Q: Can you share about your background and upbringing?
A: I was raised as a good southern girl, a child of immigrants, in Norfolk, VA. I am sure I do not have to explain the dichotomy of where I lived and where my roots were from
Q: A classic question, but I can’t help but ask… What advice would you give to your 30 year old self?
A: Stick to your own priorities and desires...do not let other people( as in family) and their opinions of you sway you from your original ideals.
Q: Can you tell us about a life-changing moment (or moments) that required you to use or step into your power? How did you go about doing this?
A: There was trauma in my family; unfortunately I was young, impressionable and for many years did not act as who I really was. I acquiesced to not make matters worse. What saved me was a teacher who invited me to be a volunteer in the 4th grade with children with disabilities. I did puzzles with them, read to them. They accepted me 500% for who I was
Q: When was a time in your life that you deviated from the norm and it paid off?
A: Probably when I was 31 and was divorced.
Q: What advice would you give to a woman who’s having a hard time tapping into her power?
A: Seek resources to validate who you are; stand up to being different. Be consistent.
Who are some of the women that have inspired you throughout your life? What did they teach you?
A: Sorry to say few inspirations until I was in my 30s. They did however at this stage teach me to believe in myself; mainly friends, new people I was meeting in professional setting.
Q: What is your favorite part of your home? Why?
A: Bedroom & living room sofa. I am most creative in thought when in bed; I do my best thinking and my actions come to fruition. It happens in my head, then it gets transferred appropriately. I love to read. I am an avid reader, mainly lying down. Reading motivates me, gives me good models to mirror and helps me be/stay strong.
Q: What books do you recommend most often?
A: Novels about strong women; women authors who have experienced tragedy and written about it
Q: Where do you go when you need to recharge?
A: The beach, the spa, the desert; hearing/seeing a motivating/inspiring film or musical presentation; plan a trip to a new place
Q: What is your favorite drink or food to make when you have people over to your house?
A: I make a lot of veggies( asparagus, colored carrots/new potatoes) paired with things like risotto, or pasta, A unique salad( my fav is one I do with smoked trout) crunchy good bread and that's all I need. I prefer small light meals. If a plate is presented to me dripping with food, it takes away my appetite. However I always have room for dessert.
Q: To be a woman in America today is
Q: One thing I wish more people knew about is
A: How to plan, evaluate and follow through.
Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
I think its powerful to be a Mom, to inspire another human being, to help guide, and teach. I have been lucky to have amazing children, especially now that they are grown!!!