Page 8 - September 2021 Issue
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 What does peace look like to you?
Peace to me is silence. I live a quiet existence. My household is quiet by choice and has a calmness to it. I choose to awaken my peace with noise with things like music or the television or hearing my son play video games with his friends where he is celebrating. That is welcomed noise and interrupted peace.
Peace is the opportunity to live in silence with chosen interruptions. I get to select those interruptions. I try very hard not to allow anyone or anything to disrupt my energy or peace with their shenanigans.
I wish more people would understand the power they have to control their peace. Everything and everyone should not be allowed in your space.
What advice do you have for others who have THE dream?
Your dreams should align with your skills or gifts.
Find someone to mentor, partner, or champion you along your journey. It can be one person or multiple people. We should not live in isolation, and some people would love to see you succeed as well. There is no reason to struggle and waste time. Build your dreams within a like-minded community, so as you grow, the community grows as well.
What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
I want to demystify the lies that we are taught that keep us stuck. We are taught to be perfect, put ourselves last, use our voice only when told, and keep hurting ourselves because no one cares.
I like this work because I like to see individuals' dreams come true. I teach people skills and partner with them to ensure they can lead happy, healthy, whole lives. I believe in three philosophies. I coach from that space.
The first is to teach. I teach people skills they don't have; to create the life they want. The first being boundaries. (my favorite)
The second is I advise. I never ask a client to experience a task that I have not done on myself. I provide frameworks and guidance. I am not of the school of thought of sink or swim. That lacks generosity.
Last, the third is to coach. I push, champion, cry and celebrate with my clients to achieve their dreams.
How difficult is it to maintain a work-life balance? What makes you a powerhouse? What is the source of your strength?
It is extremely DIFFICULT to maintain a work-life balance. My work and life are intertwined so closely. I am a mother, a full-time Ph.D. student, a Political Strategist, a Conflict Strategist and Coach, Speaker, business owner, friend to many, and I work with a fantastic charity called Calalus Charities that brings veterans and the business community together.
Balancing means having solid boundaries.
I don't believe that I am a "powerhouse." This term is misleading because people think you can do everything without realizing that burnout is real, especially women.

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