What an amazing celebration of leadership & community engagement of Latinx students at UTD during the Hispanic Leadership Banquet!
An honor to have been the keynote speaker on behalf to speak about We are Power. We are Change. Somos Familia.
Thanks for the invitation @utdshpe & @ut_dallas !
Late night video editing... Honored to be running for the @shpenational Board of Directors position. Requires a lot of work. Requires a lot of time & investment but boy is it worth it.
Anytime I feel defeated, anytime I question what I'm doing, if it's even worth it, or if anyone would notice - SHPE is always there to reassure me. It's been an absolute blast to serve as the @shpedfw president, to serve @shpe_region5 as the Regional Vice President. Now I'm hoping to take my years of helping on committees, raising red flags, pushing for & supporting the needs of our students & professionals to the next level!
I certainly an ambitious & quite frankly I deeply respect the current board, the roles & responsibilities which is why I'm so adamant about serving on it. Nothing worth fighting for is easy. This election (like last) I've already suffered being scrutinized & sought after - sadly, it's nothing new & I highly doubt this will be the last night.
However, I know the reasons I'm running. I keep the DMs from my SHPE Familia asking for help, assistance, resources, assurance, suggestions, ideas, & insights. Having the opportunity to represent the entire SHPE National familia would be a dream come true. I'm already doing all I can with what I simply being a 1 woman show but having the chance to utilize & optimize the network, resources, policies, procedures, & partnerships... We could be unstoppable! And we're already making great headway!
I truly cannot contain my excitement for the future - #ChangingLivesPastRegion5
... Making it to senior design... By my SUPER senior year (bc that's a real thing for most engineers), I had registered for Calculus II 5x - 5th time was the charm 😉
I took Thermo 3x (1 at Marquette when on academic probation, 1 with a brand new teacher through a brand new, not-yet-accredited engr program/school after transferring, & passed my 3rd time). Retaking classes is legit a reality for engineering students.
However, once I was introduced to & found the on campus counseling center my senior year my entire college career took a major shift. I was able to see a psychiatrist. I then began a year and a half of trialing different medications to deal with & help combat my anxiety, depression, & ADHD. Some gave me a high, others had me passing out mid mechanics of materials lectures. Others made me irritable & an absolute... Well.. Not a nice person. It really screwed w me. Until we found the right solution.
Therapy was something I would have never expected though. To understand how I saw the world, how I felt about other people, how I could better work with & understand myself to better work with others. It was weird. I had been a leader. I thought I was a good team player. Yet I found myself craving more & more attention. I was in crappy relationships just to be validated. My group partners (all pictured) were the 'cool smart kids' in class & I HAD to be on their team. I couldn't accept any other reality.
Learning about myself. Learning to have self-awareness actually saved my life. I had contemplated suicide several times in high school & college but was too afraid of death to ever 'try'. But to acknowledge it's "normal" to be sad. To have the days or weeks or months where you're just 'off'. Having emotional intelligence about yourself & others makes you tuned into a whole other world people don't bother to slow down & see.
I share all this bc it's a part of who I am. It's a part of what makes me a great engineer. I'm empathic. I can put myself in someone's shoes & see their point of view even if I don't agree. I now have the inner personal strength to agree, disagree, or be impartial.
And that's as monumental as finishing my senior design project...
What all I was going through to get my mechanical engineering degree... *SIGH*
Even simply going through these pictures causes me heartburn & raises my heart rate - alot. As fun & life-changing as college was, the majority of it was absolute hell for me. HELL! Granted, I learned a lot, grew a ton, was able to solve 18+ yr old life problems I had but it was the most uncomfortable & frustrating time of my life.
I always tell the story of how I've always loved math... It just stopped loving me back once I got to Algebra. 😂
Dealing with PTSD & semi knowing about it was rather tricky. I understood that my father not being in the picture growing up, being in & out of my life later on, & then treating me like garbage as I got older took a toll on me. I understood being physically abused from 3-5 years old affected me. I was well aware being sexually abused from 9-11 yrs old 'changed' me & how I viewed the world. What I didn't get was why I always felt threatened & defensive. I didn't get why for the life of me, I couldn't pay attention. Why I always had to face the door of any room & why I couldn't trust anyone - ever.
Despite all the crazy mental health issues I was dealing with - I was dealing with being a young woman coming into her own in the middle of this crazy storm. I was the only young lady in the majority of the classes. If by the grace I'd God there was another young lady, I was the only Hispanic. It was different. Especially if I ever came across any other Hispanics on campus, I was told that I was a disgrace or not a REAL Hispanic bc I didn't speak Spanish.
So here I am. Stuck in the middle. Not accepted by the outside world & not accepted by the internal world as I hated myself. I hated how stupid I felt. I hated failing Calculus II twice. I hated having to withdraw bc i knew I was failing twice. I hated being on academic probation. I hated that I had no control over my grants & scholarships getting cut every semester bc the economy crashed (none were GPA related btw). I hated ROCKING my engineering classes & concepts but when it came to solving for X my brain froze. I'd have panic attacks... (see next post for how I overcame all this kaka...)
Because why not.. Ha!
How & why I became an engineer is essentially the same story as to why & how I am the person I've grown into today.
I was blessed & fortunate enough to win the lotto of all mothers. Granted, I was 1 for 2 in the parent department since my biological father denounced me since birth but this woman would put most pairs of parents to shame. I know I'm bias but there's no way I would even be breathing much less happy & successful without my mama.
As I was already adventurous & a 'I wanna do it' kind of person, even as a child - she used to let me fiddle with my shoe 👟 laces for a bit & then ask 'can I help fix them' to ACTUALLY tie my shoes. She allowed me & taught me how to be independent.
She taught me how to dream big & to go after any goal or passion I could fathom. When I was about 5 or 6, the usual 'what do you want to be when you grow up' conversations starter at school & I came home nearly panicked bc I couldn't just pick ONE! So there at the kitchen table, my mom & her mom (my Momo) sat me down & started processing. I wanted to be:
👩🏽⚕️ a doctor - to help people
🎤 a famous singer - to connect & share with people, to be & have a voice
📸 a photographer - to capture emotion, moments, & memories
👩🏽🏫 a teacher - to keep learning, to help educate
At the end of our family pow-wow I felt empowered & convinced I could do it all. The plan was to be a doctor, travel the world helping people. Take my camera & capture all the scenes, cultures, & places and publish them all to share, teach, & help bring the world closer together. I could gig on weekends & my Dr. salary could pay for my home studio to record & put out music.
