If you opened your own business, what would it be?
There are a lot of them!!! Not in any specific order: realtor, writer, travel reviewer (think Samantha Brown), professor, or business consultant.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Talk less, listen more. Don’t be so afraid—of everything. Follow your heart. Take more risks. Live more in the moment, and less in the future. Travel more. Don’t spend so much money on ‘stuff’. Worry less about what you can’t control. Speak up: say what you think and feel. Have tough conversations. Stay true to your values, these are the core of who you are. Take the path(s) that make the most sense for you, and worry less about what others think—it’s your life, not theirs.
I’ve never met a stranger. The ability to skip the small chat, and get right to the stuff inside your soul-- in a less creepy way than that sounds writing on paper. I make many decisions on intuition. I have a profound hearing loss and poor eyesight, so it’s been said I have a sort of ‘sixth sense’; sounds bizarre, but it’s the kind of stuff that raises the hair on the back of your neck.
What makes you feel fulfilled?
Helping others in any possible way I can. Love. Time with family and friends.
When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?
Orbiting the Giant Hairball, by Gordon MacKenzie
The Radical Leap, by Steve Farber
Creative Visualization, by Shakti Gawain
What makes your heart race?
Love. Hope. The future.
Organization or cause near to your heart-
There are a few that rise to the top, but I support a number of outstanding organizations in Central Iowa: Variety the Children’s Charity, Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS), and United Way of Central Iowa.
What keeps you up at night?
Vulnerability. Standing on my own two feet. The future.
What is a belief you once held but no longer do?
The notion that life is linear with perfectly squared off checkboxes. I’m a list maker, so this notion made sense to me: graduate high school, go to college, get married, have babies, be a stay at home mom, live happily ever after. Reality was/is so much messier, and so not linear.
What are you interested in connecting with other women about?
I love learning and hearing others’ experiences and ‘mistakes’, and how they grew from them. Let’s celebrate these, and all grow together and support each other, rather than feeling the need to hide and/or feeling shame.