A self-proclaimed “Idea Woman,” I love all things creative. But I don’t just love those creative endeavors, I act on them.
One of those creative things includes brainstorming with friends or clients. I find it satisfying when passionate conversations turn into and problems solved or options developed.
Writing has been another passion of mine since my early days as a newspaper reporter; it gets my creative juices flowing. Take this blog as an example. Writing posts always leads to learning something new from during some general research, which in turn leads putting that newfound knowledge into action.
I’m also passionate about looking at, analyzing and making art. I graduated from NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where I received a certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisals, and I have had the pleasure of taking a variety of art classes in New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis and Aspen over the years. Yes, art fuels your soul. But I like to take that fuel and use it to rev up my productivity engine. I visit a museum which generates an idea for a marketing campaign. I paint a painting which gives my brain the uninterrupted space I need to formulate a new business strategy or a new product feature. I watch a theatre performance which stimulates my senses and leads to thinking outside the box.
In work, I pride myself on listening first, engaging second and then executing for success. I’m not always successful in this approach, but I try. What I know for sure about me is I can succeed at most anything when I’m genuinely passionate about the subject. When passion is present, I’m like a dog with a bone. My tenacity gets me to the finish line.
In my personal life, I have a loving family and am fortunate to count so many incredible, and diverse, people as really great friends. Many are lifelong friends, having been acquainted with me for over 40 years (gosh I’m getting old!). Most I’ve known for at least 20 years. But some of my new favorites have appeared in my life in just the past five. All are solid.
It’s my faith along with this friendship base that sees me through the trials and tribulations life brings. I envision myself as a friend who’s reliable and sincere ~ someone who truly cares. Ultimately, I hope I bring out the very best in my friends, as they do the same for me.
Mostly, I just love those belly laughs.(Read an earlier post about why I value my friendships here.)