"I am a 40-something empty nester. After experiencing a tough five-year period that I call the purification of D (me) and H (my husband), I learned the meaning of inner peace, surrender and faith. Who knew that your biggest learning period is in your 40s? I'm overjoyed and excited at the new secrets of life that reveal themselves every day now."
What is your favorite OWN show?
"Super Soul Sunday." I call it church on my couch. Always uplifting and enlightening, I keep my book of quotes next to me and share all the lessons on Facebook and through text messages to my children.
What are your three favorite things?
My three favorite things are the ocean, laughing and my hammock.
What would your superpower be?
My superpower would be to make a person feel loved with the wave of my hand.
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
When I wake up, I say thank you and meditate.
What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
Before I go to bed, I tell my husband I love him.
What is the one item you can't live without, and why?
My smartphone. No journal? I'd journal on my phone. No computer? I'd Skype my children from my phone. Can't drive to see my mom? I can call, email, text or Skype her from my phone. Stuck in traffic during an important meeting? Cisco WebEx Meetings on my phone. Missing my Dad? I can reminisce while looking at his pictures on my phone. Lost? Google Maps on my phone. Etc, etc, etc.
What do you like that most people dislike?
Pinching pimples...yes, I know...
What are you proudest of?
I'm proudest of never being afraid to tell my children that I was wrong, why I was wrong and what I'd do differently (even when they were as young as 5). They're better for it, have matured beyond their years and reference my mistakes as they avoid the same mistakes themselves. I raised beautiful human beings!
Who is your hero?
I have many people that I greatly admire, and one of them is Malala Yousafzai. What a courageous little girl!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is when people crack their gum!!!
What would you like to learn to do?
I would like to learn to speak Spanish fluently and have a long conversation with my grandmother-in-law. She always has so much to tell me, and half of it is lost in translation. It's a shame because she is a fascinating curandera with so much knowledge of herbs and nature to pass down.
What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about?
Singing. It's pretty awful, but croon I do at the top of my lungs.