City: Anywhere the world takes us; currently Flagstaff, AZ
Profession: Campus Recreation Professional, Higher Education
What inspires or motivates you?
My motivation and my inspiration come from people and their energy. I choose to surround myself with people who are positive and full of energy. I believe that energy is infectious! People say that you become a reflection of the five people you spend the most time with; this is why I eliminate negative people from my circle. My inspiration comes from people that allow me to feel supported and successful in whatever I am doing. Also my partner; my loving husband Jordan! He believes in me and has enough faith in me that encourages me to feel that I can accomplish anything.
How do you approach challenges?
Head-on! I love to find my spirituality above all else when it comes to a challenge. Personally, I give up all of my worries to God in prayer; it has dramatically enhanced my life and my purpose. Spirituality is part of comprehensive wellbeing. In my day-to-day, I have a “Never say no” rule. When it comes to making someone’s day, or making someone happy, hearing the word “no” is such a bummer. Find a way to frame whatever the situation is with some options! When a patron at our work asks for something, we work together to come up with different options or ideas we can offer them, so they still feel valued for whatever they requested. This will change your life! Making people feel valued is not only great for them, but will be so rewarding for you, also!
How do you deal with or manage your stress?
SWEAT. I love to lift heavy things, run, dance, or do yoga.
“Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy. & Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!” –Elle from Legally Blonde
Even taking a walk stimulates a release of neurotransmitters that physically tricks your body into being in a better mood.
What is your personal motto or philosophy when it comes to your career?
My personal philosophy is that everyone can play! In our society, it is so important to embrace others. Sexual orientation, culture, physical appearance, gender identity; all of these pieces put together the wonderful puzzle of humans! It is my joy and my responsibility to create programs that are inclusive of all; culturally competent, and adaptable, all done in an environment that facilitates inclusion. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what ever your ability or disability may be; YOU CAN PLAY.
What do you feel is the most important characteristic to possess to be successful? (Or one piece of advice you wish someone gave you as a 20-something?)
Ever heard of Kid President? He and I totally connect. His motto is always, “Make someone’s day awesome!” I believe that 100%. If I could go back to college all over again, I would focus way more on other people and all of my relationships. The way you make people feel will make or break you. Remember that next time you’re in an interview! I’ll leave you with the words of Maya Angelou to soak into…”People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never ever forget how you made them feel.”