Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
My first biggest influence was my grandmother. She and my grandfather raised me and my siblings. She was a woman grounded in her faith and saw only the good in each person she met. She is instilled strong values of empathy, compassion, hard work and integrity which has served me well throughout my life. Next is my husband who is my rock. He is the calm to my storm and one of my biggest supporters.
Name a person who helped you along the way?
Linda Doll-she was my first true developmental manager. She cared about me as a person and cared about where I wanted to go in my career. She opened the path that led to my career in training and development. I do what I do today because of her.
What do you see as your greatest success in life, so far?
First and foremost my two boys. Brian who is 24 and Andrew who is 28. I firmly believe they were brought onto this earth to teach me. They are my absolute joy and I get much of my inspiration from them.
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What book would you recommend and why?
“The Gifted Journey: Five Transformative Steps to uncover your unique path”. It’s my book and it was just published in September 2018! I started this book over 5 years ago and then shelved it because I wanted it to be different, to be practical and to help people who struggled – like I did – on finding their path in life.
How do you deal with fear?
I recognize the emotion when I feel it and try to determine where it is coming from. I find that breathing helps and from there to talk it out with someone else. I also try to think of worst case scenarios and the likely hood of those happening.
What’s a personal self-talk, mantra, affirmation or self-belief that contributes to your success?
I try to look through the lens of gratitude and joy each day. Most nights I will spend time reflecting on the events of the day and look for those moments of grace. It could be someone I met, a project I accomplished, spending time with family, etc.