1.Tell us a funny story about a date night out with your husband.
My children. Being a mom is a role I take seriously. Despite its challenges some days, I try to make decisions that will make their lives better, give them a role model to look up to, and provide them with the tools they need to grow up to be life changing individuals.
2.What are the (2) most important things in your kitchen and why?
My birthday each year is usually a perfect day. I wake up to breakfast made by my hubby and eat with family, play with my little ones, open a present from my husband and one from each of my kids (usually homemade scribbles), get loving phone calls, texts, and messages from family and friends wishing me a great year ahead, and have a dinner out with my family and closest friends. Just perfect.
3.What do people assume about you that isn’t true?
Even if the day before ended with frustrations, I try to wake up every day and treat it like a fresh start. Before my feet even hit the ground, I take deep breaths, stretch, and put together a mental picture of what my day will look like and how I can make it better than the day before. I balance my day between hearing my kids laugh, crossing things of my to-do list, and work on accomplishing my goals. I focus on being positive (sometimes annoyingly optimistic), greeting strangers with a smile (even my kids wave and say hi to everyone), and paying it forward when I can.
4.Tell us a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
A jewelry box that contains three very important rings. The first is my grandmother's engagement ring. She was my best friend, idol, and the woman who helped raise me to be the strong, independent woman that I am today. The second being my father's high school class ring that I got from my mom when I turned 18. I met my father for the first time 5 yrs ago Memorial weekend, knocked on his door in Snowflake, AZ, and completed the void I had been carrying for 38 years (a truly life changing time experience). And lastly, it's where I place my wedding ring each night when I go off to sleep and where I find it every morning when I start my day.