Jennifer Miller, 33
Lives in: Republic, MO
Human Resource Manager, Family Medical Walk-In Clinic; Founder, Team A.N.A. 417
Charity: Team A.N.A. 417
My mom! I have always thought that and always will. When I was younger, I always envied her for her happy personality, contagious smile and her skill for multitasking. Now that I am grown, her beauty shines through in so many other ways. My mom was a school teacher and then stayed home to raise me and my four brothers. I praise any man or woman who stays home to raise their babies. That job is no joke, and there is never a clock out time. It is round-the-clock work; rain or shine, sick or not. Being a mom now myself, I can better understand my mom’s own sacrifices to raise good, honest kids, and that makes her even more beautiful to me.
Be nice to yourself. I always have and always will tell my little girls that. Life is going to come at you, and it is going to come at you hard. Some days harder than others. Through it all, don’t forget about what makes you, you. What you see in the mirror isn’t what makes you beautiful. Resilience, grit, faith and love are what make you beautiful.
I am a huge healthy food advocate, and love to run, but I have a slight addiction to my La-Z-Boy chair, heating pad, pizza, craft beer and Live PD. Combine all of that into one day, and, well, that is pretty much perfect!
Family. I have been blessed beyond measures to have a big supportive family. All their grace and generosity inspires me each and every day. My father is a physician and an entrepreneur and has done amazing things in this community to bring in and provide affordable healthcare for nearly 22 years. His vision for innovative healthcare is and always has been inspiring to me. I love learning from him and talking to him about life. Every conversation I have with him leaves me with the feeling that I can change the world. Now I know that isn’t realistic, but I sure can try!
My husband is also a huge source of inspiration to me; he has taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. He taught me the power of communication and taught me to make myself vulnerable if something is important to me. Without his guidance, I don’t know if I would have ever found such grace in what had happened to me at the age of 22. He has been my rock and inspires me every day.
The pavement. Sounds odd I know, but I am a big runner, and every day that I go out for a run, I look for new concrete being poured. Two reasons: new places to explore and more ground giving me the opportunity to cover it. God’s country and our local economy are truly gifts, and I am thankful for every day that I get to live in it.
A challenge that 417-land is facing right now is space. It’s a good thing because 417-land is growing, but it can also turn into a negative if we grow so big that the place so many of us call home turns into something different than it once was. New housing developments and commercial property are popping up on every corner monthly, if not weekly. I think we as a community, really need to push 417-land’s mission and keep it top of mind for those who currently live in 417 and for those who are moving into the area. We could create social media campaigns, hang signs around our community, print it in our publications, include it on our restaurant menus, wrap it on our police cars, etc. Get people excited! The biggest thing is creating awareness and then keeping it top of mind.
Get to know our 10 Most Beautiful even better. Then, watch them walk the runway at 417 Magazine's Indulge on October 3 at Oasis Hotel and Convention Center.