1.Tell us a funny story about a date night out with your husband.
I truly believe that each of us has the unique ability to make a profound impact on the lives of others. Each day we are given the opportunity to bless others with love, hope and healing. With every smile received, every kind word delivered, and every ounce of compassion felt, we are creating a ripple effect of positive change throughout the world. This type of change can be monumental, should we first choose, to change ourselves.
2.What are the (2) most important things in your kitchen and why?
Nick is the most selfless individual I have ever been blessed to know and to love. He is kind, supportive, accepting; he is my biggest champion and my most loyal friend. He inspires me through his undeniable work ethic and passion to serve others. He is a wonderful father who pours belief into our daughter; always encouraging her to pursue her passions and to chase after her dreams. He is the catalyst in my vision to help as many people as possible, find their confidence and love themselves for who they are.
3.What do people assume about you that isn’t true?
I would give anything to hug my grandfather one last time. Growing up, he was one of my greatest influences, teaching me the value in showing kindness to strangers through love that was never conditional. I remember driving the 5 hours to his home almost every weekend, where he would greet us at the door with a soft smile and a warm welcome. There was always such a gentle and calm demeanor about him, something I always appreciated and never took for granted. If he were here today, I am certain he would be proud of my passion to serve others and my desire to make an impact.
4.Tell us a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
I hope more than anything, people would describe me as being kind, accepting and inclusive. I served as a “student mediator,” where at a young age, I began assisting peers in finding conflict resolution. I feel in a lot of ways, high school was where I was inspired to pursue my dreams of becoming a licensed Mental Health and Addiction Counselor.
5.If you had no fear, what would you try?
I believe that our journey through infertility has given us a greater perspective on what is important to us in life. We have learned to value experiences and making memories more than anything materialistic. The last several years have been an emotional rollercoaster with the loss of several pregnancies, however I’m not sure I could have been blessed with a stronger support system of family and friends. So, if I were to buy anything for my sweet husband, it would be endless vacations to “bucket list” destinations and unimaginable sporting events. Where he could enjoy the adventures with those he loves most.