Talking Shop: Jill Hammer

New series alert! Today, I begin a recurring interview series featuring kick-butt creatives and otherwise awe-inspiring people. This week: one of my BFFs, Jill Hammer. Not only does she have an awesome job, but she’s been my go-to for cooking, game, and Park-ands-Rec-binge nights since I met her a few years ago. I love her! You will, too. Heeeeeeeere’s Jill:

Describe your job in one sentence.
I am and administrator at the National Institute for Jail Operations where we train jail personnel in legal-based principles. It’s hard to do in one sentence!

What do you love most about your job?
I love the people I work with!

What are the most significant lessons you’ve learned in your work?
I think the most significant lessons I’ve learned in my work is it always pays off to be overly kind.

What would you tell 18-year-old Jill?
I would tell 18-year-old Jill a lot of things, haha. But mainly to always try new things, specifically in the work field.

What is the worst advice you’ve received?
Worst advice I have ever been given is “work through the pain”. I totally screwed up my knees doing that!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you clock out?
My favorite thing to do when I clock out is go to the gym and then try something new (food, activity, experience).

What are the pros and cons for you of working from home?
PROS: Self accountability, make my own hours, work at own pace, quiet environment, catch up on reading (listening to books on tape).

CONS: Self accountability (lot of pressure), quiet environment (gets lonely sometimes), and I never get dressed up anymore!

How do help yourself stay motivated on hard days?
I stay motivated on hard days simply because I have a boss who goes above and beyond to make sure I am happy to I want to make him happy too!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself with a couple kids and working part time from home in five years. Not sure where that will be yet ?

(The Fun Qs): What is your favorite book, and why?

My favorite book is Les Miserables. Maybe that is lame and cheesy but it is just so horrible and uplifting at the same time, haha. Close second is Harry Potter (all, but top for me is Goblet of Fire).

What is your favorite dish?
Favorite dish is so hard! I guess the one I could eat most often is Chicken Tikka Masala!

 If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
I would probably like to meet the queen just because I think she is awesome and has so much history.

Thanks, Jill!

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