10-MINUTE MANAGER: Carlene Holford
Carlene Holford is managing director of ARCA Creative Concepts.
Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
I have always wanted to be self-employed. I have been back and forth between being an employee and being self-employed. At this time, being unemployed when jobs are few and high in demand, gives me drive to pursue the dream and adventure of operating my own business.
What is you biggest professional challenge?
Building a solid customer base has been a challenge for me with ARCA Creative Concepts. ARCA is a handcraft business, specialising in the techniques of knit and crochet, and hand and machine sewn products. A lot of love and energy goes into our work and people have appreciated our products both in the purchasing of items and in the expressions of admiration.
What is your biggest life challenge?
Most people strive to fit in. I have learnt that I am who I am and fitting in isn’t always going to be me. So my biggest life challenge would have to be, being accepted for just being me.
When you look to the future, what do you see?
My future is full of love and laughter, comfort and peace. Just a general feeling of satisfaction with my business endeavours and the fruits of my labours.
What is your favourite pastime?
My favourite pastime is relaxing with family and/or friends in any setting that allows for this.
What is your favourite meal?
Sometimes I have cravings for a particular food but nothing comes to mind as a favourite meal.
On Saturday nights, where are you likely to be?
At home preparing for Sunday worship at All Souls Anglican Church where I am the resident organist.
What upsets you the most?
It is difficult to pick one outstanding peeve, but I will have to say at this time my greatest peeve is people who want or need your skills and talents but are unwilling to give you the value of your time and service.
What is your guiding philosophy?
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
Just for a day? I would designate that day “day to live in someone’s shoes” because to know is to understand. (SC)