The story of afH is my story of career transition, uncovering my passion, and taking many years (and 2 states) to realize the plan that was set in place for me. A California city girl in the middle of Tennessee - a change in the making.
Fresh out of a San Diego, California high school, and armed with an arsenal of my mom's hand-me-down Nordstrom suits, fancy shoes and a flaming office supply obsession, I landed a part-time job in Corporate America as a secretary. In the years that followed, I covered many areas in the technology world: Programming, Internet Applications Developer, Data Analyst, DBA, Trainer, Hardware/Software Support and Designer. In 1999, “afH Information Technology Solutions” was birthed as I said goodbye to the corporate world and went into business for myself as an IT consultant.
In 2003 after the birth of my daughter, I experienced a “creative awakening”. It started innocently enough with a few pairs of crazy scissors and adhesive tape from the craft store. The next thing I know, I’m attending scrap-booking groups until 3 in the morning and turning out elaborate homemade teacher gifts. My passion for photography (which was birthed during my high school years – thank you Ed Schaffroth) was reignited in this season. I took pictures of just about anything I could and challenged myself to bring creative flair to my images. I also channeled some of this creative energy into my technical projects, designing websites and graphics for my clients. In 2009 after a cross-country move to middle Tennessee, I decided it was time to officially trade in the “Information Technology Solutions” part of afH for “Capture+Design”. I haven’t looked back…I found joy in capturing the lives of my clients and the beauty of God’s creation.
Looking back over my career, I see a lot of transitions. These transitions have made me who I am today. I don't expect I'm done transitioning, but I can finally see a “settling” of my giftings > strengths. On my canvas, I see a wonderful blend of creative flair > technical savvy combined with a head for administration, accented by teaching > leading others. What hasn’t settled is my dedication to improve my character, learn from others > stay humble. For me, true humility is understanding my strengths AND weaknesses, > allowing God’s grace to enable me to accept myself where I’m at while pursuing improvement.
Most importantly, whether it’s my business or my personal life, I choose to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ, with the pillars of integrity, quality and devotion supporting everything I do.
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