What's the most sensible thing you've ever heard someone say?
Start an endeavor with your intent in mind. When we brought our first baby home I was more concerned with making it through the day than setting an intention for the way that I would raise him. Over time, I learned that habits are not magically formed but an intention is set and practiced until it becomes second nature. It is much easier to start with your intent in mind, than to change your course.
What gets you excited about life?
Matthew 6:34 says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After almost losing my second son at birth and facing future surgeries I realized that ultimately, I need to trust God for my tomorrow. I know if I trust Him to lead me, the things that are truly important will get done and I need not be concerned about the future.
If you had to teach something what would you teach?
I love traveling with teenagers, exploring the world with them for the first time. Through Girl Scouts, I led a group of girls on a trip to London in 2018 and will bring another group to Europe in 2020. It is a life-changing experience to see it both through their eyes and mine, at different stages of life with different perspectives. The world is ours for the taking and when we realize that, everything changes.
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
The 40s are not over the hill, they are the top of the hill. I have climbed and strived; completed my degree, raised a family and developed a career. My life experiences have taught me to know and love who I am. Tenacity has shown me that succeed or fail, I will become stronger. With experience behind me and a lifetime in front of me, there are no limits on the future.