Where are you from?
It’s complicated. I grew up (mostly) in Virginia (right outside Washington DC). After high school I moved to Missoula, Montana to go to undergrad at University of Montana (Math, Chemistry, and Biology). That’s where I met my husband Joel and we got married before picking up and leaving for Laramie, Wyoming. In Laramie, we both finished graduate degrees (MBA and Math for me, Finance for Joel). Then we uprooted again and moved to Muskegon, Michigan. In Michigan I completed my Ph.D. while working full-time at Muskegon Community College for a decade. Today I live in the Salt Lake City area (Utah). Where am I from?
Do you sleep?
Yes. Seriously, I probably average 6 hours of sleep a night (I am a light sleeper and suffer from horrible insomnia when I am working on something interesting).
How long did it take you to learn all this stuff?
I have been learning my whole life. I’m just a little bit more organized about keeping what I learn than most. I purposely write blog posts or agree to give talks on a particular topic when I want to remember something I’ve learned. I keep lists with ideas and resources to investigate. I follow up on leads. I compare tools to look for the most appropriate to learn. Actively, I’ve been blogging about what I’ve learned since 2007. So as far as accelerated learning, I guess I’ve been at this since 2007. Many of my resources are a slow accumulation of knowledge over time.
How do you get so much done?
I watch no live television. None. Really. Not even the news. There is no television reception at our house and we like it that way. The average American watches 34 hours of television a week in 2011 (Nielsen Research figures). Want to reclaim your life? Turn off your TV and stay away from YouTube binging.
Do you still teach classes at a college?
Yes. I still teach a bit as an adjunct for Westminster College (in Utah) and Pima Community College (in Arizona). I teach a course called “Functions Modeling Change” at Westminster (online or in-person) and teach “Ethics in the Workplace” for Pima Community College (online).
What do you do in your spare time (do you have any)?
I read voraciously. I walk my dogs. I hike. I learn more. I love to travel. I am the personal slaves of two dogs.
Where did busynessgirl come from?
In the year 2000 I was working on my MBA and my husband got me a birthday cake that said “Happy Birthday Busyness Girl” as a joke (because I’ve always been this busy). I guess it stuck.