The majority of my life has been lived in the beautiful city of Huntington Beach, California, which is officially known as ‘Surf City’ where we host the US Open Surfing competition each summer. When I was five years old, my parents bought their home, where my mom still resides today. I’m the oldest of five, having three brothers and a sister. Some of the things most meaningful things to me during my formative years, was attending a parochial school in the next town over, where I developed life long friends and memories. To this day, I still meet up with a dozen or so, of my classmates during the holiday season and special occasions. One of my passions was shooting the basketball everyday, since I was six years old…..for a couple hours a day, perfecting my skill. I remember ‘graduating’ myself from the kiddy hoops up to the full size hoops. It took me a while to adjust to the new height, but the task was accomplished. From what I’ve been told, I may still hold the record for the most points scored in a game, during 8th grade.
Although I’ve lived in Huntington Beach most of my life, I spent the better part of the year in Tehran, Iran, when I was three years old. This was my father’s home and his family lived there. Although I don’t recall anything from that experience, it is an interesting fact of my life, and my family history is even more interesting, but that will be saved for a personal conversation. I must say that Persian food is one of my favorite foods, and I can make a few dishes myself. Circumstances brought us back to the States, for which I’m very glad. My father was very proud to become an American citizen, and America was his home…….until 1999, when heaven became his new abode. I miss him and look forward to being together again, someday.
I enjoyed my high school years, having gone from a graduating 8th grade class of about 24 students, to over 1100 students in my graduating class. After competing in sports throughout 5th to 8th grade, it was surprising that there were no competitive sports when I arrived at Edison High School. Was I ever glad that Varsity sports for girls arrived when I was in 10th grade! For the next three years, I played Varsity field hockey (left wing), Varsity basketball and one year of Varsity Volleyball. As you can probably surmise, I loved competition!
Not sure about a career track, I worked various jobs which gave me a lot of different experiences and skills. Eventually, I went back to college and studied Nursing, putting my heart and soul into my studies. I was chosen to be the rep for my class to the Nursing Convention in New Orleans, and served as the publicity director for the department. All of these experiences and memories have enriched my life. As it turned out, I got married after the first year of my BSN program, took a semester off, and never returned.
One of my life’s most significant blessings, is being the mother of six wonderful children. The years pass quickly, and all of them are young adults except for my youngest. I have two daughters and four sons……Cherise, Bryce, Taylor, Casey, Alexandra and Braydon. There are nine years between the oldest and youngest, and Braydon is 16. For 15 years, I had the privilege of home educating my children and watching them learn, grow and experience life. I wouldn’t trade any of the memories for anything else. Some of the best times, were spent sitting on the couch, reading great books together. As my children got older, I enjoyed watching my children compete in the sports they loved, which included football, wrestling, cross country and softball. Of course, living in a beach town, we spent many warm summer days at the beach.
For the past six years, I have been in a major life transition, becoming a single mom and entering the job market. For the first time, I regretted not completing nursing school and having a career to fall back on. But, during the past 20 years or so, I had discovered Og Mandino, John Maxwell, network marketing………which lit the ‘entrepreneur fire’ inside. How can you ever explain that to someone who can’t relate? I’ve made personal gains but not the professional gains I had desired. In my situation, I chose not to work multiple jobs around the clock, and miss the last years I would have with my children. I would rather sacrifice money than time with my kids. I was always at their games, tourneys, etc., to share their victories and losses with them.
Today, I’m grateful to be on a journey, which is a continuation of the ‘journey of my life.’ I believe that all the things I’ve experienced in years past, have prepared me for the journey ahead. As they say, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher appears!’ It’s all a blur, but I’m grateful that somehow……..I can’t remember how, but I ended up watching a youtube video of Mark Januszewski. It must have made a good impression on me (or should I say my ‘subby’ since it is the one who makes all the decisions!) because I have watched and saved every video I could find on YouTube of Mark! What Mark said, ‘rang true’ with me, and I related to his experiences in the industry. One thing led to another, and here I am, on this Master Key Mastermind Alliance journey with many other fellow companions on the same journey together! I don’t know what’s ahead, but I am heading in the right direction, with the right people, for the right reasons and I’m pretty darn excited!