Paving these new roads is simultaneously exciting and exhausting labor. However, keep in mind that change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end. If the City of Cleveland can go from “The Mistake on the Lake” to “Believeland,” I have no doubt in my mind that the City of Mansfield can change its perception as “Danger City” to “Dreamfield” in the not too distant future.
Growing up, I was very sheltered. At eighteen, I decided that my life was to include going to college then graduate school, have a career, a husband, a house, and kids. I found myself feeling fairly prepared for my upcoming life that included being a United States Senator by the time I was 35. From there, I assumed that everything else would just fall into place. That was going to be my story. But it didn’t happen that way. Not at all. I was told I could achieve anything I…read more
“I want to be a secretary like my mom.” As a child, that was my response every time someone had asked what I wanted my future career to be. Like many children, I aspired for my life to reflect those around me… after all, that was what I knew. Whether I lacked creativity, bravery or just knowledge, I never imagined a career outside of the walls I had grown up with. Even in high school, after a tragedy struck my family, I was surrounded by local advocates and I…read more
I happen to be a female. I had a 50% chance of being born that way and the majority of the time that’s my only thought about the fact that I am a female. That might sound odd, but I was raised by parents who told me I could do anything that I decided to do, and the fact that I am a female never entered into the conversation. Using my talents and doing good were the ideas we focused on. So, it stands to reason that I spend little…read more
I have always wanted to be a doctor. Looking back, I realize what an incredible blessing it was to know I would be a doctor. It set a vision in my mind that had no other alternative! I would be a doctor. Now I realize that having that vision so young created a mindset that would allow me to focus and get it done. Fast forward a few years. Life finds ways of repeating patterns. What fascinates me on this life journey is how we can learn and grow if…read more
When asked to write a blog on Innovation/Innovator, my first thought was how does Webster’s define it? Innovation: noun | in·no·va·tion | ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən: A new method, idea, product, etc. Innovator: A person who introduces new methods, ideas, products, etc. or makes changes in anything already established. After thinking about this I would like to share a little bit of my story of being an innovator and an entrepreneur. All companies start from either a great idea or a necessity. Innovator and entrepreneur–Global Medical Foam, Inc. is a bit of both. My terminally ill husband had…read more
During a quick trip to Target over the holiday, I ran into an old friend of whom I hadn’t spoken in years. Her life had taken huge unexpected turns and she shared some of the challenges. As we chatted, in that whirlwind way you do—when you have too much to say and not enough time to visit—she casually mentioned, “You’ve always said that ‘everyone has a story’”. We wrapped up our chat with a hug and a promise to reconnect soon. As I finished my shopping, her words kept bouncing around in my mind. Everyone…read more
In March of 2013 Facebook COO Sheryl Sandburg’s much anticipated book, Lean In, hit bookstore shelves. I’d followed the buzz and clamored to the bookstore to get my copy right away. I was hoping that this highly successful woman would have the insight I needed, but alas I was underwhelmed. In the end I forged my own path and I decided to Lean Out. Our workplaces are broken Sandburg did quote statistics most women already know about the inequities in the workplace, and struggles that women face. She did share some…read more