10 Most Beautiful 2012
Meet the 20 women who were chosen as finalists to compete in the 417 Magazine 10 Most Beautiful Women contest.
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Tammy Neil, 42
Occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor
Family: Husband Greg Payne, 18-year-old Adrienna, 17-year-old Makenzie, 9-year-old Bradley, 1-year-old Laken
What is your charity of choice, and why is it important to you?
Thompson Foundation for Autism
What do you think makes a woman beautiful?
God created each of us just exactly the way He wanted us, so it’s hard not to feel beautiful when you keep that in mind. I believe self-confidence, humility and a kind heart makes a woman beautiful.
Why do you think you’re a 10 Most Beautiful Women finalist?
Because my husband thought I should be. I have taken pride in my family, education and business sense. I believe God has allowed me to be successful, and I enjoy giving back.
Do you volunteer, or are you involved in any philanthropic or community organizations?
Community Support Services: We provide homes and care for adults who are developmentally disabled. I have served as a member of the board of directors for seven years, served as past president, and have acted as an advisor on autism.
Counseling: I often provide pro bono counseling services for local law enforcement personnel, as well as many others who would not have been able to get help otherwise. The experience has been especially gratifying following the Joplin tornado of 2011 in that I was able to do a small part in helping the community recover from an unimaginable tragedy.
How are those experiences meaningful to you?
There have been times in my life when I have needed help, and there was always someone to help me, so it feels good to be able to help others. I have learned that just when I start to feel sorry for myself, I look at what someone else is going through in their lives and realize that I have so little to complain about. Seeing progress in an individual who is going through a traumatic event or perhaps a lifelong disability is rewarding. It certainly puts things in perspective!
Tell us what you do for a living:
I am a licensed professional counselor
What has been your proudest moment?
One of my personal goals that I have achieved is to fly solo as part of my pilot training. However, I am most proud of my four children and that I have their love and respect. I am crazy in love with them. I am so proud of each one and feel so very blessed to be their mother!
What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?
I have ADHD. Going to college for 10 years, sitting still, paying attention… what I was I saying? Oh yeah, well, it was tough at times!
What are three words that describe you?
Compassionate, loyal, silly.
What’s your favorite feature about yourself?
My inherent affection for my children. Through my counseling practice, I have seen some horrible and sad deterioration of bonds between parents and children, and I believe that my relationship with my own children is strong enough to weather any crisis.
When you were a child, who did you think was the most beautiful woman?
Not any famous person. I remember thinking that a woman from my church named Priscilla was beautiful. She was the sweetest woman who always smiled and never uttered a bad word about anyone.
What’s your favorite source of inspiration?
The Bible. A few years ago, I read the Bible all the way through in chronological order, and it was a wonderful and enlightening experience. It gives me guidance on how to live and raise my children and how to be a Godly wife.
What advice would you give to a young girl about being beautiful?
Beauty is something that truly does come from within. Beauty is certainly not just about physical appearance and does not need to meet anyone’s expectations other than your own. It is about taking care of yourself physically, mentally and spiritually. It is about being loyal and honest, having dignity, and having empathy for others. A beautiful girl is one with a sweet spirit and is not judgmental.
What are your favorite ways to spend a day off?
With my husband and children at the lake with no phones!
What is your most prized possession?
Photos and notes from my husband and children. I love going back and reading notes each one has given me throughout the years.
What is your Facebook status right now?
Believe it or not, I have been able to successfully avoid Facebook and do not regret it in the least.
If you could have one talent that you don’t currently have, what would it be?
I wish I could play the piano like John Tesh or Elton John. When I play a song, it never seems to sound like theirs!
What’s something that might surprise us about you, or a story you love to tell?
Ringo Starr came to my 30th birthday party.
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