First and foremost I am an observer of human behavior. I have no formal training in psychology except for the school of life. However, I have had the opportunity to work with a career coach who really has helped me improve my ability to depend on my intuition in situations rather than always falling back on my strengths in analysis.
As for personal information: I’m an only child to parents who were considered “old” to have children when they had me in the 1960s. My German immigrant heritage drove me to be highly educated and precise. Fast forward 40-odd years and my mom died of cancer, and my father passed away after suffering from a stroke and associated dementia. This year my husband of 24 years died after a stem cell transplant to cure his acute lymphoma. I have no blood relatives in the states, my family consists of my in-laws, my pets, and the friends who stuck with me through 8 months of hell. These days I am working to find my new normal.
I love to travel and I enjoy all kinds of exercise and strive to stay fit. In the Spring and Fall I play outdoor volleyball, in the Summer I kayak, and year round I lift weights. My hobbies include photography, gardening, reading about financial markets and psychology.
I’m a woman who has always worked in the male dominated industry of computer science / engineering. I have a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science and a MS in Computer Science. Logic is my friend. I’ve spent about half of my career writing software, and the other half managing and coaching engineers and managers. I truly enjoyed working with coworkers to develop and enhance their skills to make them more effective in the workplace. I have worked on analytical solutions for the health and life sciences industry, video game middleware, telecommunications and networking. It’s been a strange trip, but an enjoyable one. As of April Fool’s Day 2011 I went on sabbatical/retired. I had been doing some management consulting but in 2013 after a set of unfortunate family circumstances I have gone back to being a mainly retired beach bum. I needed the break.
Historically this blog has covered a lot of ground related to management and business development. Recently it has changed to be more about personal development and fulfillment.
If you are interested in management and business development topics, please see my company blog at http://www.twokayaks.com/blog