We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Kuhn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I grew up in a family that has a very strong work ethic. Because my parents owned a large cattle ranch, life was synonymous with work. From sun up to sun down, we were always busy. In my adult years living away from the ranch, I have had to evaluate what my own definition of work/life balance is. I definitely feel the pull towards working constantly, however without hungry animal mouths to feed, I have a different lifestyle to get used to. When my husband and I married, we talked about what goals we want to have in our life together. We both felt that making the most of every day is the way to go! For us, that means using free time to be with people we love, get outside, and make memories. Instead of waiting for that one big vacation a year, mini-vacations sprinkled throughout daily life and work is our philosophy. I constantly hear people talking about their dreams and the traveling that they want to do and I always think to myself, “then go do it!” I never want to just talk about making the most out of every day, I want to live it! And that means allowing work to have its own time and place and using the rest of my time wisely.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Currently I do marketing for a hospital named Mahaska Health. I really enjoy being a part of healthcare in this way because I can really improve how the hospital looks and functions from a behind-the-scenes position. I did not study marketing in college, but rather communication. I am more of a self-made marketer. With some free-lance work under my belt and a good idea of what I like style wise, I was ready to accept this position when it came my way. The position I am in came about because of personal connections. The power of making good impressions on people and being memorable is unbeatable when it comes to finding your career. I would probably not have been blessed with this position at my age were it not for personal connections. I am thankful for bosses that see my goals and my work ethic and that work hard alongside me to bring about a vision. As I continue to learn the art of graphic design and marketing, I am also continuing to experiment with my photography. I have been taking photos for about 10 years, but as climbing has become a big part of my life, landscape photography and photos of climbers in action has become my focus. I have a passion for making products and people look amazing on print or screen and I get to hone those skills every day! As I continue to grow in my career, I hope to be able to combine my love for climbing and the outdoors with my love for photography and marketing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
John and I constantly have friends and family coming to stay with us in beautiful Arizona! Our small town of Payson doesn’t offer much for city life activities, however, we know about some pretty beautiful spots that cannot be missed.
Best things to see in Payson:
-Boulder’s Loop hiking trail
-Stewart Pocket hikes
-Doll Baby Road ruins
-Tonto Natural Bridge
-Highline trail near Pine
-Monument Peak trail
-Rim Country BBQ
-Old County Inn in Pine
-Diamond Point Steakhouse
-Dutch Bros Coffee
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have shaped my life in a positive way! I would say that the person who deserves a shoutout in my life is my husband, John! John and I met at a rock wall. He helped me grow in my climbing and is my partner in crime on all of our mountain excursions. He is always coming up with new ideas and adventures and that pushes me to want to explore as much as possible. Thank you, John, for this life-long belaytionship!