Office tale of Celia Jimenez, tree planter and owner of Cucamanga

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Who are you :
Celia Jimenez, a Canadian woman with Guatemalan roots.

Your current job :
I cook for tree planters every spring and summer. I used to plant trees myself, but cooking for people fullfills my desires as a giver. I love making people smile, it makes me smile. While I am not treeplanting I work on my small business, Cucamanga. Cucamanga specializes in Handcrafted Artisanal Soap + Body Products. Lovingly created in small batches Cucamanga products utilize wildcrafted herbs that I have harvested from the Canadian forests as well as sun infused oil, and synergistic medicinal blends.

In which city are you located?
I am based out of Montréal, Québec

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Qualitative, I pride myself on quality rather than quantity.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Water. I go everywhere with it! (And probably my iPhone too)

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What does your office space look like?
My studio space is a room in my apartment with a big table in the middle where I make all my creations. This is where I can spread out all my workbooks and raw ingredient. It's also where I've got my computer and printer, and all of my photos and artwork. I especially love the space because it contains all of my tools for creativity.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
It depends what kind of mood im in, but generally I listen to mellow electronic music while I am working.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I've got a black board where I write down a list of everything I need to get done. If im not working in my studio, I have a hard time getting things done, just because i dont have the visual prompts from my board.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Devoting specific time and having a visual list of what you need to do really helps with getting things done.

You're better than your colleagues to :
I have one colleague in the kitchen I work in, sometimes two, and I wouldn't say im better than her, we both have our weakness, and our strengths. We fill each other out. However, due to my guatemalan background, I make mean sauces, so im definetly better at her on that front!

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Sometimes the best advice is the simplest: "I don’t believe in luck. I believe in hard work. You work hard, and you get what you want."
What is your best tip for saving time ?
Getting off the internet saves me a lot of time!

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I start and end the day with my own handmade products, a great face wash with one of my products, and finish off with my antioxidant face balm. The scent calms me and prepares me for whats ahead, whether dream land or reality. And the balm leaves my face feeling soft.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My lip balm, I never leave without it.

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