Welcome

I hope that the following is the most unique or at least non-boring "About Me" page you've been to in a while (as far as UX portfolios are concerned). I couldn't stand the idea of the same old, clichéd "I'm John Smith and I create beautiful software products." (I can't even... just, no.) So I've decided instead to share with you a small window into my personal life. I think you can tell a lot about a person's character, their responsibilities, ambitions, goals, and even weaknesses based on how they live their everyday lives and the things they choose to spend time doing. Here is my attempt to give you just that! (Also, you can pour the wine now.)

My Home Office

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"What are hobbies?"

In the late summer of 2014, I was being interviewed by my current boss/employer/mentor. By this point, I have been through several interviews and was feeling good about the prospect of working for them. I was prepared, I thought, in every way, especially when it came to interviewing questions. Then to my profound disbelief, the man asked me one, simple question that I not only didn't have the answer for, but my mind drew a complete blank. He said, "Amanda, what are your hobbies? Is there anything you like to do for fun?" (mental mouth-drop) I tried to think of something.. anything that would make me sound normal, yet as motivated as possible.

The truth was I had been a freelance designer the past year working mostly 12 hour days while I spent the summer planning my wedding. During that time, I had also become a new mom to my "first-born", Ridge, who had just turned 7 at the time. His mom wasn't in the picture and so I was playing catch-up, reading parenting books, trying to figure out where I would fit in and what he needed from me as a mother. (I'm proud to say he calls me mom now and is grateful to have two moms!) God is good, all the time.

But, rather than divulge all of this personal information to my potential employer or brag about the fact that I was just excited to keep up with the laundry on a week-to-week basis. (And to be honest, I really wasn't great at that either. I've mastered it now, kind of.) In the end, I managed to respond with clever honesty. (Thank you again, Lord) "What are hobbies?" I said jokingly. "Just kidding, I haven't had much time for hobbies recently, but I hope to with this career change sir." He laughed out loud, which was a first after many times of speaking and meeting with him and it immediately put me at ease. I left the job interview that day with an offer of employment and a tremendous amount of excitement for the next chapter to come.

It was after all this, that I came to the revelation that I was in my mid to late twenties and really hadn't taken advantage of my free time prior to having a family. I was almost disappointed in myself, like, "What have you been doing this whole time?!" I had our second child in July of 2015 and life as you can imagine has only gotten busier (and sweeter). It actually taught me even more how important it is to make and take time to do things that bring you joy. I'm proud to say that now that I have zero free time, I have lots of new hobbies, goals and works in progress! Check them out, you should be hearing more about them from my blog soon!

Gardening, Reading, Calligraphy, Piano, Organize, History

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Our Family

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My Favorite Quotes

“There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.”
- Ernest Hemingway

“I was never used to being happy, so that wasn’t something I ever took for granted.”
- Marilyn Monroe

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29:11

“if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
- Matthew 17:20

“Service to others is the only thing that keeps the self-loathing to a tolerable level.”
- Sons of Anarchy