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A Day in the Life of Second-Trimester Quarantine: Meet Julieta from Shield GEO

Through our ongoing day in the life series, we profile a different Shield team member each month. We learn about how they structure their days, where they choose to work, and how a flexible approach to work fits into their lifestyle. 

Of course, since widespread lockdowns and shelter in place initiatives have come into effect, we’ve seen many of our teams’ routines change, their travel plans put on hold, and working parents juggling many hats.

Just as each team member structures their workday differently, they’re also surviving quarantine uniquely. These profiles have given insight into new ways of staying motivated, new hobbies to keep busy and new routines all taking place from the comfort of home. 

This month, we’re profiling Julieta Moreno, one of Shield’s Subject Matter Experts who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Meet Julieta 

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Julieta and her boyfriend, Daniel

Julieta has been with Shield for just over a year. As a Global Mobility Subject Matter Expert, she works across many different teams but primarily spends her time working on offboarding. 

She’s currently quarantining from her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her boyfriend Daniel and her growing baby bump. 

“It’s actually been great because no matter what, I’m coming out of this thing having done something good,” she says of living through a global pandemic while pregnant. “Some people are spending their time making bread — I’m making a baby!”

She’s currently in her second trimester and is enjoying it a lot more than the first. 

“In the first trimester you have to hide it which is really hard,” Julieta says. “I would go take naps and not mention it to anyone, but I’ve recovered from that now and can work hours and hours.”

She feels lucky to be working from home during this season of life because it made dealing with first-trimester nausea and tiredness easier, 

“People who are pregnant and go into the office have to hide somewhere [to sleep] or say they aren’t feeling well and go home because you really do just have to sleep. It’s a really, really heavy feeling,” she says. 

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Julieta’s baby scan!

“I thankfully didn’t have any problems because nobody’s around [my home] from Shield.”

While being pregnant through quarantine hasn’t necessarily made things more difficult for Julieta, it hasn’t always been easy. 

“You get very sad because they say they’re going to end the lockdown, but they’ve already extended it like four times already,” she says. 

“We have jobs, we have everything, we’re lucky, but it’s still so depressing.

You go out, and you see everything is falling to pieces. The country is dividing further and deeper. 

People like us are relatively unaffected, and yet so many people have lost their jobs, and they aren’t getting them back. It’s very unfair.”

A Day in the Life of Julieta

8:00 amWake up, brush my teeth and make coffee for Daniel and tea for me. I love coffee but, now that I’m pregnant, I find it disgusting.
8:30 amHave breakfast and listen to the radio while getting ready. Before lockdown, I rode my bike to the office. Now I stay at home.
9:00 amStart work. Before the lockdown (or the pregnancy, don’t know who to blame), I used to start at 7 or 8, but now I just can’t get up that early.  
12.30 pmPrepare lunch
1:00 pmLunch with Daniel, who is also at home. The only positive side of lockdown is to be able to share all meals with him.
2:00 pmBack to work
6:00 pmOff to the gym… oh not anymore. Gyms have been closed for the past 120 days. Before I used to go to my skating class or my swimming lesson, now I have online therapy sessions and a writing group, but that’s just twice a week. I don’t know how time flies during quarantine. 
10:00 pmMon, Tues and Wed I have calls with the Finance team.  
11:00 pmOff to shower and get ready for bed.

Julieta’s Work Routine

My routine will never look like Jake’s — he’s almost like a robot! He has everything scheduled!” Julieta says, laughing. 

“I am not very tidy, and I am not very structured — scheduling is a disaster, but I am goal orientated, so that keeps me very productive.”

Julieta mostly sets up her workday around time zones. 

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Harvest for a yummy lunch

“In the morning, I mainly work with Europe. I try to set up calls and get things done with our vendors there. Very early in the morning I try to get to things and reply to people from Asia and guys from the US get kicked until the afternoon unless there’s something urgent,” she says.

“I have lunch from noon until 2 pm and maybe go for a walk. I start again at 2 pm, and then I work until 5 pm.”

When she was in her first trimester, Julieta would usually sleep after lunch and then work a little later in the evening to make up for it. 

She also has calls at 9 or 10 pm a few times a week. 

“It’s very late, but I got used to it,” she says. “It’s actually very useful to have a few hours break. When I used to have a life [pre-quarantine] from 6-9 I would go to therapy, play sports and do things like networking events,” she says.

Staying Busy with Fun Hobbies

Julieta still enjoys the downtime, although she, of course, has to do her activities from home instead. 

She’s in a writing group and is about to publish a collection of poems. 

“It’s about the disgusting parts of pregnancy — it’s pretty funny.”

The group is currently participating in a writer’s contest. 

“You have to write 500 words on a different topic which is given each day for two weeks,” she says. “There are 5000 people taking part.”

She says it’s helped her not take her writing too seriously.

“It’s very motivating to do this exercise. It’s not always about quality but quantity. Our ego wants it to be about quality, but it can stop us from actually moving forward.”

In addition to her poetry, her role with Shield and growing a human child, Julieta also manages a small olive tree orchard in Mendoza. 

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One of her olive trees on the orchard in Mendoza

“Apart from being a lawyer, I also have a Masters in Food Technology. What makes me proud is not that I did a course and the diploma is just there — I use it!” she says.

She started the project last year after taking over her grandfather’s vineyard.

“Wine is a very delicate business, it’s very intensive and expensive, and you need to think ahead. What you do now is going to have effects in like ten years,” she says. “Nobody in my family wanted to take care of that, so everything was lost. But olive trees and roses were planted to protect the grapes.”

She now has 120 olive trees and shares the land with a Bolivian agriculturist who grows tomatoes and zucchinis.

“I monitor with the agronomist to make sure we don’t have bugs, and the soil has enough nutrition, and the trees are pruned,” she says. “It’s fascinating.”

She usually travels there around four times a year to oversee intensive periods of the season. However, since lockdown, she’s had to do everything remotely. 

“I did it all through Whatsapp, and it’s worked out just fine.”

Want to know more about Julieta? Visit her profile on Our Team page!

– Bree Caggiati, August 2020

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