We're back with another installment of All Worked Up! Read on to meet Precious Rodriguez, a lovely member of the RA community, a vet hospital receptionist and a student preparing to become a paralegal!
Where do you reside and what is your favorite local spot close to home?
I'm currently living in Tucson, AZ. My favorite coffee shop to grab a coffee and quick bite is Starbucks. I always get a venti chai made with soy and one shot of espresso along with a spinach and feta wrap.
What is your current go-to meal?
Trader Joe’s ready-made salads or Starbucks fruit and cheese box for a to-go meal. Throughout the busy work weeks, I try to meal prep lunches to cut food costs. So at home I will prepare an apple chicken salad with crackers or a greek salad with pita bread and hummus.
As the world opens back up, what activities are you most looking forward to?
Going to the theater more, playing tennis, and traveling. So far on the list to visit is Alaska and Hawaii.
Describe your workwear style.
I love to shop at H&M and Macy's. I dress very classy and chic. My favorite brands are Calvin Klein, I.N.C, and Jones New York. On the days I have to commute to work, I am always prepared. I switch from my kitten heels into my flats to help me get through the rest of the work day. I think it’s important to be approachable and dress dignified always, in the workplace and when you’re not in the workplace. I think your clothes say a lot about you, your character and who you are as a person.
Do you have a favorite workwear item that you can't live without?
I always wear my dainty gold necklace and a watch with every outfit. I love minimal jewelry because I think less is more.
What are the top three hair/beauty products you can't live without?
I use Shea Moisture and Cantu hair products. I love wearing protective hairstyles, and these hair products really nourish my hair and bring out my deep, wavy hair.
You're about to give a big presentation/have a big meeting, what are you wearing:
I have meetings once a month at work and sometimes have to give presentations on whatever case I'm working on with the team. I will wear either my dark jeans, black dress pants with a blouse, or one of my work dresses with a suit jacket. Sometimes these meetings can be long so wearing something comfortable yet stylish and chic is the best choice.
How do you prepare for said big presentation or meeting?
For a big presentation, I take notes on key points to bring out at the meeting and rehearse beforehand a few times to make sure I can practice.
What constitutes a good day at work?
At work, there tends to be a buildup of patient files to attend to, so I feel accomplished when I complete filing and charting because it helps out the next shift coming on to not have an overload of work to do on top of the other daily duties of the office.
How do you unwind and turn work off?
After work I like to relax at home in the hot tub, following up with either a scheduled spa day or a DIY at home spa day with a face mask and doing my own acrylic nails. To help me really unwind, I'll play jazz music at home with a good book, reading in front of the fireplace. I'm currently reading Damaged by Lisa Scotoline in my book club.
At the end of a long work week my husband and I will try different restaurants. Also, sometimes I will enjoy a glass of Chardonnay along with olives, cheese, and crackers.
Regardless of whether your work is your passion or your path to the weekend, what is your favorite thing to allocate time to outside of “the office?”
Every Sunday, I love cooking a big dinner. I love looking up different recipes to create or add my touch to. I truly value the moments of sitting at the dinner table with a lovely spread. To me, it's all about making memories.
Also, at the end of the work week I'll connect with my girlfriends to share good times.