COM0014 – Blog #5 A Brand New Me

Who am I? At first glance, it’s a simple looking question and seems just as simple to answer, but not so much.  I believe that every day I am changing through new experiences, knowledge and like a fine red wine I only get better with age.  I spent much of my younger generation trying to find myself because I was adopted but as I aged I realized that I needed to invent myself, I was a clean slate that could be and do anything I wanted.

Fast forward 40 years, I own 3 successful businesses and am now semi retired.  People often tell me that I need to learn the word “No”, yes I tend to take on too much and I set my standards quite high but I enjoy seeing what I can do.  My greatest strengths are my creativity, drive and leadership, I thrives on challenges and work well under pressure. It has been often commented on
that I know how to put people at ease and am always willing to lend a hand.  The one thing that I am most proud of is that I work with my husband, son and daughter, and every weekend we still all get to just be a family.  Learning to keep things separate has made us a very strong unit.

Some of my personal traits have made me a successful business owner, I believe that if I didn’t have drive I would have been happy working for someone else, if I didn’t have a vision I wouldn’t be happy with where I am, and if I didn’t have strength I would still be trying to find myself.

Recently I lost my dad, for many years I thought his love for me was less than what he felt for his biological children, he was always so much harder on me.  As it turns out he loved me more but in a different way, he said I was the strong one that could be counted on, my heart was big enough to love all things and that I had the ability to see the good in everyone.  I can only hope that others see me the way he did because I sound like a really good person.

Favorite picture of my dad teaching my son to fish

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