My Top Three Skills

Flexibility

For me, flexibility is about taking on new challenges, stretching my capabilities, and doing things outside of my comfort zone. It is a way to expand how I create value for projects and organizations.

Flexibility is both a mindset and skill-set. I have a mindset to be courageous, try new things, and not just accept the status quo. I combine that with the drive and follow-through to acquire new skills and constantly adapt to enabling me to do different things. I’m always willing to step outside of the box and learn new soft and hard skills and apply them when new projects and challenges present themselves.

My open-mindedness is shown through my work experience at the Suboxone clinic where I had to learn administrative skills, time management, teamwork, and effective communication with coworkers, doctors, and patients. While I may have been the youngest person working in the office, I didn’t let that intimidate me, rather I saw this as an opportunity to demonstrate that I was a productive worker with a knack for getting things done. In fact, I streamlined the clinics by creating a plan to expedite the scheduling process. The clinics became more efficient, allowing the doctors to see more patients. In essence, this allowed the business to grow.

In addition to the clinic, I have experience working at a grocery store and restaurant, and doing child care and dog sitting. I am also now beginning an artistry business; I sell my fine art and jewelry on Etsy as well as commissioned pieces. Thus, gaining exposure to a variety of businesses and career types.

Art started as a passion, now I am turning it into a business; compelling me to learn multiple, practical business-skills like social media marketing, customer service, customer retention, selling online, and much more! Starting my own business has necessitated innovative-thinking and proves my ability to be flexible.

Interpersonal

I have been using people skills for as long as I can remember. From selling cookies as a Daisy in Girl Scouts, to today, expanding my business network and customer-base, as a server-extraordinaire at Breakneck Tavern. I love talking and networking, especially with a purpose.

In my opinion, listening is just as important as talking. I use active listening in the work place and my personal life. It avoids miscommunications, thus boosting productivity.  In addition, I also aim to gain at least one thing out of a conversation- a new connection, an idea, customers, etc. I am looking forward to growing my talking and listening skills, as both are pertinent in establishing positive connections.

Serving in fine dining has taught me a whole new level of professionalism, especially in high stress situations. During the dinner-rush, you have to always remain poised and friendly.  Living off of tips and creating my own businesses taught me that you must be personable to find success – you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar!

What sets apart my skills is simply my mindset. Positive attitude is everything. Coworkers, strangers, friends, and customers alike, all enjoy my lively and pleasant approach. In the workplace, I use it to motivate, problem solve, and develop a rapport. I just LOVE making people smile. My positive outlook paves a productive and confident course to which people are naturally drawn.

Willingness to Learn

The beauty of the human-race is the constant evolution to be better, faster, and stronger. To keep moving forward, you must accept that sometimes you will be wrong; the only thing you can do is fix it, learn from it, and move on.

One of my mottos is that you should learn at least one new thing each day; the desire to grow my knowledge and skills is what drives me to wake up and work hard every day. I am constantly reading books or researching online. The internet has so much to offer – millions of articles, books, videos, tutorials, podcasts, and chat forums.

The majority of my art skills are self-taught from the world-wide-web. Check out and follow my Pinterest boards for thousands of art and jewelry ideas. I am also a self-taught hula-hooper (follow my Instagram to see me in action), learned the beginnings of yoga from this website, taught myself how to play the kalimba on YouTube, learned the design application Procreate from YouTube, and many other things.

In my opinion, being rich in knowledge and experiences outweighs monetary wealth. You can lose your physical possessions but you can never lose your knowledge. That is the biggest reason why I am an advocate of learning.

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How I Came To Be

I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. From being a youngster using finger-paints, to today, creating digital art, oil and acrylic painting, and crafting jewelry. I love finding my creative flow.

In addition to art, I LOVE being a problem solver. In fact, I am like a dog-with-a-bone when it comes to finding solutions. A few years ago, our garbage disposal broke. We had our handyman Uncle look at it; he deemed it useless. I second-guessed his judgement and went straight to YouTube. After watching some tutorials, quick trip to Lowe’s, and some physical labor – voilà, good as new!

At the age of 13, I created my first business. I began by walking dogs and babysitting for local families. With some elbow grease, marketing, and basic entrepreneurial skills, I found my first niche. My business clientele and demand grew to summer nanny jobs and over-night dog-sitting gigs. This kick-started my entrepreneurial drive.

Now, I am developing my entrepreneurial skills with my side-hustle art business. When looking at my art, people would often say, “I can’t believe you made that!” or ask “why don’t you sell these?” This sparked an idea! I decided to turn my passion for art into a business. Currently, I have a shop on Etsy and I am working hard to expand my skills and business.

What really sets me apart is my individualism. As much as people tell me that they LOVE my artwork, I sometimes get negative feedback about “being a starving artist”. I shrug off the comments because I think differently. I am not okay with being content. I only feel fulfilled if I am moving forward. Between Praxis, my art business, current job, and other part-time/side-hustles, I am making my dream a reality with dedication and hard work.

For a synopsis, I am an artist with an entrepreneurial mindset. I am passionate about improvement and solving problems. Between my art business JewelsFromMars and Praxis, I am hitting the ground running. I am ecstatic to be on this course and I cannot wait to see how it evolves!