Lisa Ann, 35
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Human Resources Generalist, American National Insurance
Charity: The Springfield Dream Center
The reality is there is more than one beautiful woman in my life, even when I was young. My grandma Wiltshire, my mother, my sister and a handful of others. I have always been in awe of my grandma Wiltshire’s inner strength and beauty. She’s been a strong foundation for many in my family and has shown us that what happens around us doesn’t need to change what’s in us. She’s made sure that regardless of the path life takes her down, those around her know that God always provides and faith can be everything. Both my grandma Wiltshire and my mother have always led by example for the importance of showing up every day and working hard to reach your goals. They will sacrifice everything for those they love and have never wavered on the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of ourselves or others.
Being beautiful means to be yourself and happy with who you are becoming. Comparing yourself to others will cause you to regret what you aren’t rather than to enjoy everything you are. Focus on the joy and the happiness that is within you instead of placing it just outside your reach. Don’t let the unhealthy habit of comparison rob you of gratitude, joy and fulfillment or prevent you from living your life because you’re trying to live someone else’s. When you love who you are and are content in your journey, it’s usually contagious.
I very much enjoy solitude. My friends may not see me that way, but I’m very much an introvert, requiring time alone to recharge. Sometimes I am reserved and quiet, but it’s usually for no reason. Being outgoing is a learned skill, and sometimes I just fall back into the habit of being the observer in the room.
My family, friends, colleagues and people in the community. We have a lot of heart and compassion in the area. I find it energizing to meet and be around so many people that want to restore hope in others.
Nature. I love to go to the lake, kayak, hike or just be active outside. It’s the best way to disconnect and recharge.
Mental health and the importance of self-care. Depression and anxiety do not discriminate, and we continue to see devastation and heartbreak as the rates for these things continue to increase. I think it takes all of us to create a better tomorrow, show others they matter and how important self-care can be. We need more awareness surrounding how to start tough conversations with those we love and the resources that are available in our community. We have amazing agencies like Borrow My Angel, Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Crisis Help Line that supply free resources. Many aren’t aware that they can text the Crisis Help Line at 741741 when they are feeling depressed or suicidal and someone will text back with them immediately. Just because there are times we feel alone in our journey doesn’t mean that we are alone in the journey.
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