Get to know Elizabeth
We have a new team member at Collage! Let’s get the scoop on Elizabeth, our Marketing Coordinator.
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us, Elizabeth. Let’s start off with your number one favorite thing about working at Collage.
Wow, so many to choose from! I’d have to say that my favorite thing would be the atmosphere. It’s so peaceful when I walk in the doors. I feel safe, welcome, and treasured.
Awe! That’s so wonderful to hear! Could you share a bit with us about your education and professional background?
Well, I’m a homeschooled kid who was born in Grand Island. We moved to Mexico when I was 6 years old so I had to learn everything I know by hands-on experience. I graduated high school when I was 16 and went on to do just about everything from teaching to accounting. After that, I got married and then we moved back to the U.S. in 2015 and I became a full-time stay-at-home mom which is a whole job on its own. In 2019 I started working with children locally and that pretty much sums it up in a nutshell.
It sounds like you’ve learned a lot over the years and like to keep busy. Speaking of busy, what do you like to do in your downtime outside of work?
Most of my time is taken up by my 5 beautiful kiddos – ahem…I mean my hubby and 4 kiddos. 😉 I always try to work in some time to paint and do some crafts that I love to do though. It brings me a lot of joy.
You have 4 children! Wow! I bet they do keep you on your toes! Would you tell us a little more about your family?
My husband Luis and I have been married for 12 years now. Our kids are our pride and joy. They’re 11, 9, 7, and 4 and yes, they certainly DO keep me on my toes.
Earlier you said that you moved to Nebraska from Mexico. What would be your favorite thing about living in Central Nebraska?
First, my extended family is here and I love being close to them.
Second, experiencing all 4 seasons. It’s very different from the area I grew up in down in the Mexican tropics. Most people ask me why on earth I’d move to Nebraska and think I’m nuts. I don’t know how to answer that so I’ll just keep pinning that on my hubby…lol!
Tropical places are oh so good. Speaking of good, could you tell us one thing that you’re just absolutely NO good at doing?
Sewing! Yep, definitely don’t give me any clothing to repair. You’ll most likely regret it… ha! ha! ha!
How about you tell us one of the scariest things that you’ve ever done?
I’d have to say that learning it’s ok to be my authentic self is the scariest. Collage has been a big part of bringing that out of me. The people I work with are so fabulous and they have made it much easier for me to take that jump. I’ll be honest. That first step was the scariest, but I don’t regret it for a second.
That’s great! While we’re being honest, what song or artist is your guilty pleasure?
Oooh! I love music! But honestly, it depends on my mood. I know I’m weird but I love big band music like Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. I also love Maverick City Music and Adele. Yes, quite a mix.
Hello, it’s me. I was wondering… what’s your most embarrassing moment?
Oh, my goodness. I have a lot of those. I’d have to say the time that I was asked to interpret (from Spanish to English) for the Governor’s wife of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Yeah, it was a big deal. There were A LOT of people there. I was put in a corner without a monitor and couldn’t hear anything she was saying. So, I had no choice but to make up the whole speech, yeah. I found out later she spoke perfect English. Yeah, that was pretty bad.
Woah! That would be embarrassing. Let’s talk about something more fun. What’s the last spontaneous thing you did?
I took a road trip with a friend. We met up with some other lady friends and spent the evening just having fun. We had a bonfire, great food, listened to some oldies, and tie-dyed some clothes. We made some great memories.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’m introverted and shy.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life without getting sick of it, what would it be?
Tacos hands down!
Last question. What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
That we need to periodically empty our backpack of life and evaluate what needs to remain and what needs to be let go. You don’t need to carry everything. Unless it’s a taco. You can’t take that out unless you’re gonna eat it 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you Elizabeth! You fit right in with the Collage team 🙂