Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed some new faces to the Hothouses family. A couple of the new hires are in account management, one is a designer and one—the one that this post is about—is in finance.
Aside from crunching numbers, sorting spreadsheets and asking us where our timesheets are, Miquela lives a pretty inspiring life. We sat down with her to learn more about what gets her creative juices flowing.
HH: According to your Facebook page, you’ve lived in Atlanta for a long time. Are you a transplant like 99.9% of us (no judgement…) or are you actually from somewhere ITP?
Miquela: I’m originally from Kingston, Jamacia, but I moved to the U.S. with my family when I was eight years old. We lived in Florida for a while, then eventually headed to Atlanta when I was in 11th grade, because my sister got accepted to Georgia Tech. I’ve been here ever since.
HH: Okay, well I think it’s safe to say that since you’ve lived her for more than fifteen years, you’ve earned the right to say: “I’m from Atlanta.”
Miquela: I will gladly accept the label, and for the record…I live ITP.
HH: So, you mentioned that you wanted to go to culinary school after graduating high school. How did you end up becoming an accountant instead?
Miquela: Once I got to college, I realized how much I loved working with numbers. My dad was also an accountant, so it seemed like a good road to go down.
HH: Most people don’t think “creative industry” when they think of an accountant. What’s your argument?
Miquela: When it comes down to it, accounting is just a big puzzle. Each piece must connect to create the final outcome. I might not be designing or writing, but I am using numbers to create a picture that tells a story.
HH: I love that perspective! I heard you recently went on a ride in a hot air balloon. Care to share your experience?
Miquela: I would love to! Last Fall, to escape my COVID bubble (and the news), I booked a #solotrip to the southwest. I flew into Phoenix, made my way throughout Arizona, hopped over to the New Mexico and ended in Denver.
HH: Oh nice, so I’m assuming you rode the hot air balloon in Albuquerque. Isn’t that what they’re famous for?
Miquela: Yes! It was such a cool adventure. I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like you’re floating through the sky, but that’s the best way I can describe it.
HH: Ahh, floating on clouds. Sounds nice. One last question. Did you ever go to culinary school?
Miquela: I did! After about a year in the “real world”, I realized the passion was still there. I started my own catering business after culinary school and now I focus more on the event planning side of the business.
HH: Sounds like we now have the hook up for all agency-wide events and happy hours.
Miquela: I’ll offer a discount as long as timesheets are submitted on time.