How did I get to be the systems go-to-girl you’re probably wondering?
Well, it’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep it brief.
Ever since I was a little girl, I had ponies and horses. I always wanted to be a vet when I grew up, but for some reason, I wasn’t cut out to study biology in high school, so I ended up going to Community College to take a business computer programming course. Talk about a pendulum shift, huh?
Computers were just getting into the schools in the late 80s and everyone said ‘that’s where the money is, in computers. Get yourself a computer job.’
I did graduate top 2 in my class. But the thought of leaving my rural roots and horse life to trade for city life to be a programmer just wasn’t for me.
I transferred those skills of trouble-shooting, problem-solving, strategic thinking and understanding how technology works into being an Office Manager at a Community College.
For 12 years, I supervised the financial department at three campus locations. Because of the physical distance between locations, it became important to create systems and processes so that staff could make business decisions without having to track me down.
Fast forward the story (I said I would try to keep in brief), and now here I am helping creative [non-details] entrepreneurs setup systems and processes for their business, using what I learned from my computer programming days and supervising staff – oh and also my experience of raising and training my own horses.
Raising and training horses takes patience and consistent repetition. You also need to be willing to listen and learn from them. I may not have grown up to be a vet, like my original life plan – instead I got the best of both worlds – enjoying competing on my horses and helping business owners succeed.