Not 100% accurate - actually like 75% at my ripe age of 28 but incredibly insightful & pretty close foreshadowing. Replace Dr w Engineer. Teaching I do through STEM advocacy, my businesses, & nonprofits. Still sing & record - not famous yet but working on it. And thanks to my bf I got a DSLR for Christmas a few years back & am rocking & rolling on photography too!
And that was my first introduction to problem solving real world problems.
Instagram Takeover!! Check out @thestemsquad this week as I'll be sharing ALL the behind the scenes footage into my life.
I tend to share when & where I can here but with the opportunity to share throughout the world & with fellow STEMinists - its on like Donkey Kong 🙊
SCHECK it out. The stories all week will be major!
See y'all over there 🔜
Had a pretty awesome day!
Do you ever sit & imagine the most perfect-est day? What would that look like? What would you do?
For me - I do it all the time - I'd travel. I'd get to meet new people, nice people, creative/driven/ambitious/collaborative people. I want to get dirty. The more hands on, dirty, oil, grease - the better. I enjoy wearing jeans & a high-res hat. LOVE wearing my steeltoed boots - I feel like a part of me is my Popo when I wear them.
I'm honored to have the job that I do. I know I deserve it & I work hard to keep it but how many people can say the work they do actually brings a smile to their face - Every. Single. Day. Engineering is a way of life. It's addictive to be a continuous improver. I acknowledge I'm an adrenaline junky and knowledge is my fulfillment of choice.
The more I learn, the more I expand, the more I expand, the more skills, perspectives, & opportunities I'm able to partake in. It's an endless cycle and boy is it fun! Exhilarating! Exciting! Just.. AHHHHHH!
I'm so incredibly grateful & happy to be exactly where I am doing exactly what I love & want to be doing at this exact moment.
Goals. We'll get there.
All in due time but damn doesn't it feel good to be a gangsta... #AdventuresOfBrianne#thePeopleEngineer#Engineer
I wish I could put into words the excitement & ecstasy I feel when I have the opportunity to travel.
Never would I have imagined I'd have the capabilities & job responsibilities that allowed me to travel so often. Even when I was my own boss starting my company without any revenue stream - my efforts earned me travel on other people's dime!
If you haven't yet left your state or your home country, I highly encourage & recommend you hop on a plane the first chance you get. With the world 🗺 so accessible it's unreal the amount of limitlessness you can experience simply by going somewhere new. Somewhere you DON'T speak the language. Somewhere you're NOT familiar with the culture.
Today, I'm heading to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for work. It's only a day trip but I'm stoked to head back to what felt like home to me for 4 years. Furthermore, I get to go review my designs! Having the opportunity to meet up with suppliers, assess the progress, tend to & help mitigate anything that keeps us from meeting MY deadline, & provide feedback all in person is a pretty dang cool part of engineering.
Not to mention the 30° weather will be a bit of a change. Ha!
Production Liaison Request.
If you don't already know, I'm a hard core process-loving nerd 🤓
The fact that problem-solving can be so messy & all over the place is fun but being creative & innovative while having an overall strategy, cadence, or rhythm is legit the best of both worlds. Feels like jazz drums - all the solos & jam but still within the syncopated beat. Just mind-blowing.
So how does this relate to engineering? To be a good engineer - sure you have to see the problem right in front of you. That's the obvious. Stop the bleeding. Got it. For manufacturing you see how that one simple problem affects chains & chains of future, past, & current OTHER processes, suppliers, assemblies, workers, departments, on & on. There's always a bigger picture.
Good engineers can do that. Great engineers will even let some problems run their course so the entire team or plant can learn, grow, & understand together. Sure it's painful but in the bigger scheme of things - it's necessary.
And such is life. Just because we can or feel like we should fix something right in front of us doesn't mean it's our responsibility, duty, or even place to fix it. Sometimes it is. Taking a step back to acknowledge the entire process is always a good thing. Taking the time it realize the strategy & effect each action or reaction will have is what's needed for a true leader & great problem-solver.
Just some food for thought of action-reaction and the beauty of process...
Today is definitely a "let my hair blow in the wind" kind of day.
Continuing the #ScientistsWhoSelfie & #StrongerTogether#AdventuresOfBrianne is truly me being me. The goofy, silly, random, adventure-loving, singing, dancing, spontaneous, engineer. There's more to me than just a degree, just a job title, a paycheck, what I wear or how the world perceives me.
Growing up, I would rather be caught dead over wearing pink. My hair was always wild & in a low pony tail. I wore t-shirts & athletic shorts bc I was always running around, getting dirty, & going on adventures. Sure, today at 28 I'm a bit more girly, I wear make up, enjoy dressing up, & even wear red lipstick 💋 but I'm comfortable with who I am whether it be in heels or my steeltoed boots.
Granted, I'm still learning how to accept, deal with, & move on from things that happened in the past, old stories I got comfortable telling myself, & learning to be the person I want to be. I'm open & public about who I am to help others understand engineers aren't these geeks with pocket protectors who don't know how to talk to girls. Ha! I are one! And yes, I would love a pocket protector but you'll also find me on the dance floor cutting a rug to some Reba!! (#fancy )
In a world of trying to define everyone to a box, by a label, I've learned to love being an anomaly & to even look for the uniqueness in everyone I meet. It's amazing! It's beautiful. So many beautiful strong stories.
Let's all be open about being authentic, honest, genuine, & stop trying to make ourselves feel better by putting others down. You're only hurting yourself.
Know who you are. Figure it out. Take time. Slow down. What are things that make you happy? What things make you uncomfortable?
What are your bucketlist items?
What do you hope to achieve in life? Share below. I legit want to know.
I thoroughly enjoy having my hair blow in the wind - in a car, on a horse, spinning on the dance floor, or riding my bike. What's your favorite thing?
Why I #SciComm
Look. I'm an engineer. I look like one. Act like one. A real life engineer. Period.
I share my daily adventures of engineering & my nerd out moments to help share my passion and excitement for all things STEM. Yes, I consider myself a scientist. Yes, I consider myself a mathematician. I consider myself a technologist too. Engineering is so dang cool bc it's a combination of it all & then some.
Engineering is all around us. Science is acknowledging and taking the time to observe & learn from what exists & why.
Scicomm is the initiative to help people understand that. Science, math, engineering, & technology is cool, fun, life-changing, & culture driving!
My intent in sharing isn't to brag or boast & I certainly don't share about fashion or makeup - yall know that I love my uniform & just recently started attempting to "contour" haha!
So let's not shame those who enjoy being girly - a strong woman - and are smart as hell pursuing a PhD or doing super cool research work... Or someone who nerds out over robotics & takes a selfie 🤳 with an assembly line or two.
