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. But don’t you dare call me religious. I’m pretty sick of that crap. I love God. I don’t judge and I’m cool like that. 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. I’m like the energizer bunny. 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 and I like 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, swam from Alcatraz, 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 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 business. 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 professionally, it just all makes sense to me. I get my personality type now. It’s become my passion to teach and share how we can make the world a better place through business.
The children are our greatest joy and you can call me ‘glamma’ to our two grandchildren, Jax and Lala (aka Scarlett). Jake and Brooke, our two youngest, are unashamed of who we were, have experienced the best of us, and are mission driven leaders in their own right. Their compassion for the children coming into the Academy seems, in some ways, to be a tribute to their older siblings. These kids are miraculous, in a thousand different little ways, simply miraculous.