How Many Years a CREWNY Member?
I love to play softball. Through the game, I have made life long friends, had lots of laughs, and have wonderful memories. As an adult, some highlights include participating in a nationwide adult tournament in Las Vegas (ok it was the black jack as much as the softball that was enjoyable) and playing a game on the field at Shea Stadium. Now, I have the chance to pass that love in watching and coaching my children.
What did you want to be growing up?
When I was four years old, my mother and I got into an argument about what I should wear. I won the argument. My mother said 'you should be a lawyer.' I asked what a lawyer was. She explained that a lawyer gets paid to argue. From that moment on, I wanted to be a lawyer. Now, I get to use the negotiation/argument skills that I began honing at four years old, every day.
What have you learned about yourself over the past year?
The pandemic made me realize that my work/life balance needed to be readjusted. I thought I had struck a good balance between work and home commitments. When we all were in lockdown and, for example, I was home for dinner every night (as opposed to late nights in the office, business meetings or Chamber of Commerce events, pre-pandemic), I saw how much it meant to all of us. As I begin to return to a more 'normal' work schedule, I have made it a priority to be home more, even if it means working at night when everyone else is tucked in.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Work and business are all about relationships. Who you work with, whether its a client, colleague, or employee, is the only thing that matters. If you have trusted relationships with good people, you will always be of service and be grateful.