How many years as a CREWNY member?
I’m a yoga teacher and just completed a course, Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery with Veterans Yoga Project, which is a clinically-tested yoga program that was developed specifically for Veterans recovering from PTSD.
Tell us about a significant challenge you faced, how you overcame it, and what you learned:
I began my career as a high school Health and Physical Education teacher and taught for several years in Ohio. After moving to the East Coast during the height of the recession, I wasn’t able to find a teaching position, so I needed to pivot. It was extremely overwhelming stepping into the design-build world and feeling like I had so much to learn and catch up on. I learned to rely on my teaching skills and creativity to keep moving forward, which I’m still doing today.
What advice would you give on how to achieve work/life balance?
I had an opportunity to have a wonderful mentor in SMPS New York when I started in Business Development. He reminded me of the Arianna Huffington quote that “No is a complete sentence” and encouraged editing out all work and personal activities that I’m not passionate about. I’ve taken that to heart and often try to combine the things I love to do with work as well, especially volunteering.
What have you learned about yourself over the past year?
This past year has been challenging, no doubt about it, but I really embraced the power of networking. Everyone has been so open to connecting in a real, honest way. The opportunities, support, and friendships that have come from this year have genuinely changed the way I look at this industry and how I see my life moving forward.