Kim 2013

Hi, I am Kim Cooley.  I started this blog in the fall of 2011 mainly as a way for potential employers to get to know me better. It was a strategy I read about in Richard N. Bolles, 2009 quick updated What Color is Your Parachute in response to the skyrocketing rise in unemployment.

If you read much here, you will probably notice that this has become a more personal site than even I expected but I think that is because I got lulled into the thought process that only “my chickens” find their way here. As my posts show up on my Facebook page, it is usually those who really love me who might take the time to read what I have jotted down here. And so this has become my safe haven to express myself and experiment with my writing.

Back in September 2011, wrote this:

Hi!  As you can see from my posts, I’m chatty lady.  I keep myself busy and I’m currently trying to figure out my next major adventure.

What I can tell you about Kim Cooley:

  • Kim Cooley loves serving others and helping them to be better.
  • Kim can easily work by herself but she really enjoys bouncing and building ideas and growing greater things with others – i.e., Kim Cooley is a team player.
  • Kim thrives on interaction and information.
  • Kim loves doing her due diligence but is not afraid to react quickly and make an educated decision.
  • Kim believes in intuition and gut feelings.
  • After having worked for a huge company for many years and then running a small business, Kim prefers being a contributing part to a bigger picture / bigger bang than what she can create on her own.
  • Kim prefers not to be the captain of a ship but can manage and inspire a team.
  • Kim likes doing the work to move a project or an entity ahead.
  • Cut throat is not for Kim – sharing and being nice fits her better than back stabbing and selfish politicking.
  • Kim prefers an atmosphere that fosters community and achievement with opportunity for healthy competition.
  • Sundays are sacred to Kim (that’s time for church and her mentoring or visiting) but she is a true morning person and can stay late when effective.
  • Kim Cooley’s goal is to give her 100 percent in all that she does.
  • Kim tends to talk a lot and write a lot.
  • Kim finds words delicious.
  • Kim appreciates great design in anything and strives for simplicity.
  • Kim delights in helping others being comfortable.

Ironically when I took the Strength Finders 2.0 poll recently, I found many of the same aspects, they just help me to better identify the different specific Kim Cooley strengths:


  • I love to learn – I am drawn to the process of learning and I find it incredibly exciting.
  • I thrive in dynamic work environments where I am asked to take on project assignments and am expected to learn a lot about a new subject matter in a short period of time.
  • I am a catalyst for change and can help others make transitions smoother.
  • I adapt quickly to new and changing technologies.
  • I am not threatened by unfamiliar information, in fact I enjoy tackling questions, problems and changes so that I become familiar quickly.


  • I am very inquisitive.
    This trait has made me be a better photographer and connect better with others because I am curious about who they are, what they do and why.
  • I personally collect information.
    I am so incredibly thankful that someone invented as this service has made a huge difference in my storing of my information.
  • I do my due diligence.


  • I am generous with praise, quick to smile, and am always on the lookout for the positive in each situation.
  • My enthusiasm is contagious.  I find ways to make things lighter, more exciting and more fun.
  • I celebrate every achievement – even getting through the day.
  • I excel at highlighting the positive and pointing out differences to guide people on choices.
  • My positive approach is grounded in reality – I know the glass is half full.
  • I energize others but can be drained by too many negative thinkers.


  • I am fascinated by ideas and their connections.
    You know how our minds wonder and then lands on a thought, the path is equally important to me as is the idea.
  • I adore finding the elegant simplicity behind complexities.
  • I like looking at things from completely difference perspectives for added enlightenment.
    The mission statement we selected for Carpe Vita Photography is “Providing unique perspectives of your life”
  • I get energy from new ideas.
    This is where the entrepreneur in me gets her fire and why I wake up in the middle of the night sometimes.


  • I believe things happen for a reason and I believe we are all connected in one way or another.
  • Because I believe that we are all part of a larger picture, I take on responsibilities to make sure we take care of one another and not hurt or exploit one another.
  • I am considerate, caring and accepting.
  • I bridge people together.
  • I have a strong faith and I am faithful.
  • I know I don’t have all of the answers and I don’t want to have all of the answers.
  • I help others see the connections between their talents, actions, mission and successes.

These top five strengths are what the Gallup survey revealed to me in the order shown above – with Learner being the strongest value.  Their system doesn’t tell you what you top ten are but after reviewing the other alternatives, I feel certain the following strengths would have landed somewhere in my slots 6-10:

Communication – I like to explain, to describe, to host, to speak in public, and to write. I turn events into stories and practice telling them.

Developer – I see the potential in others and that each person is a work in progress with many possibilities.  I like to challenge others to grow and experience their own successes.

Empathy or Harmony – I am able to see the world through other peoples eyes and share their perspective AND I look for areas of agreement, avoiding conflict and friction.

Restorative or Strategic – I solve problems, analyze the symptoms, identify what is wrong, and find solutions.  I enjoy sorting through the clutter and finding the best route.

WOO (Win Others Over) – I like meeting new people, asking them questions and finding areas of common interest to make the other person more comfortable.

The learner in me wishes Strength Finders would have a way to confirm that these traits are “lying just below the radar” like I think they may be.


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