Sneakers, Flats, Flip-Flops, or Pumps? Pumps…which actually may be flats now that I’m a new momma
WHAT IS YOUR DAY JOB? I’m a research administrator for a Translational Research Center at UC Irvine where we focus on speeding up the process of getting new discoveries to patients, we catch phrase it “From Lab to Life”. Essentially we work with researchers to help them to make the research endeavor an easier process for them and to help with any obstacles that come their way. Many times there are lab discoveries that can “sit” in the lab for years and not be put into practice in the clinics to help patients.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE? Honestly, I tell my husband my goals/objectives to keep myself accountable. Now that I have a family and a new little one at home it gets hard to hold myself to goals when everyday life gets in the way or excuses become easier. Talking with my husband allows me to hear myself commit to the new task but also provides another person who knows I want to achieve something. Ultimately the accountability is on me, but having my husband by my side cheering me on really helps 🙂
WHAT FUELS YOU TO TAKE ACTION? I have a new fuel to my life, my little baby girl. She is the biggest reason for me to be the best person I can be.
HOW DO YOU INSPIRE PROGRESS IN OTHERS? I feel that we should live by example. If we want others to work hard, we should be the example. I am a huge proponent in wanting success for the people around me. If we’re always a positive person it may inspire the people around us also.
TELL US ABOUT A GAME-CHANGING, INFLUENTIAL MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE: Becoming a mother (aside from becoming a wife) is probably the most influential moments I will have in my lifetime. It’s an amazing yet daunting feeling. From the moment you hold the little bundle of joy in your arms your priorities have shifted. You are now responsible for this precious little child and your goal is to keep them healthy and growing strong. For me, the moment brought to light that I want to live the way I would want my little girl to live, to be a strong woman who is kind and loving to others.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? ASSUMING YOU HAVE FREE TIME! My free time…which has currently been inhabited by a newborn baby…is spent with my husband. We love to be outdoors. I drag him out for running marathons and he drags me out for cycling. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to just walk around Disneyland with my husband and chat…which will now be replaced with chasing a little around Disneyland and not so much chatting 😉