2019 has been a BUSY year so far. I started a new job as a Construction Manager for drinking water, which was big change from working in sewer construction since I've been out of school. As someone who is incredibly process oriented, it's been difficult to adjust to the idea that 'there's a million ways to skin a cat - and - there's a million ways to manage a project.'
I've also been getting a lot of publicity for work I did with my old bureau, which was showcased on NBC, Time for Kids, and my alma mater. As an introvert (trained/performing extrovert due to necessity), these commitments to talk for even an hour, often drain me. The way I self care is crafting alone with my fur kids, shopping a far out estate sale, or SLEEPING a lot... However, a personal goal of mine is to get more women and communities of color in science and engineering, which is why I often talk about my career in public settings. My newest project is working on a book, meant to be the WOC's version of Lean In - after finding out that there are practically no books on being a female minority working in STEM.
Outside of career outreach, 2019 has been keeping my weekends busy with volunteer work:
- City African American Network (CAAN) - we put on some amazing public / city oriented events for Black History Month
- Good in the Hood Planning Committee - please help and sign up to volunteer for a shift this summer (June 21 - 23)
- Judging Scholarship essays for the Al Forthan Scholarships by Volunteers for America
- Continued work on STEM outreach / curriculum creation for kids.
|Notice that most of the illustrations I'm drawn to are cats...|
|Not going to share more pieces, because I was a little obsessed with this cloth and it was used on way too many items...|
I've also gotten really into beading / making jewelry again. I've even started buying strands of beads, which I never used to do. Usually just inherited beads my mom was tired of looking at. Brass tones and natural materials are still my jam though. I've ended up keeping most of my earrings for my personal collection too - which is a first! Fellow jewelry makers know that we often don't wear our craft! Jewelry is a fun instant satisfaction craft and doesn't take as much muscle as my furniture projects.