I was thrown into leadership when I was in eighth grade, and immediately knew deep in my soul that I was meant to live my life through that lens. When I look back over the last 50 years, I am humbled at where and how that view has carried me. If I had to choose a descriptor for that role, it would be “pioneer”.
As a female, I have achieved success in academics, athletics, business, community, and as a solo parent. Truly it was not always easy, rather very challenging. And I’ve learned to always be cool with challenge and adversity. Because every step of the way I had, and will continue to have, people there to support me. I had disciplined habits modeled and taught since I started preparing for sports competition at age three. Most importantly, I never let go of a deep belief in myself.
The key to my achievements has been balance – that sweet spot where my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual gears were spinning together with ease, without dissonance. What I have managed to acquire in addition to my credentials is a vast network of people who I am lucky to call friends, and a toolbox chock full of well-honed power tools, ready to use as life continues to unfold.
I suspect that if you are reading this, you also are looking for another way or a key. My purpose in life now that I am a Modern Elder is to spend time giving back what I have to others like you. We together can rummage through my toolbox and see what you may borrow, try out, or go out and acquire for yourself. Essentially, I can help you find that key. That key that is understanding and mastery of yourself.
Allow me to walk by your side for a bit, as we honor each others’ possibilities for a wonder-filled and fulfilling life.