Please join me in welcoming Teresa to our Woman of the Week interview series. Due to technical difficulties I am a day late. She is a friend from high school and again through the magic of Facebook we reconnected later in life. I love her passion, her search for wisdom and peace and her sense of humor!
1). In the last five years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your life?
Believing that whatever energy you put out there, is what will come back at you. Positive energy attracts positive, negative gets negative. When shit is not going well, I try to stop and look at what’s going on in me!
2). What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I can be a bit OCD and if I am out shopping I have a been known to fix clothes on hangers, put things back where they are supposed to go, etc…I have even been asked if I work there. If I come to your house and see weeds I will pull them. So if you were not home and see a pile of weeds, you know that I was there…lol Now mind you I am not like that in my own home but outside of it, I can’t help myself. I am ok with it 😊
3). What is the best purchase that you have made in recent memory?
When I bought my BMW x3. She was new to me with low mileage and good price. Lucy has been the best vehicle I have ever had and loved to drive. I feel about her like you do Black Beauty, it will be a very sad day for me when I must give her up!
4). If you could have a giant billboard anywhere with anything on it, what would it say and why?
Throw Kindness around like Confetti – because we need more kindness to stick on people in our world!
5). When you feel unsure or overwhelmed what do you do?
I get quiet if I am among a group of people. If I am at home, I retreat to my cave and look at why I am responding this way. I don’t get overwhelmed often, I have learned if it’s something that I can ask for help with, then I do.
6). What is your biggest problem, issue or stumbling block in your daily life?
Managing expectations. I have high expectations of most people and it can be frustrating. I have learned over the years to evaluate quickly if it’s important or not and if not to let it go. I think I have learned so much about myself in this area.
7). How has failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite failure” of yours?
As a nurse many years ago, I became very good at the computers. I was burned out as a Nurse and wanted to get into creating and building the system they were using in the hospital I worked at. I applied and was shot down, “Not enough experience” they said. I took that as a challenge and over the next year learned everything that I could. The following year they were coming to me to offer me a job. Set your mind on something, put the hard work in and it does pay off.
8). What is the most memorable thing you have received in recent memory?
My son’s appreciation of me as his Mother. His acknowledgment of being raised by a single mom when he was very young and the hard work I put in.
9). Who inspires you to be your best self?
Honestly people around me constantly inspire me to be my best self. Either from their bad actions or from their wonderful ones. I have been fortunate to have some loving, intelligent and down to earth people in my life, who want to share their knowledge and receive some of mine also. I love collaboration on anything!
10). What would you tell your 21 year old self?
Boys are dumb, and most don’t get much better when they get older. Looks are nice but your brain is what is going to take you places. You are the most important person in your life, workout those insecurities, know your worth, LOVE yourself above all else. Find a way to go check out the word and have a great time learning it all!
11). What would you be doing right now if money wasn’t part of the equation?
Travel the world. Meet and understand more people from other cultures. Volunteer more.
12). What three things are foremost on your mind right now?
- What do I want this second half of my life to look like?
- With all the information out there at our fingertips, it troubles me how small people’s minds and worlds are ☹
- The state of our country and what will be left after this administration gets done with it.
When are you most observant?
When am I not observant…lol I am always observant, it’s the nosiness in me…hahaha! I think being in the Military and a NUrse honed that gift for me.
Thank you T for sharing with us!