Disappointed to hear Science magazine published a shitty article attacking major Scicomm influencers who help unveil the PhD science world. I thoroughly enjoy learning more about science through a simple hashtag & constantly tell others to check out #womeninscience or #womenInSTEM .
Incredibly silly to go after someone who is helping, someone so strong & passionate to share their knowledge & excitement for something - especially as 'nerdy' as science.
Sharing my why to show support & stand with my #WeAreSTEMSquad sisters.
Calm down. Sit down. Sharing a picture with fly threads doesn't make anyone less smart or capable or lessen their research.
Let's try positivity & support for once rather than hating & being ugly to one another.
#tbt to last weekend when I got to meet fellow islanders 🤙
Crazy to think I attended my first RLDC 5 years ago, went back to my university, & started a chapter just before I graduated. The chapter continued on, flourished, & showed up at #2018rldc5 with like 10 people!! 10!! Loved seeing driven women & strong leadership in the chapter. Honored to be a @islanduniversity alumna & love seeing so many more engineers coming out of their engineering programs!
The stage has always been my home.
For as long as I can remember, it's the 1 place I've felt my true self. The one place I could bare my soul. Even though I've fought with my self-worth, questioning who I was or what value I could ever bring to someone let alone to the world - here, it all melted away.
In the past few years, I've expanded into another stage. Still the same lights, mics, & slightly smaller audiences but I've had the opportunity share my words rather than my songs. Sharing ideas rather than entertainment.
Sure, not everyone agrees. Sure, I'll be scrutinized for how fast I talk or how much better I could have been but stepping out of my safe space, totally out of my element to share in a much more vulnerable state has been exhilarating. This past weekend at the conference, I felt it. Only 98% of what I feel onstage singing - but I was there.
Ecstasy. Pure bliss. Pure. open. honest. vulnerable. Just there. Present.
It was amazing & it was a workshop I've done countless times. But instead of thinking of my next points, wondering if my message was resonating, questioning what the audience was thinking... I just did it. I said what I had to say in a way that only I could say it.
Last night, I practiced a rough run through.
Tonight, I'm doing it again - for real.
5 minutes. 20 slides. 15 seconds per slide on autopilot.
Sharing my passion & realizations & hoping to better improve our understanding of Diversity in STEM.. and our ability to Live Limitless!
#Repost @the_people_engineer (@get_repost)
Had the great pleasure of hosting 2 workshops at the @shpe_region5 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) this past weekend.
1. Personal Branding covered how first you must know yourself in order to sell yourself. It's not about saying the 'right' things, it's about being able to acknowledge, share, & be honest about who you are & what you want.
2. SHPEtinas - How Women Succeed in the Workplace was an open forum discussion with a supporting Latina leader panel. We discussed limiting beliefs, how Women tend to cut ourselves short before anyone else, & how men can be supportive of women.
I will be making this content available throughout the upcoming weeks and am excited to share the great conversations, questions, and concepts throughout the conference this weekend.
Shout out to my SHPE Familia for constantly showing up & wanting to better yourself.
We're all in this together & I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to share my own experiences, mistakes, & resources.
Tomorrow I'm speaking at @ignitedfw!! My talk will be Living Limitless with Diversity in STEM.
I can't put into words how humbled, honored, excited, & eager I am to be sharing my passion & realization of how we truly all are #BetterTogether .
At the end of 2017, I wrote out several goals. 1 having major speaking engagements. This is one of them. I truly can't put into words the feeling of astonishment when people say they feel my passion in my words & understand my heart through my efforts and work.
Sometimes I feel like I am not enough. I wish I could grow faster, leap farther, & stay up later to accomplish all my heart desires. But alas - trying to learn my limiting beliefs, expanding my horizons, & utilizing platforms to exponentially expose my knowledge, findings, & teachings.
I'm so incredibly grateful for the DFW Community and leaders giving me a chance to share my insights & resources.
To register to attend - link in bio 😉
To say I love flying would be an understatement ✈
Seeing aircraft never ceases to amaze me - yes, I still nerd out simply seeing an airplane.
Be a nerd! Be like the 3 year old that lose it when a dump truck 🚚 drives by! That's me - 28 years old.
What kind of stuff do you nerd out about?
Hey SHPE Familia 💙
Sooooo... I'm here at RLDC and.. I'm honored to be running for the National Board position this election (April 13). During the regional meeting here at RLDC 5, I gave my 2 minute speech and expressed a little more about why I want to serve you at the national level as a board member.
Please feel free to DM me on here on Instagram. Would love to talk with your chapter on how I can help you & every single one of your members.
I've put in countless hours, miles, & efforts the last 3 years serving as the region 5 vice president and serving on national committees to the point I'd like to serve you all at the next strategic level.
Serving as the Region 5 Mama Loba 🐺 💙 gave me the opportunity to do what all I could to help fuel the local Lobos 🐾 efforts, to practice my leadership, to grow and learn better ways to serve & I'd love your chapter's support to enable me to serve our entire National familia.
I'm not done fan-girling yet!
As if I wasn't already in love with and obsessed with Africa 🌍 I have the honor of interviewing panelist @abellabateyunga from Tanzania 🇹🇿 thanks to @discovereorg!
Tanzania Bora Initiative are collaborative efforts of Tanzanian individuals who share common objectives of development in social, political and economic aspects. The initiative is inspired and driven by the zeal of seeing an engaged, accountable, and responsible society, where every citizen has responsibility and a role to play in bringing about sustainable development, as well as emphasizing accountability by leaders at all levels.
To see a peaceful, responsible, accountable and transparent society in which citizens are informed of their civic rights and actively engaged in social, political and economic development.
To promote a democratic culture in Tanzania, by encouraging good governance practices among the leaders and Citizen, Youth and Women in particular, via media and arts
Want to learn more?
Join in LIVE in 2 days - Wednesday - by registering for FREE at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・ Join @tanzania_bora at the #globalmarathon !
Y'ALL!! THIS WEEK!
I get to moderate a panel discussion with the badass woman of @mythbusters
- @inspectorplanet!! If you already don't know, I'm beyond passionate & nerd 🤓 out over sharing knowledge, sharing the crazy cool world of engineering & @discovereorg is helping us do just that!
So ya know.. No big deal. Just get to ask all the nerdy questions about how & why these Rockstar engineers are sharing what all they do and how they do it.
Join us this WEDNESDAY by registering at bit.ly/globalmarathon2018 ・・・
Join Dr. Tracy Fanara at the #globalmarathon on March 7! Click link in bio to register for this free event and learn more.
