Life Lately

Girls Behind the Blog Part II

June 15, 2017
Kerry, Crystal and Rose

In case you are curious to know more about the girls behind the blog we have started a new series so that you can get to know us better!  Isn’t that special!!

kerry crystal R curacao

Be sure to read Part I of the series to learn more about our quirks and the things that make us fabulous.  Today we are focusing on our day jobs!  That is plural for each of us.  Kerry and I don’t know how to sit still so we have multiple jobs each!  I like to call it building an empire. Although, some days it feels like I’m just building a sand castle and the tide is coming in.

Crystal

My main gig is my least favorite! Since I’ve been there almost 15 years you would think that I love the place.  I don’t.  I do love my schedule though. It has been perfect because I can be home before my kids are home from school!  I am an office manager for an architectural firm.  I love architecture, I like my coworkers and I love our really cool building in downtown Atlanta.  I don’t think I could ever work in a corporate type of office after working in a very cool historic loft space full of natural daylight for so long!

How to have a successful craft booth

I also own a small handcrafted / sewing business called Stitched Into Gear!  I absolutely love to be creative!  I have always been that way.  I have a fabric addiction that I’m trying to control.  I love to see something in a book or on Pinterest and try to make it myself.  I love to have my craft booth at a local market, I love to sell on Etsy.  I love to make gifts for people.  Notice I have used the word “love” a lot because it applies to Stitched Into Gear!  I adore it.  I also adore when my Easy app makes the “cha-ching” sound when I make a sale.  That is a good sound!  If you like really awesome handmade items then I would love for you to check out my shop!  It would be most appreciated! If you have an Etsy shop or know of a good one, please let me know!  I love to support small business!

Orient Beach in St. Maarten

Kerry and I also have very exciting news!  We have partnered with my sister and have opened a travel agency.  This has been a mental plan for years but everything fell into place a short time ago and we have been working feverishly to get it off the ground!  April (my sister) has been a travel agent for years.  Kerry and I are avid travelers and often travel together.  Sharing our travel adventures was one of the reasons we started this blog years ago!  We are very excited about this new adventure!  If you want to hear more about our in depth travel information be sure to follow us at Fabulous Indeed Vacations!  We would love to help you plan your next vacation!

Kerry

My main gig is a Federal Employee.  I have worked for almost 15 years for various Agencies of the Federal Government.   I currently serve as a Grants Manager for an Institute at the National Institutes of Health.  I have worked on every side of the house for a grant to get funding by the NIH.  I have worked in Scientific Peer Review where a grant comes in and is reviewed by, you guessed it, their peers.  So we put together a panel of scientists in any given field of topic and they review a grouping of grants in the field or on that topic.  I did that at what was called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  I got to see some cool things there!  The next step in the grants process is to go to Council.  The job of the council is to make funding suggestions to each Institute at the NIH.  The Council members are congressionally appointed and serve typically for 3-4 years.  The Council group typically changes 2-3 members every year.  Council meets 3x a year.  I served as an organizer for Council at NCCAM then several years (and several Agencies) later at National Institute for Nursing Research.  In between NCCAM and NINR, I actually left the federal government to pursue Photography full-time.  I opened a company called K&R Photography in 2003.  In 14 years, I figure I have photographed almost 400 weddings.  Shew, that is a lot of brides!  I also photograph a lot of families and other portrait sessions.  I do have a website – check it out!  I did go work for the National Park Service in 2009 and stayed there for about 5 years.   I worked in contracts first and issued contracts to various companies that were providing a service to The National Park Service.  I worked in Harpers Ferry at a Service Center that served all of the parks.  I then moved to work for the Director of Media Development.  I helped manage projects for all the Parks.  We over saw everything media related, brochures, visitor center, exhibits, signage and movies to name a few things.  I did work for the Department of Defense in grants for a while, before landing in my current position.  I love where I work now, and believe in our mission.

So, that sums up our working lives!  Stay tuned for the next “Girl’s behind the blog” post!

 

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply Miranda June 15, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Y’all are such go-getters! I love it!

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