Hello, welcome back! I’m so excited to share with you another Girl Power Boss post! I don’t know about you but I find these posts so inspiring! Okay let’s dig in and find out more about the lovely Leah!
Please tell me a little about you:
I live in Plymouth, Minnesota. I studied psychology and sociology of law, crime, and deviance at the University of Minnesota. I started as an art major, and switched to a minor, as my dad had told me I wouldn’t make any money in art. I am working as an Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services worker at the moment, and have held similar positions since graduation (4 years ago). I have continued creating art, and even selling here and there. However, now there is more momentum behind my side hustle – my boyfriend and I met and joined forces to create SpeeLee Studios (SpeeLeeStudios.com). So now he is trying to get more photography gigs and I am trying to make/sell paintings. We sometimes work in tandem as well, collaborating on these projects.
Please tell me what a day in your life looks like?
I am an adult rehabilitative mental health services worker. When I am less swamped at work, I wake up early, stretch, do yoga, make blended matcha green tea, and get ready at a relaxed pace. I may write about my dreams, stream of consciousness, and/or intentions for the day, or work on a sketch. When I am swamped at work, I start writing progress notes, assessments, making phone calls to confirm appointments with inconsistent clients, etc. Oh and, my two dogs are a big part of my mornings as well! feeding, taking them outside, etc. Then I meet with 2-3 clients (they need to have a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness diagnosis). We focus on skill building, and work on goals in their individual treatment plans. My meetings can range from productive and enjoyable to chaotic and requiring some major self-care afterward. When I get home, my boyfriend or I make dinner. We sometimes paint in the garage, and I work on drawings when I can. Sometimes I go to the gym as well, and other times we watch some television.
What advice would you have for women reading this who are not happy with what they are doing?
There are so so many things I could say and directions one could take to approach being unhappy with what they’re doing. I would use motivational interviewing to prompt her to assess why she is still doing it – pros and cons list, for example. I would investigate what her dream job is, and why she isn’t pursuing it. I would use motivational interviewing to prompt her to assess why it can’t be her reality. I would tell her that not one way fits all. I would not tell her to do what I think she should do. It is all about guiding someone in coming up with those reasons, motivations, and goals themselves. Sometimes we make a lot of grey area for things that are more black and white. Sometimes we don’t see our dreams as a reality and self-sabotage. But truthfully, if you zero in on what you want, make no excuses, and go for it, it will work out! You may even be led down a different path than originally intended, and end up finding your true passion somewhere unexpected 🙂
What hobbies or practices do you do to stay relaxed and creative?
I draw, pain and listen to music. I use self-care strategies, such as taking an epsom salt bath or getting a massage. I pray. I stretch. I sometimes run, and I sometimes tune out watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix. Also, some people think I’m crazy, but cleaning can really get me into a flow state as well. Putting on some music, cleaning, and then cooking are some of my favorite things to do in sequence, like I’m preparing the area for something. Being intentional. Making an event of something simple to make it more fun and enjoyable. Who wants to cook around dirty dishes and countertops? Ick.
What project are you working on at the moment?
Right now, I have two commissioned acrylic pour paintings to create. I also am working on a drawing of my dog’s head on a cow’s body, because she makes a loud “mooing” noise at times 🙂. I have two unfinished paintings I need to tackle as well.
How to get in touch
I am always looking for ways to promote what we do at Speelee Studios (www.speeleestudios.com), so if you are interested you can check out the website (needs an update) or Facebook page, and/or find me at leahhjoo on Instagram.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Leah! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.
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