Feisty as all get out. My grandfather was a professional boxer in New York so I think it’s where I get my fight. With a dad from Jersey and a mom from Alabama, it’s no wonder I got so messed up. JK, Dad. My favorite color is yellow. It was my mom’s favorite color too. She passed away at 53. I spent a lifetime blaming her for my mistakes. Then, I grew up and became a mom. This sh** is hard. Can’t wait to see her again, in Heaven. I just get her now. I understand why she was the way she was. She didn’t know how to communicate and the story I was telling myself about her had nearly destroyed me. The day she died is the very day I decided to never hold back, to be all she believed I could be (even if she didn’t know how to tell me). And here we are.
So, I really dig Jesus. He’s my #1. Some of my favorite things are London Fog tea lattes. Cube steaks and fried okra make me happy and I could eat Mexican food every night of my life. Working out and eating right are back on my plan. Gained 40 pounds starting all this until I saw a pic and freaked out. Thank the Lord my body bounced back quick. I’m like the energizer bunny either way though. I just keep going and going. I love being creative. It’s like breath to my lungs. When God gives me an idea, I am on mission. Like no-one-is-sleeping-til-this-thing-is-done kind of mission. OK, I am exaggerating a bit. I love to do that too. I’m theatrical. I can’t help it. I’m a work-in-progress and getting more chill by the day.
I kind of have this addiction to adrenaline I’m still dealing with. I’ve been told if I had just been a skydiving instructor, my life would have turned out differently. Not making excuses, but really, I should have never went to college to be a CPA. My big dream was to be an attorney but I kept falling asleep every time I read. I’ve skydived, zip lined, bungee jumped out of a hot air balloon, all of it. Rock climbing starts in a week.
You’ll catch me often with 20 tabs open on my computer at once. I’m hard to follow. “There she goes ping-ponging again,” they say about me. I don’t get what their problem is. Follow me, people! Sarah, our super awesome Director of Programs, says that I’m an abstract thinker and I confuse people who aren’t. I now have an interpreter assigned to me that speaks ‘Dana’ when there is a breakdown in communication. For real. This happens.
I’m working on being nice and having a sweet personality. My heart is super full of love but I guess my face doesn’t always show it. I used to think it made me weak but I’ve learned how beautiful gentleness is while still totally being a #girlboss. Being an overachiever can be overrated sometimes! I’m staying motivated AND stoppin’ and smellin’ the roses, people.
I’m a Social Entrepreneur in bussiness. I had no idea what that was until a few years ago. We are the era of a new kind of entrepreneur, and now that I know who I am in business, it just all makes sense to me. It’s become my passion to teach and share how we can make the world a better place through business.