500 masks and haven't stopped yet! I've donated quite a few of them, provided them to friends and family, and made climbing themed masks for the Sender One online shop. I enjoy working with my hands and it has been very therapeutic to keep busy. I'm happy to be able to use my crafting abilities to help out where I can. I want to thank everyone who has supported my craft and given me purpose and direction to channel my energy.

4. What other talents do you have?

I am a Level 3 Master Knitter and have been published in a couple of knitting publications. I love to knit! It is so cool to see skeins of yarn turn into something that can give some comfort and knitting that item gives me comfort. I can also do a cartwheel leading with either foot.

5. How have you been coping during the pandemic and what have you been doing to keep yourself busy?

For the most part, coping with the pandemic has taken a lot of work. I have anxiety and struggle with mental health. Knitting, binge watching shows while I sew, reading, and playing boardgames online have been very helpful to keep myself mentally and physically occupied. I also have been catching up with friends through chats and phone calls. It's nice to talk to them, but I can't wait until I can visit with them.

6. What are you looking forward to most as the safe-at-home restrictions begin to life?

Honestly, this time has put a lot of things into perspective. I've realized that the thing I miss the most is hugging people. I am really looking forward to hugging my nieces, my family, my friends, my co-workers. So watch out, when we are able to, I am going to hug everyone! I am also looking forward to AYCE restaurants to be open.

7. Do you have any advice for our community during these times, or is there anything else you'd like to share?

I know this has been a tough time for everyone, whether it be financially, physically, or mentally. I can't speak for them, but I can stand with and for them. It is so important for everyone to do their part. It is even more important to treat every human with love, empathy, and respect. We all rise above by raising each other. Stay safe, stay healthy, and send love from where you are.

Thank you, Anni, for taking the time to answer these questions! If you see her around the SNA gym, don't forget to say "hello!"
We are so grateful to have Anni on the Sender One team. Your talent and hard work never goes unnoticed!