Humans of Terakeet: Emily Clemens

Editor’s Note:

The content department here at Terakeet is one of our largest and hardest working departments. The Digital Content Specialists who make up this department are hardworking and passionate individuals who provide real value to our customers and our organization every day of the week. Emily Clemens (Sr. Digital Content Specialist) is one such amazing ‘Keeter, and we sat down with her this week (virtually) to talk about how she came to Terakeet and what makes life fulfilling for her outside of work. Read below to learn more about her love of birding, making amazing things out of resin and clay, and spending time with her family! 

Q1: How did you come to work at Terakeet? What is your favorite part about working here?

I was looking for a new job because I wasn’t feeling challenged and fulfilled. It’s always been important to me to feel like I’m really contributing to something. When I found Terakeet, I knew I was on the right track. When I got the call that I got the job, I lost service and the call cut off. I remember running outside barefoot down the road to call back, haha! 

I’ve been here for almost five years, and through that time I’ve bought a house, gotten married and had a baby. The flexibility and support Terkaeet has offered is out of this world. What I love most is how much they prioritize work-life balance for us. I’m able to give both my job and my family my all, which means everything to me. 

Q2: Tell us a little more about you outside of work! What’s one thing most people wouldn’t know about you? 

My wife and I run an Etsy shop together. We started making resin and clay accessories as a pandemic hobby, and it really took off. We named the shop A Touch of Nelly after our daughter Penelope, so it has a lot of meaning for us. That’s where a lot of our free time goes and has been a great creative outlet and fun way to celebrate together as it grows. 

Emily and her daughter, Penelope, share a warm hug outside!
Emily and her daughter, Penelope, share a sweet hug!

Q3: What’s your current obsession? 

Bird watching. I started at the beginning of the pandemic because last year it felt like there wasn’t much to do other than stare out the window. I have a scope that attaches to my phone to take close-ups of new birds and identify them. It’s become a family hobby, and we take lots of trips to Montezuma when the weather is nice. 

Q4: Choose a movie title for the story of your life.

Perfect Pandemonium. We have three cats, two dogs and a toddler. As you could guess, our house is in constant chaos trying to wrangle everyone. While it can be exhausting, I wouldn’t change a thing! 

Q5: What’s the strangest/coolest thing that’s ever happened to you?

My daughter Penelope is the coolest thing to happen to me. It sounds cliche, but she’s the perfect combination of me and my wife, and it’s amazing watching her develop her own personality. She’ll try to put on my shoes or jewelry and it melts my heart that she wants to be like her Mommy. She’s the coolest little human. 

Q6: What would your desert island band/artist be, and why?

This is a hard one. Probably Drake. His music never seems to get old, no matter how much you listen to it. Fun fact: there are lullaby versions of Drake’s songs if you want to make naptimes more entertaining. 

Q7: What is one thing you’ve tried recently that has helped you stay calm and focused?

I’ve recently started doing yoga and meditation. Our house is always pretty chaotic, so it’s a nice way to wind down and take time for myself. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never tried. The option to take virtual classes allowed me to finally take the leap. Now I meditate every day and try to do yoga at least four times a week!