Adrienne Quintana 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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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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Sara Garrigan Executive Director of Non-Profit

Executive Director of a Non-Profit

Sara Garrigan has been the Executive Director of the non-profit Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center for more than 5 years. She did not even know this was a possible career growing up but truly appreciates being in the position now.

Sara loves being able to work with animals each day and talk with people. She says you should have compassion, empathy and be a master multitasker to succeed in this type of role. Sara says that she loves making a difference and being able to work from anywhere for some of the tasks required of her. She also mentions that compassion fatigue can be the most challenging aspect of her role.


Sara enjoys being a storyteller and giving voice to those amongst us who cannot speak for themselves. She advises young women to go volunteer at every non-profit they can find in order to see the inner workings and identify if the work is something they want to do and if the cause is one they believe in.


In addition to her full-time role, Sara has worked hard to support the Relay for Life chapter and is an advocate for the American Cancer Society in addition to the Watermelon Mountian Ranch itself.

(*note, Want to see the dog who accompanied us during the interview? The video interview is posted here. )

Liz Foott Safety Consultant

Safety Consultant

Liz Foott helps maintain the utmost safety for employees and customers while crafting her own work-life balance.

Liz Foott is a Safety Consultant who works with a variety of businesses on all aspects of safety. She enjoys being able to interact with hospitals, orchards, and trucking companies. She says you need to be self-motivated, be an excellent communicator, and a very good listener in order to perform well in this line of work. Liz earned the Associate Safety Professional certification in addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a plethora of on the job experience.

Liz advises young women to volunteer in all sorts of careers in order to get a good idea of the environment. She also says we can all be safety consultants by simply looking around our schools and homes for potential hazards and mitigate those risks.

Resources for Safety

Learning more about safety is an easy, safe thing to do! Visit the following websites for tips and ideas.


Liz donates her time and resources to the Oregon Habitat for Humanity as well as A Home to Share and Central Oregon Veterans Ranch.

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Why Listen to Podcasts

Why Listen to Podcasts

We have this dirty word in our colloquial language these days. You know the one; it’s the immediate response to the inquiry of how are you, it’s the first word out of your mouth when a new conversation begins. I have made a concerted effort to not use the word, to dig deeper, to actually think of the answer to a friend’s question, to give a reply more unique and detailed than…”busy”.

Podcasts help to stop the busy. They break up the monotony of day-to-day life. They are a listen into what is going on in the world, topics of interest to your individual bubble, and if you are willing, a window into the greater environment of our planet.haiku poem to podcasts

We are busy. We place value on being busy and the busier we are the more revered we are. This must stop. Our schedules are full without any wiggle room or time built-in to breath and simply be. Listening to an episode of a favorite podcast can transport you away from your to-do list and into the broader mindset of the world at large.

Why I listen to podcasts

I listen to podcasts because I can do so in the car commuting between here and there or outside while I’m on a run in the beautiful Bosque. I don’t have to be in front of a computer screen, or sitting down with a book in hand (which I also love to do, but my attention span is woefully short these days).

I listen to podcasts because they are not news dictated by dollars.

I listen to podcasts because they are not news dictated by dollars. Rather, they are well-researched, fact-checked fascinating tidbits about the parts of the world that interest me. They are people’s own stories, told by the human who lived the experience like those presented on The Moth. They are two mom’s having a conversation about the challenges they are presently faced with while raising their children as heard on One Bad Mother.

Podcasts can be a lens with which to understand the digital world we find ourselves navigating. For help and advice in this regard, I turn every week to Note to Self, Reply All and IRL.

As an entrepreneur and a Mom, I am constantly consuming stories, tips, hacks, and the latest research in order to perform these roles to the fullest of my abilities. Thank heavens for podcasts like The Longest Shortest Time, Planet Money, The Venture, and Don’t Keep Your Day Job .

99% Invisible is everything design and answers questions I thought I was the only one posing. Are the animal sounds in documentaries actually captured in real time? How are computer algorithms designed? What is the argument for allowing for plenty of negative space in visual design? As a trained graphic designer, all things design interest me but especially the thought process behind how things are created and why.

Both comfortable and unnerving

Podcasts are simultaneously a guilty pleasure for me as well as a source of information. They validate the challenging space of life I find myself in at this moment attempting to navigate my new role as a mother, established roles as a wife and a soldier, ever-growing role of an entrepreneur, all while figuring out who the heck I even am!

They help explain the psychology behind the frightening negativity of the present tribe mentality of our society as well as the positive effects of misbehaving and pushing against preconceived expectations. These and other social science quandaries are examined episode after episode on Hidden Brain.

Podcasts are a half-hour to hour of storytelling giving me the permission to listen to other’s lives and struggles and successes. I commiserate with the mom who calls in to rant about the fact her baby hasn’t slept well for two weeks and she’s fed up with being awake all day every day while still expected to function and even be polite and pleasant as heard on One Bad Mother’s weekly segment on the topic.

I salivate when listening to a Gastropod episode on cheeses, especially since I couldn’t eat any dairy all year and crave it like mad! I find myself laughing aloud with Dan Pashman’s unwavering stance on what actually qualifies as a sandwich. I scrambled to look up gastrophysics when Pashman shared this emerging field on an episode of The Sporkful and immediately began dreaming of how I could study this specialty.

These are but a sampling of the podcasts on my subscribed list. Each fills my ears and captures my attention allowing me to stop thinking of my own immediate struggles for a time. They also serve as a planning tool for my business as I attempt to implement ideas I hear that may work for me. Because I listen to podcasts, I tend to begin conversations with juicy tidbits heard on an episode, and am able to add a layer to conversations that I would not otherwise have without the rich tapestry of podcasts.

Podcasts have led me on a journey to become more Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self with Manoush Zomorodi of Note to Self. It was a week long series of guided exercises with the goal of creating the space to become bored, and thus more creative. Check out the book in the link above, or listen to the series of episodes here.

Listening to podcasts is an opportunity for information-gathering, expanding my horizons and pushing the boundaries of my personal bubble while also solidifying my previous stances on topics with like-minded hosts. I force myself to listen to the stories on This American Life that may not align completely with my own views, same to be said for The Moth. But these are real people, living their lives just as I am my own and they deserve to be heard.

Every story deserves to be heard.

As I build a library of podcast episodes to be launched in February, I am seeking out women’s stories of their careers. If you are interested in being a guest on my podcast, send me an email at

What podcasts do you listen to? Leave your recommendations below.

Executive Director of Watermelon Mountain Ranch Sara Garrigan

Sara Garrigan has spent the past five years as the Executive Director of Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Shelter. She worked her way up to her current position and has truly found a passion for helping our four-legged family members find homes.

Sara advises young girls who may be interested in working in the non-profit sector to volunteer. She says to simply go find a non-profit you may be interested in, find out how you can volunteer your time or services and simply be exposed to the world and all the options therein.

She says this position benefits from personality traits such as compassion, empathy, an ability to multitask and be a storyteller.

Sara has been a fixture in the local media over the past few years as she finds great value in being able to show the animals available for adoption and to tell their story (she even does some name dropping in this interview 😉 ).

Listen in and let us know what you think about working in the non-profit sector in the comments below.