My face for 'when is my next trip.. please!' 😂
Wanderlust is a real thing. And I have it real bad. I would have never dreamed of having the opportunity to travel the world much less to have had the chance to adventure in Spain 🇪🇸 the whole week after my birthday!
No words could describe the beauty. No emotions expressed could accurately portray the excitement & joy in my heart.
I know a new adventure awaits me soon. But it won't be soon enough! Good food. New cultures. Chances to meet new friends, & acquaintances. Oh how the thought alone makes my heart leap!
Talk about a post for #MotivationalMonday !! I can't put into words the feeling of pride and excitement from hosting the College to Careers event this weekend on behalf of @shpedfw joined with @dallasswe & @nsbedfw.
And even though the % of women in engineering is still rather slim, all 3 diversity orgs are currently being ran by women engineers! It's an absolute honor to serve our DFW community but moreso to be an influence, a beacon of light, inspiration, & some kind of hope that anyone is capable of anything.
Serving as a panelist, I got a little more real than most. Sharing my mistakes and talking about the harsh realities of us being our biggest critics. We have to believe in ourselves, our dreams, & our capabilities before anyone else will ever take a chance on us. We have to be willing to show up, do work, & fight for what we want - regardless of how many times we have to retake a class or fall on our faces.
These women are my motivation & I hope we only help inspire more. We need more. We deserve to have an equal seat at the table & to give the 50% of the population our rightful perspective, insights, & say.
This weekend I had the pleasure of supporting a SWE, NSBE, & SHPE event - College to Careers.
It's crazy to think not too long ago I myself was asking the exact questions the students were.
How do you get a job at a company if you don't know anyone that works there?
What's the difference between coach and a mentor? How do I find a mentor? What's the difference between effectively communicating and bragging about yourself? On and on... Having the opportunity to provide insight, my experiences, advice, and even sharing mistakes I've made truly gives me life. It fuels me - it's my motivation. If I can help others succeed and be successful in areas I failed or had to learn the hard way - I'm all for it.
I'm currently working on creating all kinds of freebie reference documents & worksheets to help answer the questions I got this weekend.
Have any questions about finishing school? Applying or interviewing for an engineering gig? Resume writing or networking?
Let me know in the comments below.
Automotive Manufacturing. Trucking. Assembly Lines.
Very few times will any of those above be paired with a lady much less a girl.
In celebration of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, I’d like to highlight the amazing support Peterbilt has provided me in helping raise awareness of what all us ladies are capable of. From my first interview with Peterbilt Motors, I knew I was appreciated and valued. Joining the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering group as one of the youngest and the only female was an incredibly welcoming experience. For anyone who knows me, I ask a million questions, I push the status quo and I tend to challenge the comfortable ‘that’s just the way we’ve always done things’.
But they were ready for me. Peterbilt welcomes challenges. ‘Pride Comes Standard’ isn’t just a slogan but a way of thinking, a way of growing, and a culture embedded in any meeting, program, and product. Having a welcoming environment and being appreciated by an entire company’s culture is one thing – a great thing – but even more impressive is their understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion. Diversity in thought, diversity in background, diversity in general and all the while simultaneous efforts to be inclusive – always.
I’ve had the opportunity to give countless plant tours. The majority of those plant tours have been to my SHPE [Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers] students and ironically the bulk of attendees and those requesting the tours are girls. Anything from logistics, robots, project development, how the assembly lines work, process considerations, product implementation, to new cutting edge technology - the curiosity and interest only continue to grow as a tour ensues.
It’s an honor to serve the overall vision Peterbilt delivers not only to our customers through our products but internally as a family. To the many girls I’ve helped educate about the trucking industry or the manufacturing world – it’s helped solidify their interest in engineering. Being a Hispanic female, they see themselves in me & I in them. They aren't afraid to ask questions or ask how I ended up here.
SEE IT TO BE IT.
HAPPY ENGINEERS WEEK!! It's a beautiful day full of rain ☔ & puddles! My favorite!
As if getting spoiled all last week for my birthday wasn't enough, this week is the celebration of engineers!
I share this #throwback bc this is how I've always been. Excited, nerdy, & unyieldingly curious. I had the greatest opportunity to oversee #3dprinting when I worked for an international aerospace company.
Through this I was able to design, come up, & brainstorm ideas that were out of this world! Solving problems with so many different ways to go about it always has & always been a fun challenge for me. I ask a billion questions. All the time. Being an engineer isn't about having the answers or even knowing where to begin - it's about acknowledging you're only limited by your imagination & resources.
The world of design & 3D printing is so incredibly exciting because new technology allows us to visualize & create so many solutions we otherwise may not have been able to come to.
Think about it - drawings used to be hand-crafted & 'models' were merely isometric views your 45° angles allowed you to depict 🤓
We'll be jumping right in. With Exams coming up.. Or even this week for you unlucky people - I'll be going live - right here - tomorrow night to go over study tips & tricks to own exams.
Find out how to study, where to study, & how to get over the paralyzing nerves once you step foot in the room.
How do you best prepare for an upcoming exam? Do you cram? Go through class notes? Try to pull together a study group?
Let me know! Any questions - post em below & join Live tomorrow to get more details.
BRINGING YALL ROUND 2
For those of you who didn't participate in the 1st 3 Day Challenge - here's your chance.
After receiving multiple requests to do another challenge, Let's do this!! Weekdays can be incredibly stressful chaotic so let's get it together during the weekend?
What else you got planned?
Go out? Netflix?
Promise you'll still have time to take a break this weekend but you'll start Monday feeling like a whole new person!
So incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with an entrepreneur and artist I've admired for over a year now.
Last weekend was seriously a dream come true even if the weather & wind 🍃 didn't get the memo of this being a bucketlist/dream come true moment.
Looking forward to sharing the beautiful content soon via @the_people_engineer
Late night grind sessions.
Last week I launched my FREE 3-Day challenge and I helped some students get their priorities and vision aligned.
The majority of the time, we hustle. Hard. But we want to do all the things all the time. As admirable as that is, you'll be spinning in circles around yourself. I mention this, because I used to do the exact same thing.
Up late with no electronics (which is why I didn't post this last night) has been a new routine of mine. It helps my creativity and it helps me focus. In 20 minutes I outlined the next 5 months of my (soon to be announced) monthly membership.
I've spent countless hours on building what I wish I had as a junior in college. Creating a personal brand 4+ years ago in order to better serve, to better help people understand what it is I feel my purpose like is, was a pretty big leap of faith.
