So I’ve decided with nothing happening in the IVF world, I’d do this little daily blog challenge to keep my writing up during the month of December. Feel free to do your own or answer the question of the day in the comments for yourself!! Sharing rocks.
Day One: Intro and Recent Pic
My name is Aimee, and while my blog used to be called EcoGrrl, I updated it this past year to The EcoFeminist to reflect my evolving self and my life’s focus (leaving the riot grrrl world and fully moving into this new age of forty-something that’s pretty kickass as well).
Work-wise, I am a recruiting consultant and career coach, and have owned my own business since the summer of 2012 when I left the corporate world and the prior 14 years in HR/Recruiting roles working for others, to focus on recruiting for small companies and startups who don’t have their own in-house recruiter. I primarily recruit in the technology sector because it’s so hot here in Portland, but have also helped out marketing and manufacturing firms during my time as a solopreneur. In addition to that, I spend about 25% of my time as a career coach, helping folks who know what they want to do get to where they want to go – creating a more targeted, fluid, recruiter-friendly resume and LinkedIn, introducing them to people in their field who can help them get familiar with the world they want to go into, whether that be an industry, a type of company, or an altogether new type of job, help with compensation and cover letters and interviewing skills, and also really help them distill what they’ve been through in their careers to craft a message they can have to communicate to employers as to who they are and what they bring to the table. It’s work that I’m good at and that I enjoy.
I’m also a writer, having the callouses on my fingers to prove it since a very young age, journaling, writing career advice columns and guest posts, and have blogged for the past 7 years about anything and everything that’s on my mind.
I love photography, particularly black and white, and back in a past life made a bit of money doing portrait and band photography. I also love being in the kitchen getting messy and trying new things, and also made money in a past life as a chocolatier, making truffles under the name Bittersweet (if you search enough you’ll find the old posts integrated here in my blog from 5 years ago or so). I love being out in nature and while I was a “city kid” for so many years, my recent travels have shown me that the slower lifestyle of the country is fitting me more and more every day (although I dig my cafe kittycorner from my house!).
While I’m a native Oregonian and live in Portland, I’ve also lived in Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Santa Barbara, and as a kid, got to live in Washington DC (Virginia) and Savannah, Georgia, for a bit which was pretty cool. I adore travel and have been to 42 states, most Canadian provinces, Mexico, England, Scotland, France, and Australia. Next up on our priority list are Ethiopia and Italy, but I also have cravings to explore various parts of South America, Alaska, Newfoundland and Japan (not to mention the entire African continent!).
A homeowner for almost 10 years, I live in a fairly diverse area of Northeast Portland and haven’t owned a car in 8 years. I love my garden, my simple sustainable/green home and lifestyle, my bike, and my super walkable neighborhood, and surround myself aesthetically with photographic memories, local art and not a ton of clutter.
And of course, I am married to my best friend and the best partner I could ever ask for. I met my husband Dan in 2011 through my blog which he started following and commenting on, and through back and forth blog comments (he’s an amazing writer as well, but has since retired his own blog), we started communicating offline, and a long distance relationship blossomed. Through a number of visits back and forth between his home country of Australia and mine here in Portland, we fell deeply, madly in love, and in 2014 he packed up and left his country to come here, and we made it official in May of that year. My husband worked for the developmentally disabled in Australia for 16 years and made a dramatic career shift here to work in the sustainable food world. He is incredibly kind, crazy funny, wicked smart, highly creative, an amazing conversationalist, and has the most beautiful heart. We went through hell and back together in our relationship to everything as it should be, and then after settling in to married life, have been dealing with the heartache of infertility for the past year. There is no one else I’d rather walk down this road with.
I’m 41 and will be 42 in two months. My husband is my family and I don’t know where the months and years ahead will take us. Our Ethiopia adoption progress and our fertility treatments should continue in 2016 but as we know, there are no guarantees in this life. So I am trying to be mindful and live more in the present, while preparing for whatever the future holds.
~ Maya Angelou