Some personal qualities and characteristics that set me apart from some of my competitors has a lot to do with my personal life. In 2014 our youngest of three children was born with a life threatening birth defect call Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). We went through the scary process of prenatal testing to determine how severe her CDH would be and she remained in the hospital for 3 months after birth, has had multiple surgeries and upon coming home was fed through a gastrostomy tube. She struggled to survive, I struggled with some stress induced OCD tendencies and my family struggled financially and emotionally. It was hard, no doubt, but we somehow figured out how to make it all work out and came out of it happy, healthy and stronger than before. I feel I really have something to offer to others because of our experience that not many people can offer. I do think it makes our family stand out.
I think my colleagues would say that my best trait is my ability to connect with others. I do feel like I have an ability to make others feel comfortable when they are around me. I don’t ever take myself too seriously and have a knack for sensing other people’s moods and personalities. I’m comfortable being vulnerable in front of others and I believe that makes them more comfortable to let their guard down, making conversations easy and more natural.
I’m most proud of my ability as a mother. I don’t know if many people could take on what I take on every day. Truthfully, sometimes I even have a hard time! It’s not easy, but I’m able to keep laughing when others would yell or cry. I’m thankful for my sense of humour and my ability to recognize what’s worthy of stress.