Marie Miller-Rodriguez

Marie Miller-Rodriguez

Name: Marie Miller-Rodriguez

Age: 37

Title: Director of External Communications, The Melting Pots of Phoenix

Married/Single: Married

Kids: 1

Live: Scottsdale

I was born…

Pittsburgh, PA. Home of the Steelers and giant sandwiches with coleslaw and French fries on them!

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the growing craft beer and local wine culture. Arizona is really developing a proud culture to “Support Local” and “Drink Local”.

I’m listening to…

at this very moment – a live version of Don McLean’s American Pie on Pandora.

My family…

is amazing and I wouldn’t be the person I am without them.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Neil deGrasse Tyson. I can’t remember one particular person having such an impact on my life that wasn’t related to me!

One thing I cannot live without…

my phone – it is literally infinite wisdom in the palm of my hand! Sadly, I use it mostly for looking up the spelling of common words.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a computer programmer.

I’m inspired by…

the creativity and motivation of those around me. I love the “can do” spirit.

The one person who motivates me is…

my daughter. She likes to pretend she is doing homework or going to work. She also fancies herself an artist. I want to make sure those positive examples continue.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

developing better programs for early childhood education, child protection, foster care and childhood hunger issues. I’d want us to care more about each other, as a society, than we do, say, reality television.

The perfect day would be…

waking up to a clean house and spending the day in the sunshine tasting beer, wine, and food in some grass surrounded by my family and friends. Maybe there would be a pool or a lake involved.

My first job was…

a supervisor for an ice-cream place called Lickety Split in Pittsburgh – I was 15.

My favorite escape…

anywhere with good drinks, good food, great atmosphere, my kid and my husband – and, of course, a pool or a lake.

My life…

is constantly changing yet is always the same. I have to be ready for anything and willing to take it on with gusto.

I’m currently working on…

a couple degrees in marketing and visual communications. I am also a part of a great team who are always working on fantastic, fresh ways to keep The Melting Pots of Phoenix the most romantic restaurant in the Phoenix Area!

Always…

be flexible with life – no matter how you plan your life, there may be a few curve balls that could result in a homerun, just keep your eye on the ball and follow through.

Never…

stop developing or loving yourself.

Favorite Quote…

“If there must be madness and time crunches and chaos in your life, then let there be chaos. But find the strength and stillness to be the eye inside that storm. These things are happening around you; nothing is happening to you.” ~Amy Jirsa, Quiet Earth Yoga. It doesn’t always mean that I follow that advice, it is something that I can recall to help me through tough times…

Biggest Dream…

to be a full-time photographer and blogger of wine and craft beer.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

when technology does not cooperate with me.



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