30 July 2012

Rachel, Project Designer and Architect Candidate

Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.





Today's interview is with my sister-in-law, Rachel.



Where do you live?
NW Arkansas

What are your hobbies or special interests?
Architecture, Digital/Generative Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Fashion/Styling, Watercolor, graphite rendering, all things Art/Making/Creative.


What is your current profession?
BArch '07.  Project Designer (Architect candidate).  I have worked in a traditional Architecture office environment and for a critically acclaimed Architecture firm, Morphosis in Santa Monica, CA.  I am working on my licensing tests and currently running a digital technology lab at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas.  The lab is open to all Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Architecture students for them to produce models and generate research in their area of interest.  I get to run and operate a 3-axis CNC router, a 3d printer, and laser cutters, not to mention access to a great wood shop.


What made you choose that line of work? 
I originally chose Architecture as a degree path because it "mixed my creative and analytic sides," or at least that is what I thought as a high school senior.  I always had the ability to visualize and understand spatial concepts.  Architecture education gave me the tools to understand that ability.  Learning about digital design is just one current aspect of design that I get the privilege of pursuing now and hopefully pursue in grad school.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
Once I finally get through explaining what I do, people are usually shocked that I have a job doing that; it is such a little niche within the design world.  One question I get a lot about being an Architect is "You must have to know a lot of math".  I would like to know more Math and am required to know if something is right or wrong, but the reality is calculations are done by engineers.  I tend to explain that I know a little about a lot.


What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
People should ask, how does design affect me?  From the pen we write with or room we sleep in, we are constantly defined by the objects and spaces that we use.  Some insider info is:  Technology and Design is the third industrial revolution.  Be on the lookout! 


If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I  would choose the exact same thing.  I am grateful that I have identified a talent and can use that talent to effect change.  It is very fulfilling.   

26 July 2012

Civil War home


Loving this Civil War era home.  Detailed woodwork around the porch, dormers, stone fireplace, sidelights on the door.  Love!


23 July 2012

Suzanne, CNA and Nursing Student


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Suzanne and me, 2011.


Today's interview is with my friend, Suzanne.

Where do you live?
In the Great Plains.


What are your hobbies or special interests?
I love to read, sing and spend time with my family.

What is your current profession?
I am a full time student working towards my BSN degree.  I am also a part time CNA (certified nursing assistant) at a local nursing home, I work in the dementia unit Before going back to work/school, I was a stay at home mom for seven years plus years.  


What made you choose that line of work?
When Samuel our youngest was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I spent three solid months researching medical journals, books and talking/reading to parents with children with special needs.  I was desperate to know more, and to be proactive with his treatment plan.  I discovered that I loved learning about the human body and in reading/talking with other parents I realized that I could help others when they hear news they weren't expecting.  As parents we spent the next two years working with our little guy.  Sam will always have cerebral palsy, but he is very fortunate that he is such mildly effective and he is very active, stubborn five year old boy.  


When people find out what you do what question do they usually ask you?
Is it weird that no one really asks me about my work/school?  But when people find out we have five kids they ask a lot of questions?  It is not very common where we live.  Recently when I was taking our oldest and our youngest to get their school shots (littlest starting Kindergarten and oldest starting MIDDLE SCHOOL) the nurse asked how do you keep track of all of the shots they need?!?

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
One of my favorite residents at work who has NINE kids told me once when I asked her to give me her best mom advice.  You can't do everything all at once, don't try to multi-task but you can do it all eventually you just have to be patient with yourself.  I think this sums up my life right now.  

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
Yes, even though I am not all the way through with school/career.  I would do the same thing again.  Juggling school with two little boys, then one little boy around was very challenging but I think they learned a lot by watching me study.  Last year when I was taking Anatomy and Physiology our four year old at the time used to help me study for my exams.  He still remembers the names of a few bones.  

16 July 2012

carblemarble, Homeschool Educator and Mother

Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.


Carblemarble and her family.


Today's interview is with my sister, carblemarble.


Where do you live?
Northeastern Oklahoma

What are your hobbies or special interests?
I love photography & dabble in it when I have the chance. I also enjoy camping, singing, reading, scrapbooking, blogging, Zumba, traveling (wish I could do that one more), party planning and sports.

In a dream I would also have an incredible skill for reading into people's lives, their actions & desires, and would be able to articulate those passions and attributes into characters I would write about in novels where they lead incredibly interesting and fascinating lives. That or I would be an actress playing these roles on the stage. Was this interview meant for me to divulge my secret wishes & dreams? No?  Hmm. 

What is your current profession? What did you do professionally before staying at home?
Before becoming a stay at home mom I worked as an administrative assistant in the Business Office at the university in our town. 


