What is your profession? Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic International, Inc.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I live to be Inspired and at nearly any moment outside of my work day you can find me in awe of inspiration or….writing, writing and more writing! Granted I do love reveling in life’s little pleasures, spending time with friends and reading as well, but all of it lends itself to being inspired and to my writing. Sneaking away to a park for a few hours, roaming antique stores with girlfriends and picking up a classic for the uncountable time, offers endless opportunities to be inspired. I love capturing it and translating through my writing whether it be for personal use, a potential essay idea or something for my Web site.
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I joined the Center for Women just under a year ago after attending a few different events.
What inspired you to become a member? I attended the Women in Business Conference in 2008. I left the Conference feeling absolutely refreshed and empowered. After the conference, I met with some of the members on a one on one basis and developed close ties with these women, which convinced me the Center for Women was truly a great place for inspiring and empowering women to come together.
What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I was new to the area and new to the idea of being a real woman as opposed to simply a college girl. Through the Center for Women’s events, networks, members, and educational lectures I’ve grown stronger as an individual and a business woman – a grown up if you will – and I am incredibly grateful for the support they offer through all their outlets each and every day.
How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I absolutely love everything about being a woman! Well actually – those times when you are stuck using a road side restroom and trying to juggle not falling over, not dropping anything and not ruining your clothes – I wouldn’t mind being a man in those situations – but that’s it. Once I started to embrace all the different sides of being a woman and stopped trying to squeeze into a self-imposed box, things started going much more smoothly than ever before.
Yes I still get frustrated when others try to categorize me into a certain box – sweet, young, marketing girl, naïve, trouble maker (only on occasion), little sister, free spirit, receptionist, blogger, emotional, etc. etc. – and it may happen more often than I like, but I’ve learned to simply smile and laugh because no matter what, I know there’s a lot more to me than what they may perceive.
This feeling is something I want every woman to hold onto. More and more every day, I feel moved to encourage others in that process, helping them to learn how to embrace and love every little thing that comes with being a woman – the good, the bad, the heinously ugly – and take it all in and use it to make herself a better woman.
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? A woman’s touch should never be underestimated, so keep at it and don’t be afraid to get creative. Frustrations may come and troubles may arise, but acknowledge them and then keep moving with your eyes focused on the prize!
And if that doesn’t work, happy hour with your girls never hurts, either. ;)