Join us in celebrating December's Woman Of The Month, Angie Kuhn!
"Sounds super simple, but that tiny phrase can sometimes take a very long time and can be defeating. I say it to my kids multiple times every day, and to myself for that matter."
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am a wife to a very supportive and encouraging husband, Jay. We have a 4 y/o son named Jackson. He is the sweetest little soul you’ll ever meet. We also have a 3 y/o daughter named Sloane. She is already a force to be reckoned with and could very possibly run the world in our years to come. :)
I am the Lead Sonographer (ultrasound) with SPMF and have been with them for over 12 years now. I have incredible co-workers that make going to work fun and feel like family. We genuinely have a very special relationship amongst us that I don’t believe many others could claim.
What do you love most about your job?
I love being around and talking to different people throughout my day. I find people share quite a bit about their lives while getting an exam done which usually ends up being very interesting. I don’t do well at a desk all day. Constantly interacting with different people while on the move all shift never makes for a dull day!
What are some things the public might not be aware of when it comes to working in health care?
How personable our interactions can be with our patients. As I said before, patients tend to be very open, honest and forthcoming in those 30-60 minutes we spend with them. They share things with us that maybe nobody else knows. That is a very humbling thing when you think about it. Our patients have that much trust and comfort while with us, that they will share their personal, special, sometimes scary, sometimes prideful life stories with us. Those moments don’t go unappreciated by us. It’s an honor to be able to make someone a little less scared when going through a medical issue.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life? How have they inspired you?
My grandmother, Mary. She taught me a lot about life, good food, enjoying one’s company and endless support. She was the BEST cook! In fact, she taught me how to cook and to do it well. She was the main person who fostered my love of cooking. She was the grandma always trying to feed you with 4 course meals every time you’d visit. “You want something to eat?” was always one of the first things you heard walking in her front door, no matter the time of day. She was the most generous and sweetest person I’ve ever known. The whole neighborhood called her “Grandma Mary” when she would visit. She taught me a lot about forgiveness and giving second chances. She just had the best heart and everyone who met her felt it. I miss her dearly, but am so grateful for all she did to directly help shape who I am today.
This year has been full of challenges whether we like it or not. How has your lifestyle changed and what are some positives that have come out of it?
I am completely unashamed to say quarantine life hasn’t impacted us too much at this stage in our family life. We were already happy homebodies, but I do wish we could go to the playground with the kiddos and maybe eat out in a restaurant with them like we used to. Those are small sacrifices for us right now. They are thankfully still little and as soon as this is under control we hope to resume to some sort of normalcy with the kiddos. I do miss going out with friends and getting together with people whenever I wanted.
Positives I would say, I have become much more aware of my surroundings and I definitely touch my face less lol! Becoming more compassionate for what others are possibly going through has definitely been heightened as well.
Success is a spectrum in which we all define differently. How would you define success and what accomplishments are you most proud of?
Success to me is reaching your own goals in your own time. I’ve learned worrying about what everybody else thinks is a waste of time. Do you to the best of your ability and all will come out ok...eventually. If you maybe don’t get the outcome you were hoping to achieve on the first try, at least you narrowed it down a little more on what not to do, so you’re that much closer to your goal.
I am very proud of motherhood. It was something I wasn’t sure I could do, until I finally realized none of us know what we’re doing. There’s no handbook. You just figure it out as you go, which can make for some pretty hilarious memories!
What is the hardest lesson you learned? How did it change your mindset?
Realizing I am constantly learning, every day. I do not know everything, nor am I expected to, but I put that pressure on myself in the past. In all aspects of my life, from becoming a Sonographer and eventually moving up to Lead Sonographer, to becoming a wife/partner and then mother. I am much lighter now taking that self induced expectation off of my own shoulders. With that also came learning to let things go and understanding I can only do so much at a time…. That one was a challenge.
Working long hours and having two young ones will surely keep you busy. What do you look forward to doing in your free time? What do you wish you had more time for?
Honestly right now I don’t have a lot of free time, but that’s ok. It comes with the territory at this stage in my life. Sometimes I wish I had more time to read or catch up on some tv shows, but that will come with time. My kids are still littles and love to be around me. That will slowly go away as they age and become more independent, so I’m happy where I’m at right now.
I do, however, have an amazing husband that picks up extra slack to allow me to spend time with my girlfriends from time to time! That is a reset every mother should get, at least once in a while. It makes a huge difference for me.
We know you love our bag! How many bags do you have in total and which ones are impossible to live without? What essentials are in your Frankie Cameron bags?
Oh man. I have A LOT of Frankie Cameron bags! I feel like that sentence alone speaks volumes of the quality and luxury they represent. They are so beautifully made and versatile. They only get better with time as the leather softens and becomes more supple as it breaks in with every use.
My favorite has to be the Zip bag! I have a few colors and love to switch them out depending on what or where I’m going. Something people may not realize is how big they are! Specifically the Zip and Braid bags. I loved to take them when I traveled. The Clutches are good size too. Perfect for an afternoon out when you want to bring a little more than just your phone and cards. Now, the Mini Clutch is my favorite for when I would go out for the night with my friends. It has just enough room for my phone, card, id and gloss:). Plus it’s a wristlet so you can’t lose it!
I feel like I need to add that I ONLY use Frankie Cameron bags now. That is the literal truth...ask anyone that knows me!