If you haven't noticed, finally got around to renaming my IG handle. Calling it what it is and more than happy to share all aspects of my life.
As a way to celebrate the official launch and wrapping up the month of January - join the 3 day challenge #goalsplanwork
Each day you'll be challenged to take inventory of yourself, your goals, and your life.
It's definitely not an easy task to do actual work but if you're tired of feeling lost, confused, defeated, & not sure how to go about graduating or being a successful engineer - you're at the right place.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should register. If you know anyone who could benefit from having these questions answered - send it their way.
Quite stoked to get the ball rolling tomorrow! See y'all soon!
Link in bio to register!
Major announcement 📢 will follow the 3 day challenge.. And it's killing me not to shout it from the rooftops! Ha!
But it'll be good... Great.. Life changing!
After mentoring so many fellow young engineers and soon-to-be engineers for over 5 years, I can't wait to help build community and pour my heart and soul, all my advice, experience, and share my network of advisors, mentors, fellow boss engineers, and experts to ANYONE who wants access!
For anyone who nerds out over hands-on learning and knows they want to be an engineer when they grow up but can't stand to open their thermo book... I feel ya. And I'm here for you.
As a part of the official launch of The People Engineer, I'll be announcing a free 3 day challenge to help get your semester started off right.
And for you recent grads nervous about applying for jobs or worried you won't find anything soon - join us as well. You'll be glad you did.
Are you coming up on your senior year? Maybe even a super senior?
Not sure what to do or where to start?
You're not alone. And you don't have to lose your mind stressing anymore.
Being an engineer - or any STEMer for that matter - is already stressful enough. Adding on struggling through a few classes, not having a bomb GPA... Eh. Things can get overwhelming and chaotic quick.
This beautiful Saturday afternoon sure brought a lot of joy to me today.
Can't wait to gift one of these beauties to myself for my birthday. Another item on the bucketlist not too far away... #myDreamCar
Mid-morning apple 🍏
Working in the plant for the last 2 weeks had been INSANELY draining, fun, busy, and beyond chaotic. My emails are backed up, my daily to-do list is getting harder to achieve, but boy is being lineside a blast!
I tend to have the need to walk the assembly lines when I start feeling restless. My mentor taught me to go NEAR the product when you start feeling too far removed. She used to take me to the hangars when we were working on a work package for the Army helicopters 🚁. Reviewing plans, documents, excel sheets, budgets, it can all make you cross-eyed 😵 in a hurry.
Im grateful to be having so much fun but now more than ever I need to make it a point to take a break. To eat healthy. So here's my apple! Haha! I ran inside to take a break before heading back out & in the meantime go through a few dwgs that are now backed up in my queue. "Unto whom much is given, of him shall much be required" - Luke 12:48
And boy... Am I enjoying this!
I'm a sucker for quotes but lyrics... for whatever reason songs just find a piece of your soul & explains it perfectly.
But who would have thought the short clip from Cinderella would hold such inspiration. A few months ago I randomly caught myself singing these exact words when I felt like I was living a dream. It has been my DREAM. MY LIFE GOAL. to work in automotive manufacturing. To own my own consulting firm was a life goal. Then to acknowledge and have the opportunity to now have both. BOTH. Not one or the other, but BOTH.
When I was little I was encouraged to dream. And to dream big. I didn't want to grow up to have 1 job title, I wanted to be truly myself, love life, and get paid to do just that. And now I am. It's surreal. I'm so grateful and honored and blessed to be living the life I could only dream of. And all the struggles and heartaches and turmoil only makes it that much more beautiful!
Life is beautiful.
My nephew brings such a gorgeous new perspective and innocence to life. His smile and laugh fills a room and warms my soul.
A newborn is so curious, happy, open-minded, acknowledges surroundings, fascinated with learning everything around them.
Since he's been born, it's definitely alot easier to be mindful and follow his lead.
I visited an 8th grade science class today. Good ol' physical science. How I miss when it was all a hodgepodge of application science class.
Amazingly enough, I was discovered by a retired mechanical engineer who used to work at Raytheon who volunteers at this middle school to help encourage, educate, and introduce underprivileged kids to the opportunities and possibilities of life. He VIRTUALLY brings in guest speakers from all walks of life through video conferencing (aka Google hangouts) & the kids have a brief introduction and an opportunity to ask all the questions they want.
Of course, majority of my intro was about my life and how similar my life story was to theirs pertaining to upbringing, circumstances, and situation. Majority were kids of color and did not have a father figure in their life. Their limited knowledge and exposure definitely did not hold these kids back. They were eager to learn, excited to dream and imagine stuff - future engineers just awaiting.
Going into classrooms give me life. Explaining how & why I went into Mechanical Engineering. Doing the Robot when explaining how down do the joints our bodies are dynamic structures & are mechanically inclined... It's just cool. It's fun. Nerding out about me questioning how and why things are made the way they are & then seeking to better understand/grasp the concept.. Ugh!
Science is sooo cool. Opening up the beauty of the world right underneath our noses. I hope and pray I'm able to continue sharing my personal story, journey, and wxoedi with being a mechanical engineer 👩🏽🔧 #AdventuresOfBrianne#thePeopleEngineer#LatinaEngineer#LatinasInSTEM#SHPE#SHPEDFW#SHPERegion5#ChangingLives#SeeItToBeIt#betterTogether
I'm dedicated to doing research to not only better myself but to help others as well. This Tuesday (like every coming Tuesday) I'll be hosting a live session on my Facebook Page (search 'People Engineer if you're interested). Imposter Syndrome is the topic I'll be covering in 2 days. As a female engineer, you already feel a bit uncomfortable. As a Latina Engineer, I straight up don't feel like I belong.
Add on having sucked at math starting 8th grade - good ol' Algebra - rocker Geometry & Trigonometry - then struggled for the next 4 years with Calculus 1, 2 (the devil), and 3.
Anytime I would tell people 'I'm majoring in mechanical engineering' their immediate response was 'wow! You must be REALLY smart' or 'wow! You must be good at math huh'... I immediately felt like I failure. I never told anyone how many times I had to retake Calculus II until after I graduated. I didn't mention how long it took me to get my degree, how I had to transfer, or how many OTHER classes I had to take until after the fact.
Acknowledging my mindset, fears, and lack of self-worth by seeking help through counseling really awakened my soul. Thankfully, as a young professional, I was able to leave my misconstrued ideas of what it meant to be an engineer behind.
To know you don't have to have all the answers, to know you will ALWAYS have something more to learn, and sometimes you WILL feel not ready, less than, or unqualified - but to show up & take on the challenge is what will make you a great engineer - that's what I'll be diving into this Tuesday.
