Everyone has their world. We all have different paths that we walk. My path has not always been easy. As I look back now I realize that it was all for a reason. I believe I have a purpose and I am here to live it out. I ask the universe how it needs me and I always get an answer. This may sound a little hairy-fairy but it is the truth in my world.
I believe that I am here to love, give, connect others, pay it forward, empathize, be compassionate, share and live my life in total authenticity and integrity.
There was a point in my life when I was a single parent. I left an abusive situation with 3 children. I was scared to death. I needed help and unfortunately there was no one there. Later in life, I decided to help other mothers and women that needed a second chance. Little did I know what the world had in store for me. This situation led me to be the founder of Dress for Success Denver, an organization that helps women in Denver return to work with the appropriate attire for their job interviews. After 4 years of running this organization, I wanted to see where my expertise in nonprofit start-up would be needed next. My Confidence Builds. I feel I can accomplish anything.
I was asked to work with the Denver Design Incubator to help designers with the skills needed to run successful businesses. This organization is becoming a connection for designers to bring fashion to the Denver forefront. I Feel Self Worth. Working with the Fashion Association of Denver, has made me very passionate about Denver’s amazing fashion industry. Helping Others. So you see – the series of events that happened in life set me on a path of giving back. I am grateful everyday for that wake-up call!
The next steps just kept coming. Being a part of the Denver Women’s Commission for 2 years, has been quite a new direction for me. I have enjoyed learning about what this commission does for women and girls in Denver. Giving Back.
My new project is running the Denver Pay it Forward Movement. This program raises money and distributes bracelets that remind people to be kind. I truly believe that kindness is simple, free, and goes a long way! Everything comes full circle.
Today I am a radio host for Pay it Forward Radio, as well as Fashion Forward Radio. I absolutely love having the opportunity to interview people that are doing amazing things in their communities, and speaking with fashionistas all over the world! I hope to inspire my audiences with first-rate broadcasting on my radio programs and someday have a presence on television. Living my Truth.
The Ah-Ha Moment
After living in Seattle for 30 years, my husband and I moved to Bangkok, Thailand. We stayed in Thailand for 4 years, and this experience changed my life and opened my eyes in so many ways! I used to watch the Thai’s leave their shanty or lean-to homes for the bus stop every morning, skipping and laughing and having fun. One morning I asked my driver to pull over. I asked the Thai workers, “Why are you so happy? I see you every day on your way to the bus stop and you seem to not have a care in the world. As I look at your homes, it seems as though you don’t have very much.” One of the young men stepped forward and replied, “Madam, you must know that we have all we need. We have homes, food, jobs, education, and our families. What else is there? This is what makes us happy.”
This spark of wisdom began my journey to do everything I can to make the world a better place and share what I know with others. We don’t need may many material things – we need the basics, as the young Thai man described. We need to care about each other in our world and make a point to be kind. Being kind is free! Everyone needs a little tenderness from others – go ahead try it and see how you feel. I know how I feel and I want others to have that same feeling sometime in their life.