Who Changed The Course Of Your Life?

Have you had a certain person in your life affect you in a way that led you to do what you’re doing today?

I’m sure that most of us can immediately recall that particular moment when someone did or said something that changed the course of our lives.

For me, the people who crossed paths with me who made an impact in my life includes teachers. The first time a teacher made a huge effect on me was Mrs. Casey in the fourth grade.

It was my second year in the United States school system and I was still trying to perfect my English. I watched T.V. in English, spoke to kids as much as I could and took homework very seriously because I wanted to be able to better communicate with others.

My mother kept requesting I be placed into all English classes because she believed that I was ready. She also believed that the best way to learn English faster was to be completely integrated into English only classes. And she was right.

But the school didn’t think so. I remember Mrs. Casey took it upon herself to give me the test that kids had to take to be considered to move out of what they called back then the English as a Second Language (ESL) program because the school didn’t want to try.

So, when I passed that test and Mrs. Casey went to vouch for me to the principal and I was moved to an all English class. That changed my experience learning English. I learned a lot more of it much faster than the kids I’d been in ESL classes with and I always enjoyed English classes during my educational career. Continue reading “Who Changed The Course Of Your Life?”

Is Your Story Worth Sharing?

Sometimes we go through life not realizing that we have amazing stories that can help others.

That was me. I was recently reminded that my story matters. This happend when I was speaking to Ange Wilcock regarding amazing women and what they’ve done. 

Ange had been seeking out women to tell their stories and I responded not expecting my story to catch her attention. But, it did.

So, she invited me to be a guest on her podcast and vióola! The result is a 30 minute conversation about growing up in a rough environment, enlisting in the military and dealing with post-military life facing serious challenges.

One of those challenges allowed me to discover what I truly want to do for the rest of my life. 

I’ve been working since I was 14 (althought I had a chocolate sales job at the age of 10). And throughout all those years, I believed that if I went to college and worked hard, I’d have a great career and a meaningful life. Continue reading “Is Your Story Worth Sharing?”

Should Teachers Resemble Their Students?

I recently read about the importance of representation from a networking group I belong to.

An anesthesiologist (I’ll call her Mary) had a six-year-old patient (let’s call her Jessica) – a little girl who was about to go into surgery. Mary was assessing her to make sure everything she needed to know was accurate to treat her during the surgery.

As Mary sat next to Jessica, a nurse came by and greeted Mary. As they made small talk about Mary’s daughter, Jessica interrupted to say, “you can’t be a mom and be an anesthesia lady”.

Mary and the nurse were taken by surprise. To think that a child had already created this limitation in her head without anyone having told her to do so was astonishing!

Mary calmly told her that indeed, she was a Mommy and an anesthesiologist. She pulled up pictures of her daughter on her smartphone and explained to her little patient that women could be anything and still be Moms. Continue reading “Should Teachers Resemble Their Students?”