FACES OF NADG
There was once a stubborn, hard-headed, little girl who loved candy.
Of course, it was me. I was a bad patient with lots of cavities. Our dentist was a family friend. He would bribe me with toys and puzzles to make me sit still in his chair. I do, though, remember being mesmerized watching a beautiful butterfly come out of its cocoon while the dentist performed an extraction.
What makes me uniquely me? As my mother’s only child and the youngest of my dad’s five children I have seen and lived a life filled with drama, loss, love, and laughter. Being raised by a single mother forced me to grow up faster than most. When my mom was working, in school, or just out, I learned at an early age to be independent, strong, spiritual, and responsible for myself.
Those who know me know I do not like talking about myself. So, why did I agree to write this piece ABOUT MYSELF? Trust me, I asked myself the same question over and over as I wondered: What can I possibly share?
This is the motto I was raised on by my awesome family. The greater good in this is once everyone around you embodies the true heart of being a leader, we do not need one to guide us through the path of righteousness.
Many may not see the artistic connection between my previous career as a project manager in real estate development, and now as an orthodontist, but for me, the connection makes perfect sense.