Hello! This is my story.
I have worked in the Interior Design field for over thirty years after graduating from CSU Sacramento. Currently, I work for a small Architectural Firm in Seattle, Washington. I love working and collaborating with a team to create space, whether it is within my office or with the greater team we work with on projects. When I am not working, I like to walk, do yoga, paint, meditate, and spend time with family and friends.
I was born in California and have lived in various places within California, but the majority of that time was in Sacramento. I moved to Seattle twenty-three years ago and now live thirty miles east of downtown Seattle snuggled in the mountains. Some of my family followed me here several years ago, but as an Auntie, I am glad they did, as I have three nieces and great-nieces and great-nephews that have my heart.
I decided to become a coach to start establishing another means of income that I can sustain for a long time to come. I believe creating a thoughtful and inspiring space for people to live and work in is important, but I wanted to do something that helped people on a more personal level.
I asked for a meaningful way to give back and then I received an email with the opportunity to be a coach with the GEM program. I have worked in a male-dominated field for several decades and know how hard it still is for a woman working within it. I am looking forward to working with young women through this program to help them find and create their foundation so they can count on it moving forward to use their voice, their knowledge, and talent to create, influence, and contribute to this world.
What inspires me...
My biggest challenge has been coming to understand the importance of time, how I spend it, who I spend it with, and what I spend it on. There have been many experiences that have helped me understand this, but nothing made me understand it more clearly than losing my stepson at the age of twenty. All those weekends I spent at work thinking I had decades to spend with him - I cannot get back. I have learned to balance where and who I spend time with and I make sure the people I care about know how much I care about them.