What is your profession? My profession is a part-time sales person at The Silver Puffin, (the corner of King & George Streets) downtown.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training programs. I just completed my 3rd marathon competing as a walker through Disney in Orlando. There’s still time to check out the website before it closes if you’d like to read about the process. http://pages.teamintraining.org/sc/wdw11/tnewtonazr
I am also involved with my church as part of the nominating committee and decorating committee. I teach Sunday School, Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School.
I enjoy volunteering for various events offered by the Center for Women. Much is to be learned from the classes offered as well. I enjoy writing and attending seminars on topics new to me.
One of my favorite things to do on a lazy day is just hang out with my husband and our mutts, Roscoe and Gidget.
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been a member of the Center for Women going on 5 years now, since 2006.
What inspired you to become a member? What inspired me to become a member actually stemmed from depression. I left a job that I loved at one point, after much controversy and closed myself off to the world. After more episodes of Oprah and Dr. Phil than I’d like to admit, I found a local counselor through Dr. Phil’s website. Eventually, she suggested attending events at the Center for Women to have social interaction. I found a surprisingly supportive group of women and began to trust again.
Slowly, I began working through panic attacks by attending certain events, the first of which was at The Family Circle Cup. Most recently I applied for the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award and although I didn’t win this year, the process encouraged defining my dream, ways to achieve my dream, placed a financial plan in order and encouraged a time frame. These are all elements that spurred me on to success. Meeting a very special woman at the end of the marathon, who works in Kabul bringing two societies together, was icing on the cake of this victory.
What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?The impact that the Center for Women has had on me is multi-dimensional.
*When I wasn’t well, I was welcomed, comforted, supported and encouraged.
*When I became well, I signed up to do my first marathon in 2007 with LLS, Team in Training. I attended a job counseling class at the Center for Women and took an inventory of many things to improve. This began some planning and goal setting. Survival had been my mode of operation, so planning and goal setting was not my strong suit.
*Figuring out strengths became my next challenge. I’ve read many books, taken some classes, written a bit and have been hanging out in “prep” mode. While I’m still working through things myself, I support the Center for Women because they meet each individual woman where she is, then help her succeed. New challenges are created for growth, then they help her succeed. They keep the learning process and victory celebrations going all while she is succeeding. Then, to top it off, they show by example HOW and WHEN and WHERE and TO WHOM and most importantly WHY to give back. The Center for Women creates a success spiral that is meeting women at every level.
How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?Living day-to-day as a woman has affected me in both positive and negative ways, as I imagine the same would be true for men.
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My suggestion to any woman would be to get connected with The Center for Women to experience what is possible through knowledge, while at the same time, stay grounded in faith. The balance of both worlds beaming with mutual respect is the future I work toward.