Faye can you share what brings you joy? I have two Basenji dogs, a favorite breed of mine, that I show; whenever I come home, those two dogs are happy to greet me. It never falters, they have no point of reference for the quality of my day, they are just genuinely pleased to have me back and it provides an immediate feel good factor for me.
What are you most afraid of? Snakes. (No hesitation here at all.) I am unable to even look at them at a zoo through a glass tank. You will never see me watching the movie, Snakes on a Plane. In fact, really, while snakes are at the top of my list, reptiles in general make me uncomfortable, while scaly, they look spongy! Ugh!
What would you like to learn? Microsoft Access (don’t laugh). Don’t get me wrong, I see the value of databases and I love to provide business requirements. I can build spreadsheets and love to organize data into rows and columns but ask for more and I’m the first to put my head down and avoid eye contact.
Who or What inspires you? I find that locations inspire me. The Smokey Mountains are one of my favorite, so beautiful, looking at them puts life into perspective for me. My husband, on the other hand, seems to have missed the point entirely because he thinks they are “blurry”. I recently visited a friend in the Puget Sound; as she showed me her clam beds and oyster beds, I saw the beauty in their chosen location to live and the lifestyle it brings.
If you could talk to your teenage self, Faye, what would you say? Don’t take life too seriously, we never know how good we have it as teenagers. As we mature and life develops more complexities and becomes harder, we can look back and see that we had little to stress over as teenagers. Just as an added comment, I would tell my thirty year old self, do more research before accepting a job. I landed a position, which when I look back on, I could have given a much better solution. I am not sure that I was overly confident, I just didn’t know what I didn’t know!
What is your favorite book or movie? Watching TV or a movie for me is a complete “switch off”, “unplug” or “disengage brain” opportunity. Since I don’t want complex plots and story lines, or to be asked to think, I would choose something like The Devil Wears Prada, I find Amanda Priestly hysterically funny. A Madea movie can also make my day.
What have you or would you write on the before I die board? I have never written on it. I don’t really have one thing that I am desperate to complete. We (my husband and I) did have a bowl where we placed cut out pictures of the next thing we wanted: outside of the large diamond ring, we were pretty consistent in what we were looking for!
What do you understand by Project Management? For a project to be managed well and deemed to be a success, the focus cannot be all about the tasks, budget and timeline. People are an integral part of the process and need to be included in the communication, every step of the way, so that they comprehend and accept the intent and the outcomes.
Thank you Faye.