The universe works in miraculous ways. To have already been asked to cover this topic before the Holidays to having Amazon drop this off at my doorstep this afternoon. Excited to dive in - join me if you can or feel free to send me a message or check it out after on Facebook.
(From me and my fur babies)
I woke up late (7am), scheduled resource posts for @shpedfw - upcoming events, helpful links, and nerded out over the Dallas ISD STEM EXPO next Saturday.
Alas, I started working on Facebook, scheduling business posts, and started getting buried. Ha! (don't we all?) But alas, my Lilo came over to ask me to stop working and pay attention and love him. ☺
This is literally how I feel the majority of the time. It means alot for someone to stop what they're doing to give you their undivided attention and love - right?! My kittens tend to remind me to breathe. To be human. To take breaks. I'm an all in or nothing type of person and tend to run myself into the ground fast.
I'm so incredibly grateful for these furballs and the unconditional love and attention they give.
Happy Sunday - for those grinding, remember to take time to sit and quiet your mind. Live in the moment. We have hours on hours to work - Be sure to invest in your down time as well.
I tend to have a theme in life. Problem. Turmoil. Problem Solving. Growth. Resolution. Repeat.
I was feeling pretty negative about how I had spent the last year sharing my life in these little squares & even had those close to me say I was being quite repetitive in my messages. I was hurt. I always want to bring value to people - especially those who know me or follow me. I want to add to life, not be some broken record in the background.
So I brought it up with my therapist (yes, I have a therapist) last week and she challenged me to go back & read my old posts to verify just how 'repetitive' I am. She figured I was being too hard on myself and I was. Sure, my messaging is very similar & definitely had a theme but it's because that's my life. Like everything else, there are cycles. I'm on top of the world, then I get knocked down - work, at home, personally, friendships, business, family, relationships, on & on - then I get back up, and deal with it.
Acknowledging this process, accepting it for what it is, and learning how to get past all the BS is work in progress. Having dealt with a slew of misfortunes - I could easily sit back, be scared, not want to do anything, be timid - but I'm not punk! I refuse to let anything anyone or any situation/circumstance have power over me.
As an engineer, I enjoy solving problems. But so many of us don't tend to own problems in our very lives. We're afraid of what letting go of our negative, sad, hurt story might mean. We're afraid to be successful. We're afraid to rise!
So if ever my posts seem a tad repetitive.. Know I'm mostly likely working through a cycle. I'm pushing myself, reminding myself it's just a phase and I'm trying to push my mindset into preparing for the next phase. We all need a little help, support, and push sometimes. Hope my sharing helps in more ways than 1.
LINK IN BIO.
Cannot wait to host these 2 via my Facebook Live feed tonight.
In my many hours of absence - in my lack of posting to my story or even a legit post - I'm working! Working incredibly hard. There's so many great stories, advice, resources, and as The People Engineer™ - I'm bringing all the goods - LIVE!
We have a few topics outlined:
What made you choose your major/discipline?
What made you choose the career path you're on?
What was the hardest thing you faced in school?
What's the hardest thing you've had to deal with/get through after?
And that's just SOME!
Check out more tonight with a Water Resource Engineer based out of Austin flying all over the country & a Combustion Engineer who's studying abroad in Switzerland!
Working for a manufacturing plant is pretty dang cool, I must admit. Had I known there was such a thing as manufacturing and industrial engineering - that's probably what I would have done.
Even though I love Mechanical Engineering - being an ME is insanely broad. You learn everything from Fluid Mechanics to Thermodynamics to Heat Transfer to Mechanical System Design to Logic Controllers. It's legit endless.
However, having struggled through my ME degree with such complex concepts due to my personal struggle with Calculus definitely helped prepare me for full time work - employment - even as an entrepreneur and business owner. Engineering teaches you how to analyze, how to be a critical thicker, how to be data driven, how to be strategic. As industries continue to grow and evolve - morphing into something new everyday with new technologies and new applications - engineers and problem solving are needed more now than ever before.
Same principles apply to coding and computer science. That's engineering in the digital world. You're building, analyzing, developing, testing - all engineering processes, all engineering principles.
Are you an engineer? Do you know one? What's your favorite part of engineering?
My favorite is to make sense of chaos. To process. To idealize. Then implement. The personal impact of making people's lives easier, saving companies money simply by being 'lean'. I'm obsessed with processes, procedures, and Lean Six Sigma.
Even though I'm physically no longer the one spinning the mouse, I oversee and lead so many designs it's unreal. It's pretty cool when an entire organization entrusts products and shipment processed in your expertise. Moving into automotive manufacturing from aerospace is now bringing in so many more subassemblies and figure out a way to keep high quality, seamless flow of deliveries, and sequencing it all perfectly to be in the right place at the right time - BOOM! Assembly Line.
Product drives off... It's really surreal. I geek out over design - in general. To visualize ideas/concepts in 3D blank space. 3D modeling straight up let's you create what doesn't yet exist or to prove ideas or innovative solutions or even to add in new technology you might not even be the owner of! The power of staying up to speed with industry news and cutting edge technology.
During this meeting, my boss mentioned how I ordered 3D printed parts for dunnage of a design I'm responsible for. He's never ordered a 3D printed part, much less for a prototype, and SERIOUSLY didn't believe me when I told him I was ordering a 'rubber-like material'. His response 'we don't have that. That's not a thing.' As nervous and skeptical as he is, my experience in personally running a $150k+ PolyJet printer for over a year... I'm incredibly excited and eager to introduce the capabilities of our in-house and technical center's 3D Printers to my Advanced Manufacturing Group.
As everything else in life, we're only limited to our imaginations.
Facebook Live-in' it up!
No make up. Even in my sleep clothes (check my story if you don't believe me). I truly cannot hold back my excitement for the upcoming year & was honored to share my 2017 with you all.
The more I work on brainstorming content I'm preparing for this month the more I feel like I'm busting at the seems. I'm looking forward to taking better care of myself. To documenting and not spending so much time in trying to perfect or 'finalize' everything.
I'm an engineer. I can't help but get caught up in the details. But as a musician, nothing is like a live performance. The double-edged sword... And major extremes existing in the same person. Ha!
It's out there. I'm out here. Doing my thang - hoping to help educate, inspire, motivate, & support as many as I can. If I can overcome all the kaka life handed me, still be an engineer, start my own consulting firm at 27, travel over 100k miles world wide - you got this! (and I'm here it help!) Please let me know if there's anything you want to know, any questions, any career ideas, any help you need. I truly enjoy helping people. It's in my bones to serve! Can't wait to expand and help so many more people on so many different levels in multiple ways.
