We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Brazeel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, how does your business help the community?
My book is about my adventures as a Nanny in Denver and throughout the country. While I searched for my way in the world, it’s also apparent me how much privilege I had as a white nanny with a college education. The purpose of my book is to use my stories to shed light on our continued need for affordable and accessible childcare as well as raising awareness about domestic workers rights. It’s only right for the proceeds of my book to go to help domestic workers and so I donate at least 25% of all of my profits to the national domestic workers alliance, an organization that advocates for domestic workers in the United States who are primarily immigrant women and women of color.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
A large focus of my book is dedicated to my journey as a job seeker, never ending applications, interviews and looking for that perfect job. What occurred to me, throughout the years, is that there is no perfect job but if you appreciate the people you meet along the way, do your best, and stay humble, the perfect opportunity will organically present itself. The lesson is, never stop striving and trying new things- KEEP LEARNING. After 10 years of searching, I recently (like, Jan 2021) landed my dream job with a small liberal arts college and continue to volunteer with non profits that want to make the world a better place. I feel like I am living the dream, because I learned to appreciate the bottom. looking back, the wait was worth it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
well, we gotta start at Sams#5 (OG Location or the one in Aurora is just as good) – grab a bomb breakfast and then head to wash park for a nice lap or two- see every dog in the world, grab a Duffy roll on Pearl street to get you through happy hour time at Williams Tavern in uptown. $5 shot and a beer- best deal in town. That’s where I met my husband (classy, I know!)… if it were a Sunday, I’d go to jazz in the park or the Denver museum Of nature and science (where I worked for 10 years on and off as a teacher) we’d probably need to catch the sunset from the balcony facing west from the museum or chill at city park til the Porto potties are all used up. If we need a late night snack, you’ll find me at cosmos pizza, extra order of spicy ranch and headed to the new location of the Gypsy cafe down Broadway (RIP Marion street location) – and then try to have one last drink at the Satellite on Santa Fe- THANK YOU and Good night!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely have to give recognition and credit to all of the women in my life that have encouraged me to keep going. I was a nanny because I simply couldn’t find work after graduating from college in 2011. All the mothers I worked for gave me advice, references, and believed in my potential along with my own mother. In addition, without my college mentor, Elaina Verveer, I would not have realized my passion for nonprofits, the work they do, and how to stay true to helping others (even if that meant working for free). Publishing this book was a massive accomplishment and I also thank all of the individuals who supported me while I crowdfunded and published last year. I couldn’t have done it without all the women in my life and their support!
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Other: Amazon: Generation Nanny
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