Don’t quit on your dreams, move away from your obstacles and live your life to its fullest. People tend to step away from that spark of inspiration in their youth that drove them to excellence.
When did you make the biggest difference?
I like to think that everyday I can make a difference in someone’s life. Today, that life might be mine. Yesterday, it was that person who needed a kind word. Tomorrow is still a few hours away.
Who had the most influence on your life?
My grandmother taught us that it was more important to play with the babies and smaller children than doing loads of spotless housekeeping. We still tended to our home but we had our memories of playing in the sandbox. Housework is thankless, childhood memories are priceless!
What was your greatest moment?
My greatest moment were when my kids were born.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I have always wanted to be an artist when I grow up. I am an artist now, but still debating the grown up part…
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
My parents have kept their marriage together for over 50 years through opposition, a pack of 6 wild kids, and economic hardship. They are still in love after all this time and are a testament to that institution. Today they have a comfortable life and are still going strong.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Stay in school. I took my GED early, but have recently gone back to college. I wish I had some of those teaching with me today. It would have made a difference in where I wound up and the work I do.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
I have learned to expect the unexpected as my day is never the same. It helps to adapt quickly to changes around you.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I would say I am 120 years old mentally some days but still have the drive of a 25 year old, most of the time!
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
I would love for each and every child and dreamer in this world to be given the opportunity to pursue their talents and develop their skills.