My foray into becoming an entrepreneur began at the age of 17 1/2 in the insurance industry. Truth be told, it actually began at our dining room table where my parents discussed our janitorial business. It was there that my sister, Janet and I learned that this was "our family" business. This being my foundation gave me strength when approached by my best friends dad to embark on insurance to immediately say yes! Realizing today that I am indeed a perfect blend of my parents provides tremendous balance for me. My dad was the outgoing and friendlier of the two of them. He never met a stranger, only unmet friends. I am exactly the same way. He was an entertainer, singer, musician and very bright and quick witted. Well, I didn't take to musical instruments much to his chagrin. Then there is my mom, Mumay. Sharp dresser, fashion maven, thinker, and problem solver. Cool during a crisis. I embody those traits I share ever so humbly (not.....channeling my dad right there)! Both of my parents instilled a love for reading and exploring that I am grateful for daily. I'm a cheerleader and a great friend. Known for believing in others more than they believe in themselves until they believe in themselves more! One of the things that frustrates me are the limits that others impose on themselves and those closest to them. I'm always amazed at the power that is freely given to the community of "they". Who says you or I can't? Usually it's they, that's who. I have done so many things that the "theymen" corner said I couldn't. Have always been a voracious reader, inquisitive and filled with wonder. Not a bad armchair jeopardy player either! Never known for taking myself too seriously. Daily Lucy visitations influenced by the Queen of Comedy spices up my otherwise normal days. These daily reminders keep me humble. I once tried to distance myself from them, now I embrace them with laughter. My personal love of Lucy experientially occurred at the age of 19 at my first apartment. It was a hot summer day. Armed with my new gladiator sandals, arms filled with my laundry basket I proceeded to do my laundry. While running down the stairs after loading my first load I slipped down the center plastic runner fanny first! After making sure that noone saw me, sitting on the bottom step I laughed (no howled) at the top of my lungs. I can't recall a time that I have laughed that hard. Og Mandino in one of his scrolls said, "I will laugh at myself for man is most comical when he takes himself too seriously." Don't misinterpret, I'm serious when I need to be and let loose and have FUN as much and often as possible.
On the shallow end shoes. Reading. Exploring various parts of my personality. Learning. Sharing. Cheering others on. Cooking. Having a good time alone, and with friends and family. Making new friends.
Having had the honor of sharing at TEDxTemecula on Wine Personalities and how best to embrace our differences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA1p0by0EwM Researching this subject and having it seep into various aspects of my life has changed me. Learning to let others truly be themselves as we all evolve, change and grow. Sounds simple at times sounds easy. In retrospect it takes effort. Like watching a toddler wobble as they learn to walk. There are some things that must be experienced to get to the other side. I have something brewing in my internal think tank. It's not a totally new thought for me. However, it is expanding and growing legs. Who knows I may end up sharing it at another TEDx! We'll see. Stay tuned.
New, innovative ways to embrace and celebrate our differences resulting in the revelation that we really aren't that much different after all. More, better and deeper ways to connect. I'd LOVE that!
People closest to me know that I'm a good cook. My Christmas dinner is from different cultures. Very authentic except for desserts. I make Snicker's pie or something similar noone seems to mind.
Little known fact is that after having learned of TEDx while clicking randomly on websites I had an interest of bringing TEDx to Temecula. Getting distracted by the day to day activities it went to the backburner of my mind. When it bubbled up again I was thrilled to learn that a license had been issued. So, when I applied to speak, my TEDx talk was roughly 70% complete. I had my intro and outro in the can. Chronicling my journey as not to spill a drop was my goal. You can catch it here: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/mytedxtemeculajourney. This experience has caused me to cheer on other TEDxters. I've participated in tweetchats, g+, and live streams. The community is incredible. So giving. Best way I can describe it is after participating (via live stream and twitter) with TEDxrainier's event I said in my head, "welcome home". I feel like my TED story is just beginning and will continue to be experienced, embraced, lived and written.
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