It's crazy too look back at these Top 9 - to realize the life I'm living now (with a few throwbacks). It has been my dream to serve, to share, to help educate, to be well, to be full.
2017 was the best year of my life as I completed the TOP 3 THINGS ON MY BUCKETLIST. Legit. The top 3 goals I had in life - done. Down. Check. Just like that. 3. Go skydiving
2. Go to Spain
3. 1. Start my own consulting firm
Now what? I couldn't have imagined I'd do all that in 1 year much less in the first half of a year. 2017 was truly a transformational year. From being laid off the first week back to work after the holidays - walked out by my corporate mentor mind you - to figuring out my next step, then how to even start that - then to acknowledging my sharing and personal brand was a business all on its own!
Being open to receiving. Learning how to accept love, help, and breaks from the universe.. From powers up above I'll never attempt to explain.
Things just worked out this year. Just straight up saw itself through. And I'm still standing.
Every day I push myself to grow, to learn more, to love and allow more abundance in my life. The milestone of starting 2018 has me eager but determined - determined to get paid, to know my worth, and to not settle for anything less than what I know is right, what I know I deserve, and everyone and everything else can keep stepping. I will have expectations and I won't be sorry for them.
I'm not meant to serve everyone. I'm not meant to lead everyone. Not everyone will like me, agree with me, or understand me. And that's okay. That's my big focus. That's my big shift. I know this to be true but now to act accordingly and not be heartbroken or devastated when I'm faced w adversity.
January 1 (cont'd)
I'm kind of over the whole 'perfection' thing. The majority of my life, I've felt 'not enough'. Not pretty enough, not smart enough, not rich enough, & it tortured my self-esteem.
Today (after my unnecessary run back & forth drive to work), I took the day to take it easy & reflect. I make goals monthly. I review as often as I remember. I bought a (goal oriented) planner for 2018 and I plan on utilizing every ounce ounce of it. But to acknowledge who I am and how I've become that.. Just wow!
I've been in survival mode for decades now and I'm retraining myself to see the bigger picture. Having the opportunity to dream big, to push myself, to learn, to grow, to surround myself with people who support, accept, & encourage me - it's amazing. But also learning to trust myself, my intuition, my gut, & to set boundaries. And do all this a little more every day.
I'm still learning. Still developing. I'm by no means perfect nor will I ever be.
Un Dia a la Vez. One day at a time.
The new year is a milestone. It's an exciting new adventure we're all embarking on and I can't wait to see and share what it has in store for us all.
Woke up at 5am. Stretched. Grabbed by food for the day. Completed my new daily routine. Off to work by 5:45.
Get to work around 6:45. All excited and eager I'm early.
Relatively empty parking lot. Something fishy with only 15-20 cars there.
I walk through the cafeteria bc it's 15° outside. Gated. Energy saving lights on. Hmmm. 🤔
Get to unlit front office area. Have to badge in. All lights off. Energy saving lights follow me, turn on & off as I walk though the hall. 😕
Walk to my desk all the while checking every cubical area for any other souls... Nada. Pitch black w only emergency lights on. I Rev up my computer 🖥, check the company intranet --- Jan 1, 2018 - Holiday. 😩🙁😑😶😏🤣😂😅😄 ^all the emotions I felt at once! Haha!
Proud of myself for getting up early & starting off my Monday right. Embarrassed I made the hr long drive to work and had to drive back home. Ha! Excited to have another day to sort through, deep clean, hit up guitar center, play some music, bulk content prep for orgs, brands, & my company. Good ol' Jan 1.
Seems like a good sign to be showing up eager & a little TOO ready for the New Year. 2018's gunna be GREAT! 🎉
On this day - 4 years ago I graduated 🎓 college with my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.
I can't put into words the feeling of accomplishment, the sense of surrealism, the relief but also the 'no way... Really.. I did it?!'. From traveling 1000 miles away from home to attend Marquette University without ever visiting - to failing Calculus II twice, withdrawing twice, being on academic probation, having to leave the school of my dreams - moving back to Texas to build my foundation of algebra - feeling like a failure - working engineering internships all the while - being told I didn't belong in my engineering classes - having a guy go through my windshield - starting my blues/classic rock cover band - taking thermodynamics 3 times - learning I suffered from PTSD - starting therapy - being on 8 different meds for 1.5 years to try to function normally - having 3 failed relationships due to being cheated on - my grandfather passing away - having knee surgery - being date raped my super senior year - having surgery on my face (x2) - and sooooo much more.
I survived. I made it. And I'm successful as an engineer. As a female. As a Hispanic. As an anomaly. And I'll continue to break the expectation of statistics.
I'm just getting started... #AdventuresOfBrianne#thePeopleEngineer
I hope you know how much you fill my soul. To have been the first place I considered home. The first place I found true love. The first place I was able to discover who I was, am, and want to be. The first place I was allowed to explore my dreams without being labeled or doubted.
Coming back brought up so many emotions, so much joy, and tranquility. Thank you for continuing to bring out the best in me. I never imagined choosing Marquette would have me fall so deeply in love with Milwaukee.
Until next time... #AdventuresOfBrianne#thePeopleEngineer#Milwaukee#MKE#home#WeAreMarquette
I enjoy processing soooo much! I literally cannot put it into words. Had I known what Industrial Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering really was - college would have been a completely different experience for me.
Mapping stuff out, allocating resources, space, reviewing what will go when and where and how brings me so much joy. Having the opportunity to oversee an entire assembly line, even just one of the several we have is just amazing. Me. Little ol' Brianne is making the call, saving money, creating new installation processes, coming up with brand new kit racking deliveries of product to the lines... Major nerding 🤓 out over here. Anyone else leave meetings and feel like they're serving their life purpose?! #AdventuresOfBrianne#thePeopleEngineer#manufacturing#ManufacturingEngineer
Did a major catch up 👆
(via YouTube) day before yesterday.
Day 7: How are you helping others discover STEM
(longest & most fun part of my video...) Day 8: Favorite STEM Resource
Day 9: Favorite STEM Activity (hard to just pick one but I did)
Day 10: 4 Tech Things I Can't Live Without
Day 11: Favorite Blogs/Vlogs/Podcasts
Allllllllllllll that in 1 video.
Go scheck it out. Link in bio!
Like, comment, subscribe, see how I can't focus my camera 📹 to save my life... 😂
Really pushing myself to get better at these things. Finally found my point & shoot 📸 so I won't be limited to recording at my desk anymore.
