What gets you passionate?
Coaching others and having them see their worth. One of my favorite thingswith my job is to introduce something new to the team, and be able to walkthem through it so that everyone leaves with an understanding of how it willbenefit them and their families. I love seeing people become passionateabout life in general. I want to see a sparkle in everyone's eyes.
You've survived two open heart surgeries, how did that change your perspective on life?
I appreciate every day more than ever. I know that may sound cliché, butbelieve me, when you face open heart surgery twice in the span of 3 monthsand don't know if you will wake up when the surgery is finished, it makesyou appreciate the small things in life more than ever. I let myself makemistakes, I let my children get dirty and not always look perfect, I laughwith my husband about things that can't be changed. I wish everyone had theopportunity to really live each moment like it is your last at least once.It makes you look at life through different eyes- hopefully with moreforgiving and kind eyes. Everyone is struggling with something, and we allneed more love and forgiveness.
You're a mom, wife, and a business woman... how do you keep the balance of what you have to do and what's important?
Do I have a healthy balance?? That is the daily question. My husband and Iwork as a team. I couldn't do it without him. If I am working late, hemakes dinner and gets the kids through the shower. I have learned to tryand take special time with my husband whenever I can get it. We celebratedour 15 year anniversary 2 weeks ago with a staycation. It was the bestthing ever! No long drive, just to the Marcus Whitman. Two full days ofrelaxing, catching up with each other, eating delicious food, and all withbeing 10 miles from home. After my heart surgeries, I think it has been alittle easier to put value on the important things in life. Work can bevery stressful and demanding, but it will be there tomorrow. We are notpromised tomorrow with our loved ones.
What is the most important thing to instill in your children for their future?
To be kind. The love more. To help others in need. To watch for people that are hurting and draw alongside them. Love is what makes this crazy life worth every minute. Be generous with others- you will never regret it.
In your own words, define true love.
True love...... if you would have asked me this 15 years ago, I am sure Iwould have said something different. True love is having someone that isyour best friend and confidant that you can trust with anything. True loveis still feeling butterflies in their touch after being married for 15years. True love is seeing the father of your children love, comfort andguide them through daily things. True love is being with someone who tellsyou that they love you every day, and tells you that you look amazing (evenwith those extra pounds and messy hair).