Meet October sponsor: Mexyista

6 Oct

I sort of introduced you to Mexyista yesterday with her fantastic post on breast cancer.

Well now, let’s make it official! Meet Mexyista, an October Snap, Crackle, Sponsor.  I “met” Missa on another sponsor’s blog, Suburban Sweetheart. I saw her comment, clicked through to her blog and immediately fell for her honesty, sass and style. 

Missa has agreed to guest post here, so let’s all say hello!

I’m so excited to be meeting all of you here at Jaclyn’s corner of the world. Thanks Jaclyn for allowing me to share your space!

My name is Missa Lee from Mexyista.com, your sexy Mexican fashionista! But in real life, I am a geographic information systems specialist. Sounds exciting and difficult, no?

I am planning a wedding that is coming up increasingly soon, Nov. 26. Great time to start a blog, right?

My “theme” for the wedding, if there is one, is me and my hubby-to-be. I want it to be all about who we are and what we love.  A huge part of our lives is what we do to pay the bills, which just so happens to be the same thing.

Me (40 pounds ago, gah!) and the man in our engagement photos, with the best dog in the world, Rocki.

Most of the time when I tell someone the abbreviation for my job title, they say, “Huh? GI what?” My dad still calls it GPS.

To break it down: geographic information systems specialists use computers and data to make maps. Through layers of data, we build maps to include the features and information. GIS is used for everything you can imagine, from tracking endangered species and their disappearing habitats to calculating race and ethnicity for a political campaign. And that is exactly why the man and I  got into it: because of the vast array of options.

A page of our invitation. The map was made by the man.

My man got his undergrad in urban planning and was planning to get his graduate degree in GIS. Right before he met with the dean from the school, he broke his leg so badly that his foot was in the other direction. Geeeeee … I know. I had to see it.

So I helped him hobble to his meeting with the dean. I had no intentions of actually listening; my undergrad was in English, creative writing and poetry, and I was doing nothing with my degree, like most English majors. (And no, I didn’t want to be a teacher. So don’t ask.)

After hearing about the master’s program, it sounded so great I dove right in with all the geographic, computer science and urban planning majors — basically any major besides English. I felt I was completely unqualified, and sometimes I still feel that way. But I worked my butt off and graduated.  (Which, by the way, is where the man proposed: at our master’s graduation from Arizona State University in front of a few thousand people.  He’s a stud, check it out. )

So, through a lot of lucky breaks, the man and I now work at competing commercial real estate firms making maps.

The man used to work for the government, mapping for the wildland fire department. He loved it. He was responsible for showing everyone where the fire was, where it was going and where to dig the holes. But the desk job is more practical and secure, so he moved on. Now we compete on who makes better maps, IMing each other all day — mostly me asking endless questions and comparing the best way to do things.

Life is good.

Here's an example of our mapping selves on our save the dates. The compass is our wedding "logo" that we also used on our invitations.

Let me know if you have any questions about what I do! I’d love to answer them!  And stop on by to Mexyista.com. I’m a new eager blogger and excited to hear good, bad and, hell, anything from anyone!

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3 Responses to “Meet October sponsor: Mexyista”

  1. Suburban Sweetheart October 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I thought I found her through YOU! Ha.

    I LOOOOVE the wedding “theme.” The mapping stuff is so fun – those Save the Dates are just amazing.

  2. steph anne October 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Graphic information systems specialist? I thought she was a geographic information systems specialist, not graphic.

    • Jaclyn October 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Good catch, Steph Anne. All fixed!

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