» Books on her nightstand: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which is about a black woman from Maryland whose cancer cells changed the course of history. I’m also reading The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters, a classic Peter Block book about empowerment.
» iPod music on repeat: I love anything that tells a story, and that crosses everything from rock to country, jazz to rap, and even Broadway.
» Restaurant of the hour: Margaret Kuo’s in Wayne.
» Personal hero: My husband is my personal hero. He’s a war veteran and a cancer survivor who’s remade his life several times over.
» One thing she knows for sure: There’s a quote from Carlos Castaneda: “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
» Very own vici: Completing my doctorate in human and organizational systems. I’m also proud of the fact that, when I transitioned into the position of president of Take Charge Consultants, the company was growing at a rate of 30 percent each year.
» Zen destination: Thailand.
» If she had an extra hour each day, she would: I should say that I’d exercise more but, more likely, I’d spend it with family and friends.
» Life view: chance or fate? Fate plays a big part, but where you’re born can make a difference in the opportunities available to you.
» Pet peeve: People who waste time while you’re waiting in line.
» Most marked characteristics: Optimism and my sense of humor.
» Quality she admires most in others: Authenticity.
» Mantra: Live every moment to the fullest.
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