Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am a Realtor who loves to work with heroes (military, fire, police, teachers and others in the education field, health care providers) and a community builder of an online (and in person!) international community for individuals who are living outside of their passport countries. I am currently working on obtaining my Nebraska real estate license (I also have a real estate team in Northern Virginia). For my international community, I Am A Triangle, I am working on growing our network so that we can begin introducing micro community volunteer opportunities for our members. I have three children, am married to someone who pushes and celebrates me daily and the owner of a lot of four-leggeds! I love sending handwritten cards, camping, wine and live music!
How would you define your professional mission?
My professional mission is one in the same with my personal mission: I am a community builder who leads with integrity and grace. I believe in the display of quiet power and fight fiercely for kindness and collaboration. I seek out opportunities to celebrate, lift up, promote and honor those who are world changers. I act as a staircase of change and encourage others to take the next step. I will be remembered as a community builder who assists families to thrive and flourish in the communities where they live.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
I hope to leave a legacy of having mattered. I want to leave a legacy where individuals can point to areas of their lives that were made better because of my work, influence and connection with them. I also hope to truly leave a legacy of families that thrived in their communities (locally through my real estate work and globally through my support network) and then went on to do wonderful things in the world.
Who are your role models?
Still living: Sallie Krawcheck! ;) Also: Cleo Wade, Brene Brown, Nilofer Merchant, Annie Griffiths - I have so many women I look up to! No longer living: My grandfather, the great Maya Angelou
What is your morning ritual?
My morning ritual has changed over the years, and now with my children (the ones still at home) old enough to rise on their own, I am able to design an ideal morning. My alarm clock goes off at 5:30am and I spend some time just laying in bed. Some mornings I practice gratitude, other mornings I set intentions for the day. The next 30 minutes includes some reading, tending to the animals, some stretching and two big glasses of water. I do my best to keep my phone turned off until 8am. From 6-7am I focus on the littles - prepping breakfast, packing lunches, chit-chatting and we almost always have music playing. I also use this time to catch up on laundry and dishes. I then drive them to school - even though there is bus service, we find that's some really great time to continue talking! Then I get started with my day once I return home. I journal, glance at my calendar and top three goals for the day and have some breakfast. Then work-work gets started around 9am!
What is your favorite social media site? Why?
I adore Instagram! I love the way you can create dialogue with other users in the comments and I really enjoy seeing glimpses into other people's lives. I'll admit though that I follow a small number of people on purpose so that I keep my 'social media curtains drawn pretty tight'. This way, I am only interacting with users who are authentic, aren't selling products and who show up the way they are. Those I follow on Instagram make me think, inspire me, make me laugh and are doing amazing things in the world. I used to adore Twitter, but have recently decided to take a Twitter hiatus, which has felt amazing!
What would you say your personal superpower is?
My superpower is deep connection with other humans. I jump into relationships pretty quickly and am able to go deep equally as quickly. This ends up being a bridge to so many things, trust, the opportunity to hear their stories. I love using my superpower to introduce bada$$ women to each other and to help encourage and motivate those that cross my path.
What does success look like to you?
Success to me looks like three things: true connection with my community, having done work / completed projects that my children can be proud of and financial provision for a thriving family life (that enables our goals of charity, travel and freedom).
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Be present with your children as often as you can. It's very easy to miss the small moments because of work, projects and our personal passions. One easy way to do this is to set a few alarms on your phone. Set them as if you were setting your morning alarm clock. Then the extra step is to edit your alarm and name it with intention. For example, I have an alarm that goes off 10 minutes before my children arrive home from the bus. I've named it "Be Present and Hold Space" so that I can intentionally step away from my laptop and my work, and grab a glass of water, before they walk in the door. This allows me to literally be present for them when they walk in the door, ready to listen to how their days went.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I first learned of Ellevate Network because I invest with Ellevest. Soon after, I became an Ellevate Network member and love it so much. Even though I don't have a local chapter, I still obtain amazing inspiration from the content, podcasts, the live sessions, and oh my goodness - my virtual Ellevate Squad is everything! I continue to be a member because as a female business owner, I need other smart and grounded women in my corner, and to learn from.