I love working on projects and seeing them actualized. I want to see my idea made real, I want to see it, hold it in my hands, or analyze the data resulting from my efforts. I am highly motivated by the desire to see a project actually completed- I want to do it right, to do it thoroughly, but most of all, I want to get it done.
When I’m working toward a goal or project, I strive to keep the end game in mind while working steadily on my daily steps to get there. Though the goal can seem intimidating or far off when considered on a whole, I am propelled forward by my love of the finished product to push past my resistance and take small actions that chip away at it. I take inspiration for this follow-through mindset from Lin-Manuel Miranda. When speaking on his work, which includes writing the broadway musical Hamilton, and the music for Disney’s Moana, Miranda said:
Beauty and order are fundamentally motivating to me. I’m drawn to them, I pay attention to them, and I seek to create them around me. My improvement-seeking creativity drives me to take something that exists and to reorder or redesign it to make it more beautiful, more powerful, or more efficient. I do this in the physical world, on paper, and digitally. The design and order of physical spaces, images, and text are of the utmost interest and importance to me. I hone my creativity by consuming and analyzing a lot of visual content in order to inspire and inform my skills and ideas. I love to take on improvement projects to build up my abilities (and have fun), and as soon as I finish one, I start thinking of a new endeavor. In my last job, I used my improvement-seeking creativity to:
redesign and rebuild the school website
reimagine the school’s marketing materials
redesign eight of the schools classrooms from the ground up
restructure and redesign the entire second grade math curriculum
build literature curriculum
create the school yearbook
I am proud of what I have achieved in my creative life thus far, and I am continuing to develop my skills in an effort to reach the heights of the designers and artists whose work I admire most, and I look forward to continuing to beautify and organize the world around me in my work.
View some of my creative improvement projects here:
I’m a people person. I like meeting new people and getting to know them, so friendly, polite, and effective communication has always been of central importance to me. My work experience has helped me push my communication skills beyond my natural abilities.
As a retail manager, I became comfortable greeting strangers and getting know them, listening to them, and finding a product or solution to meet their needs. I developed my leadership communication skills when directing and motivating my associates, and strategizing with my management team. As a teacher, I learned to present information in a clear and logical manner and to carefully consider the context of my audience. I learned to communicate professionally with parents about their children in a casual context, at parent-teacher conferences, and via email. I learned the language of conflict resolution when mediating disputes among children.
In my personal life, I enjoy getting out my comfort zone and putting myself in new situations. I’ve attended professional conferences where I didn't know anyone beforehand and have enjoyed the challenge of meeting people in this setting. In my daily interactions, I make a point to acknowledge and connect with people who provide a service to me- a cashier, waitress, UBER driver, or barista- because I enjoy establishing positive relationships with all the people I encounter, and I know what it’s like to do jobs where receiving appreciation for your work is rare. I look forward to continuing to build my communication skills as I continue to grow and take on new challenges in my work and life.