Hi! I’m Melissa.

Here’s a little bit about me.

My CliftonStrengths Themes

  1. Achiever – People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
  2. Empathy – People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.
  3. Adaptability – People exceptionally talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to go with the flow. They tend to be “now” people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.
  4. Strategic – People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  5. Learner – People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
Display of mugs made for St. Jude fundraiser

Hobbies and Interests

  • Local Ceramic Potter
  • St. Jude supporter and Run to Peoria fundraiser
  • Geeking out with AI for marketing and design
  • Trying out bio-hacking devices and nutrition
  • Crossfit Coach
  • Paddleboard lover

Life Influences

Here are a few things that have influenced my life in a big way:

  • I grew up on a small u-pick berry farm offering strawberries, blueberries, and red raspberries.
  • Loved art from a young age.
  • Went into college for graphic design only knowing it’s the field in art you could make a living doing.
  • I’m a self-taught photographer.
Melissa as a toddler eating strawberries

Let’s connect.