Yay for fun moving targets 🎥
No this isn't what's underneath your feet. And yes even though I'm a Nature Nut.. The ELECTRICAL ground is what first came to mind this morning when I saw my topic for the day with the #WeAreSTEMSquad challenge!
Why did I think 'electrical' ground?
Well... To me, electrical engineering, and any electronics are black magic 🖤. As much as I nerd out and geek over gears, sprockets, wrenches... Electricity isn't tangible. You can't see or hold it, it's this mystical thing you can harness, create, generate, transfer but it's always been CRAZY for me to think about. Seriously.. Think about a light switch. You flip it on and SOOOO many things have to happen for you to have light. *mind blown*
Welp, my junior year in college I had the opportunity to learn to manufacture PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) and I loved it. I literally had a baby screwdriver & wired piece by piece together - GROUNDING - every single one. ==================== Mini intro to PLCs (more can be found at www.plcdev.com/how_plcs_work
A programmable logic controller is a specialized computer used to control machines and processes. It therefore shares common terms with typical PCs like central processing unit, memory, software and communications. Unlike a personal computer though the PLC is designed to survive in a rugged industrial atmosphere and to be very flexible in how it interfaces with inputs and outputs to the real world.
The components that make a PLC work can be divided into three core areas.
The power supply and rackThe central processing unit (CPU)The input/output (I/O) section
PLCs come in many shapes and sizes. They can be so small as to fit in your shirt pocket while more involved controls systems require large PLC racks. Smaller PLCs (a.k.a. “bricks”) are typically designed with fixed I/O points. For our consideration, we’ll look at the more modular rack based systems. It’s called “modular” because the rack can accept many different types of I/O modules that simply slide into the rack and plug in.
Day 4 of the #WeAreSTEMSquad challenge. I nerd out 🤓 - HARD - about anything & everything mechanical engineering related (go checkout Vlogmas #2 on YouTube if you don't believe me). Ha! And sometimes, I legit just Google 'heat/fire🔥 explained with thermodynamics' and I find these remarkable, eye-opening, brain churning, eloquently elaborations... P. S. I personally took this picture last year camping for my #OptOutside Thanksgiving 2016. Love fire. I'm such a Pyro. And a mechanical engineer/lover of thermo/physics/heat transfer. "The way you perceive fire is the result of numerous chemical and physical processes.
Atomic Transitions- The distinct colors that you see in a flame are the result of electrons changing energy levels within at atom. When an excited electron drops to a lower energy level, a photon is released, in order to conserve energy. The frequency of the photon released depends on the exact transition the electron makes. In fact, the energy levels of a particular element are somewhat unique, and so the exact colors emitted by electrons changing energy levels are somewhat unique to the element. In chemistry class you may have done a flame ionlab at some point to see that different metals produce flames of different colors, as a result of the different transitions taking place, unique to each element. In the second video I just linked, you can see a variety of colors such as green, blue, red, or orange depending on the element.Thermal Radiation- However, the red/orange colors you typically see from most combustion reactions in real life are actually the result of a different process. As mentioned in the Minute Physics video, impure flames usually burn reddish orange because the soot and ash particles around the flame are so hot that they emit visible light. This is a different process than the atomic transitions I mentioned. All objects, when heated, emit radiation in the form of electromagnetic waves and the temperature of the object determines the exact wavelengths emitted. You are actually emitting "light" as we speak, but you are so cool that the radiation you emit is in the infrared range, and therefore not visible."
Taking on all the challenges this wonderful month of December 2017.
I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity to partake in the Infinite Receiving Bootcamp this week.
For this challenge, I have to take on at least 3 new activities that I have to do today and throughout the week.
As often as I give and give some more and then find MORE ways to give, I rarely stop to ask for positive feedback. Of course, naturally I always ask for criticism or how I could have done better but as part of this challenge I'm choosing to seek what YOU appreciate the most about me.
Sooo... What DO YOU appreciate the most about me?
I was told this isn't fishing 🎣 for compliments but me giving people (that's you) the opportunity to share something that yall are likely too shy or not spontaneous enough to share with me.
I hope you have a marvelous Monday!
Day 2 of the #STEMCreatives#Vlogmas Challenge is now officially on YouTube!
Topic of the day: Why/How Did I Choose The Career Path I Am In
It's raw. I had just gotten back from a 2 hr bike ride.. Ha! But I'm stoked I'm keeping up with the content per day.
Check out the video and let me know what yall think. Feel free to like, comment, subscribe or let me know of any ideas or suggestions for topics for the rest of the month. Orrrrr... Let me know why you're pursuing the discipline or degree or career you're shooting for?
I'd love to hear all about what YOU wanna be when you grow up!
P.S. Currently uploading 'The Best Advice I've Ever Received'... Day 3.
Enjoying the lights w my SHPE Familia.
Without the @shpedfw family, I'm not sure I'd have the chance to meet with strangers, be guaranteed to be surrounded by like-minded people, and always walk away with new friends.
I'm so incredibly grateful for #SHPE for always giving me a family no matter where I go. With my own family being so spread out and pretty busy - I can always count on the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
(#WeAreSTEMSquad Challenge Day 1)
1 month. 2 challenges.
3 if you count my Fearless with Facebook business challenge.
4 if you count my Infinite Receiving spiritual challenge.
The year is ending but I'm determined to finish strong with so many new beginnings!! I'm excited to do my best to put out video content daily - or at the very least RECORD daily. May have to compile a few for busy days.
Tag someone to challenge them to share their story, personal journey, cool fun STEM stuff, dreams, careers. I'll promise to nerd 🤓 out with you!
Follow these hashtags to keep up with me and my fellow #STEMCreatives#Vlogmas vloggers!
P. S. To participate - video content will be provided/considered via stories, snapchat, live feeds, YouTube videos, you name it. I'll most likely be in the Instastories.. Save, compile, & upload to YouTube/Facebook at the end of the day.. Although I am getting over my fears of 'going live on my Facebook page'. Maybe with a few additional content 😉
"IT'S A SWEATER!!"
(name that movie)
My new Fluffy sweater!
This morning it was 40°.
Fall is my favorite season and even though I have a uniform for work getting to wear this wonderfully soft bundle of fluff makes me so unceasingly happy!
First time in a hammock! Finally got to use my Christmas gift from last year! Haha!
Second year of the #OptOutside tradition post-Thanksgiving.
Absolutely love being outside. Being around trees and leaves - nature just brings a whole new level of calm and clarity.
Welp.. Back to my book.