Now I work during the school year as the homeschooling teacher for an autistic young man we go to church with.

What made you choose that line of work? 
When my husband & I moved to this area I first got a job as an account clerk for one of the VP's at the university. When a new director was coming into the business office & a new assistant was being looked for I was asked if I would consider taking the position. Three days and one interview later the job was mine. It was hard & crazy, but I loved working with the students. I thrive in high pressure, get it done environments. I continued working after my first child was born, but 10 months later, when I was 3 months pregnant with my second child, we decided it was better for our family if I stayed home, something I was more than happy to do.


My work homeschooling was firstly chosen to help supplement our family income. It has become so much more, with rewards I never dreamed. 

When people find out what you do/did, what question do they usually ask you?
People typically want to hear any crazy stories or insiders information from when I worked at the university.  There were some interesting moments while I worked at the university, especially because anyone who had complaints about their financial situations were sent to me. I would liaise  with the director & resolve with the students. The most interesting moments came when parents would call screaming (I have been cussed out a few times), for them to only realize that their student hadn't shared the truth of the situation.   Now that I am a stay at home mom the question I get most is if I miss being "out". My response to that is a resounding 'NO WAY!'

With regards to my teaching job, people ask if it's hard.  It is, but it's so much more. This job is making the life of this teenage boy better. He is in a safe environment, away from negative influences, reactions & attitudes.  He can focus on learning & I feel so blessed to be his teacher. 

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
I wish they would ask 'don't you just love staying home?' or 'what kind of fun & creative things do you find to do with two under 3 at home?' My answers would be first, YES, I do love it! To the second I would say, 'we make life an adventure'. I have been: a lion roaring and searching for my prey (to be tickled), a horse giving rides across the safari, a playmate in ring around the rosie, a guide in the wonders of a fish pond or to the couple of fountains on the campus we live near. My children love to paint (it is a mess, but nothing a bath can't fix), read, race cars, hold baby dolls, jump on mommies bed, vacuum, dance to loud music, and much much more.

As far as my work now goes, I would share that homeschooling is a wonderful blessing & that it should be considered on a child by child basis. What works for one student does not work for another & learning is especially an example of that truth.  

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
If I could do it all over again, I would LOVE to have my own photography studio. However, the path I have followed has been led by the promptings of the Holy Ghost, so it is a path that I would not will different. It has lead me to experiences and lessons I needed. From friends who have become like family, to service I have been able to give to others, to doctors who helped me overcome infertility. So, while there are dreams, I know that my Father in Heaven has lead me where I need to be now & will continue to guide myself and my family.

12 July 2012

09 July 2012

Lindsey, HR Professional

Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.



Lindsey and her husband.
 Photo courtesy of Neysa Brandon Photography



Today's interview is with my sister-in-law, Lindsey.

Where do you live?
Beautiful Spokane Valley, WA

What are your hobbies or special interests?
Currently looking at the baby takes up all my time.  I like to read and laugh at my husband.  Together we watch a lot of pro football and college basketball.  I'm also obsessed with the Olympics and I can't wait to watch!  My most "special" interest is filling out paperwork and surveys, hence my prompt response.

What is your current profession?
I work in Human Resources

What made you choose that line of work?
I wanted a career that I could do in any part of the country  and most businesses have an HR function.  I also find people very interesting and I get to see a lot of different behavior from our interview candidates and employees.  I have a high need to know what's going on and when you're in HR you usually know the inside scoop and all the goings on with both management and the line employees.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
Most people ask me for interview/resume advice or they want to know about their legal rights as an employee.

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
The best interview advice I can give is to do a lot of research about the company.  Almost always the person who gets hired is the one who can best answer, "What do you know about our company and what did you do to prepare for this interview?"  It shows me (and you) how much you really want the position.  I also encourage people to ask the hiring supervisor what they are looking for in the perfect candidate.  Then you can address how your skills and experience fit with that ideal.

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I love being in HR!  It's a great balance of technical work and customer service.  I always have tasks that allow me to work quietly and independently, but if I get lonely I can go visit with employees and still be on task.  I also like that I am qualified for jobs in a lot of different industries in case I want more variety down the road.

02 July 2012

Clearing out the cobwebs

The last few weeks I've realized that I'm neglecting my personal blog (that's this one folks).  All brain power has gone to end of year school activities (they were legion), keeping children entertained, church volunteer work, and my new endeavors.  

If we aren't friends on Facebook (why aren't we?), then you may not know that I've launched my photography business.  I've been keeping my photography blog and FB page updated. (P.S.  I'd love to take your photo!)

And, of course, I've been writing for Today's Mama.  Most recently I wrote about our love for the Museum of Science and about a summer day camp that our city offers for free to residents.


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