After braving the cold winter and relocating her family from the Philippines, my colleague, Danielle Miller, has hurdled through her first month as ZN’s editor. Over the last few years, Danielle has lived and worked on three continents. She is now happy to give her nomadic shoes a break and welcome the melting pot that is Brussels as her new home.
When she’s not editing for ZN and coming up with ideas for clients, Danielle is out exploring her new city – taking in all it has to offer, from pilsners to frites. She is also very passionate about writing fiction and nonfiction, building pillow forts with her daughter and husband, and anything arty.
I had a chat with her to discover more about her life at ZN and other interesting tidbits.
Jay: Before joining ZN, what you were doing? And how did you join ZN?
Danielle: I was working as a Senior Editor for a large SEO company in the Philippines when I saw ZN’s post for an Editor. I read a lot about ZN and its principles, and I felt that it would be a perfect fit. I loved how passionate everyone seemed about working for the company, plus, after years of not being in Europe, I felt that it was time for me to come back. Luckily, after an exam and several rounds of Skype interviews, I got the call from Nicholas and Helen. In a span of three weeks, we packed our bags and flew to Brussels. And I couldn’t be happier.
Jay: What’s your work at ZN like? What do you do? What are your main responsibilities/clients?
Danielle: Among other things, I am responsible for ensuring that quality written content gets done on time. I work with a network of exceptionally talented freelance writers and I coordinate with clients for their editorial deliverables. Besides brainstorming with the editorial team and the account managers, I also take care of editorial housekeeping – this spans from editorial calendars to file organisation.
Jay: What do you like most of working at ZN? What makes the work at ZN different from other companies doing something similar?
Danielle: I like the atmosphere. There is just so much dynamism and energy. You are always encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things. And everyone is really nice and helpful. I think this is what sets ZN apart from other companies. There is a big element of individual as well as group appreciation and everyone really pulls together.
Jay: Are you a Hyperthinker? Why?
Danielle: I didn’t know what a hyperthinker was before reading about it on ZN’s blog. But after reading about it, I had an “Ahhh” moment. I guess I’ve always been a hyperthinker and it is nice to finally attach a name to the multitude of traits and concepts that I’ve adapted and practiced. While reading through Phil’s articles, I felt like I was ticking off check boxes… this is me, this is me, this is me. Perhaps what I practice most is seeing things from a different perspective and wearing different shoes. I think this is because I’m a writer and I like to see the world through different eyes.
Jay: Could you suggest a book, movie, or travel destinations?
Danielle: I’ve just finished reading Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and that was pretty interesting. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is also a great read if you want to see the impact our lifestyle has on the earth. I watch a lot of movies but if you want a feel-good flick that is visually stimulating, Amelie always leaves me smiling. If you feel like heading out of Brussels, I’d recommend Prague (it is exceptionally beautiful during winter!) or Malta (great if you want to flea the cold). Overseas, I’d recommend checking out El Nido or Coron in Palawan, Philippines. They have some truly amazing beaches, lagoons, and limestone cliffs. Oh, and New Zealand is simply out of this world!
If you are interested to find out more about Danielle, check out her profile.