1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Besides the obvious answer being that I am able to quote every word of The 2000 How The Grinch Stole Christmas movie forward and backward, I am also an avid connoisseur of self-help books. I believe that investing time and effort into improving my mind is my primary focus. If I am able to refine and focus my emotions, I can better facilitate everyone around me. My favorites are Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and Warrior Goddess Training by HeatherAsh Amara.
2. What are your biggest passions?
Art is my biggest outlet; quite literally being my saving grace. I believe that the right things have a way of finding you when you need them. Art presented itself into my life at a dark time. I used it as a way to convey the emotion inside me. As I navigate through my life I have found that it is not only a way to communicate those negative feelings but is also a way for my subconscious mind to be heard. I begin each piece with a specific image in mind. I get to watch the painting’s message transform as I go. The end result is almost always completely different from what is started. I often get asked “What does it mean?” Or “what is your message?” To which I respond with “What does it mean to you?” I could say what the intention was but it would skew the message for someone else. Great art will provoke a different message for each viewer, depending on what internal message they are in need of. Creating that mental dialog is a form of art in itself.
3. What are your goals for the future?
Traveling has been a lifelong desire of mine. Last year I was finally able to begin journeying. I wrote in a journal entry dated 7/26/2015: “I have no desires for the wants of my peers. You will not find me living in the same city I grew up in 20 years from now, married to the first man to look my direction. That life has never enticed me. However, there is a life I yearn for so strongly that, if I hold still long enough, I can feel pulling at the strands of my hair. I want passion. I want to paint until my fingers are permanently locked to holding a brush. I want to visit ancient cities and have discussions with street performers about their childhoods. I want to help a kid in Ecuador learn to say “Hello” and another in Japan to tie his shoes. I want to understand how Buddhists worship and how Muslims pray. I want to be taught yoga from an 80 year old Indian man, and I want to read so many books that my head grows a couple sizes. So if you were to ask me what I wanted to do with my life, the most simple answer I could give you is that I just want to experience it.”
I always keep these goals in my forethoughts. I am so grateful for the ability to submerge myself into the broad relationship between destinations and individuals that travel brings. So far this year the future trips I have planned include England, Scotland, Spain, Canada, and New York.
4. What is your definition of success?
I'm a believer in the deep side of life; the metaphysical and emotional. But I'm also a believer in laughter & humor. Success in my eyes is someone who embodies balance between the spectrums of life. I strive to be someone who radiates all things positive while also accepting opportunities for spiritual growth.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're working on.
I currently am in a management position at an association ranked #1 in Cardiology statewide. I am in the processing of becoming a Certified Medical Administrative specialist. After my certification I am committed to volunteering at an after hours clinic one of my employing physicians provides. The program is called The Heart of Medicine Clinic and is provided to cardiac patients who do not have insurance. Patients are able to receive testing, ultrasounds, blood work, and office visits free of charge.
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