We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacquelynn Houston and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacquelynn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I used to view risk as jumping off of a cliff (and I’m kinda scared of cliffs). So, I saw it as diving head first into something so unknown with a high chance of an ugly outcome. Now I see risks as something exciting. Jumping into the unknown is bound to bring you to a place you have never been, which is a thrill within itself. My view on risk taking has changed because I decided to start taking them. Reflecting back on every risk I have taken, no matter how big or small, it has brought me something greater. I have realized that if I forever just stay where I feel comfortable without ever taking a risk, I will never better myself. I cannot grow as a person to my highest potential if I just sit around and wait for opportunities to come for me. I view risk taking as an investment. With anything there is always a chance of failure. But without taking a risk it will always be a failure in my mind because you will live with the “what if.”

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.
I just got my Private Pilots License which is by far my greatest accomplishment thus far. I still have so much further to go to reach my goal of becoming an airline pilot but this milestone has been huge for me. Getting my Private Pilots License is something that I have been dreaming about for years now, but it is something that I thought was only ever going to stay a dream. Putting so much time, effort, studying, money, etc into something that I have wanted so badly, and finally obtaining it, is such a crazy, rewarding experience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my San Diego must do’s include sunset cliffs, a picnic at Centennial Park (it has the BEST view of downtown San Diego), renting jet skis or a Duffy in Mission Bay, and drinks in Old Town!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friends and family deserve an abundance of credit and recognition. I owe all of my successes to them. Without their support through my highest highs and lowest lows I would not be a fraction of the person I am today.

Instagram: @jacquelynnrh

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