Amanda Huffman Civil Engineer Mom

Air Force Civil Engineer to Stay at Home Mom

Amanda Huffman served in the Air Force for 6 years as a Civil Engineer Officer. She then retired in order to raise her family and support her husband in his continued military career.

Photograph of Amanda Huffman, Air Force Civil Engineer, Stay at Home Mom
Amanda Huffman, Air Force Civil Engineer, Stay at Home Mom

Amanda has begun blogging at AirmanToMom.com about being a female veteran, a military spouse, and a mother. One of her goals is to help amplify the voices of female veterans whom she says are often lost in the shuffle as they are such a small percent of our nations’ service members.

Amanda enjoys the daily challenges and rhythm of caring for her two sons ages 5 and 2, and speaks fondly of her tenure serving in the Air Force.

Advice

Amanda’s advice is to study as much as you can within the STEM fields. She says to not shy away from math and engineering as the military looks at these disciplines.

She also says the Air Force needs all personality types as each brings something to the table. Amanda also notes that you should have a willingness to meet the mission and go where you are directed.

As for being a mother – a hefty dose of humbleness is either required or learned upon taking on this role. She notes that she has learned to be more ‘in the moment’ with her second son and enjoy the fleeting time she has to watch them grow.

Philanthropy

Amanda is an advocate of changing the world one person at a time. She and her husband have donated financial .resources to Kiva.org for years. They have also sponsored children via organizations like Compassion International and Food for the Hungry. Amanda said their first match was 8 years old when they began supporting her and is about to graduate out of the program at 17 years old.


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Kelly Vargas Natural Therapeutics

Natural Therapeutics

Kelly Vargas is the owner of Haley Jenae Skincare and Bodywork. In her entrepreneurial practice, she aims to help all those in need using natural therapies. Kelly completed coursework at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, has crafted a line of skin care products and devotes much of herself to lifting other women up in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Advice

Kelly Vargas, Owner of Haley Jenae Skincare and Bodywork
Kelly Vargas, Owner of Haley Jenae Skincare and Bodywork

Kelly’s optimistic outlook on life seeps into her daily work and she says that surrounding yourself with the kind of people you want to be helps to bolster that positivity.

She says that if you’re interested in a career in natural healing, to submit to the journey and be open to where it may take you. Kelly also says to find the lessons in the lows of life.

It takes a lot of strength to look at the lows as growth.

She wisely says that her younger self may not listen to the advice she’d give now, but she would tell any young lady that you are enough, you are worth more than you give yourself credit for.

Philanthropy

Kelly donates her time and resources to UNM Children’s Hospital as well as frequents any small and local businesses she can.


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Susan Swafford Performance Development Strategist

Performance and Development Strategist

Susan Swafford is a performance and development strategist, a certified mentor and an entrepreneur. Through her company, CORE Advantage, Susan aims to learn about your unique goals and challenges and tailor a solution just for you.

Susan enjoys helping people be their very best selves and does so by utilizing her strengths and available tools. Susan meets with all sorts of people in all sorts of various life stages and assists them in identifying what their core strengths are, what their energy level is, and who they are deep down. She uses this information to help them align with the appropriate careers, strengthen relationships, and even works with organizations and teams to ensure the right people are in the best positions for them to thrive.

Advice

Susan says you should be sincere, open, vulnerable, structured and able to really listen to those you are helping. As an entrepreneur, you must be self-disciplined and it’s best to build a team around you in order to succeed.

She says to try to realize who you are at the core, make decisions that leverage your strengths and live out your passions.

We plan to travel, why not plan our lives?

Philanthropy

Susan is an avid supporter of women. She founded W.I.N., the Women Investor’s Network. It’s an organic network of women who invest in life, business, and their community.

Susan is also on the Albuquerque Rotary Club Board of Directors.


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Adrienne Quintana Publisher

Publisher

Adrienne Quintana is a writer and micro-publisher. In many ways, she is a matchmaker. She introduces authors to illustrators and utilizes her vast network of literary big shots to market works of written art.

Adrienne has loved to read for most of her life and when she wrote and illustrated a children’s book for a friend, found a passion for writing and subsequently publishing.

Advice

READ and then read some more. After that, pick up another book and read. She associates being a writer to being a runner; one step at a time, one mile at a time, one page at a time. Once you’ve become an avid reader, start writing. Write as much as you possibly can she advises.

Adrienne also says you need to develop a thick skin and a love for feedback. She says to look for ways to grow in the feedback being given. To give feedback is to genuinely care about the work and want to help make it the best piece it can be.

See constructive criticism as a big hug!

She also says to leave your options wide open and to continuously move forward.

Philanthropy

Adrienne donates her time, teaching expertise and devotion to her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

You can find Adrienne online  at https://pinkumbrellapublishing.com/
http://www.readysetwritepodcast.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUIAbuihdn0jHaRTkb8OBGA


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Amber Pechin, Writer and Entrepreneur

Writer & Entrepreneur

Amber Pechin is the co-owner of Amplitude Media, a creative agency that “writes words that sell stuff”. She and her business partner provide branding, content, and strategy for businesses to reach the right audience, with the right story, at the right time, and turn them into customers.

Amber says she has always enjoyed making ideas come to light with words. She’s a storyteller, a creative, and enjoys figuring out other humans. She says that how you tell a story makes a difference and that we should use our powers for good.

Amber touches on some points that are particularly challenging for women. One item of note is that we tend to pick something to do for a career and then feel like we are supposed to continue on that path for eternity. She says that what we want to do at 19-years-old may not be the same as at 35 or even 60.

Advice

Amber says that when we stop having at least some fun with the work we are doing then it is time for a change. She says that if you are interested in becoming a writer or an entrepreneur that you should seek out a mentor in that field and ask them questions. You should also write; every single day. Amber advises you to be open to constructive feedback and develop a thick-skin for both career pursuits.

I would add that a level of curiosity would serve these professions well as would the ability to collaborate and always strive to be a better version of yourself in these roles.

Philanthropy

A pro bono client of the company is Heart Affect. It’s a group started by two mother’s whose children had complications from Congenital Heart Defects.

We believe all children deserve a healthy heart. Heart Effect advocates for children with congenital heart defects by educating communities and funding programs and research for Phoenix Children’s Heart Center and Cardiac 3D Print Lab. -Mission of Heart Effect


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