Viviana Writer, 40
Lives in: Springfield, MO
Director of Business Development; Marketing with Enterprise Commercial Group
Charity: The Rebound Foundation
Princess Diana will always be one of the most beautiful women in history, in my opinion. She was a lovely, classic beauty. I admired her charity work and wanted to be just like her. She had a kind smile and seemed to care about the people she helped genuinely. That made her the most beautiful woman in my mind.
Beauty is in the love you have for yourself. If you treat yourself well and see the good in everything, especially yourself, then you radiate beauty.
I was bilingual as a child. Although I have forgotten most of it, I can read the entire Taco Bell menu and I understand Dora the Explorer. I would like to learn Spanish again and take mission trips to South America in the future.
My most significant source of inspiration is my two children. Drew is 16 and has low functioning autism and Mya is 18, looks like my twin and is starting college this fall. They inspire me to find the happiness in every day (jokes, dancing, singing), to be flexible but never give up and slow down enough to enjoy the moment. I also receive inspiration from the women in my life who empower, support and make me laugh daily. God inspires me to love all people.
I find beauty all over 417-land in the historic architecture, artwork, murals and the sculptures scattered all around town.
I believe domestic violence is the biggest challenge we are facing right now. Domestic violence is widespread across all demographics and classes. It’s in violent assaults, verbal abuse and the emotional abuse of women and children in 417-land. Our friends, family and neighbors are victims. We all know someone affected or maybe we were in an abusive relationship ourselves. It affects the quality of life in a community as a whole, not just the victims. Violence prevention education is vital to stop this epidemic. Harsher punishment of first-time offenders, a database for repeat abusers and resources for victims to be able to escape quickly and safely. If we can stop this at the youngest level then I believe we can save thousands from becoming victims or abusers. Domestic violence cannot be solved overnight. We must provide resources and a safe environment to help victims rebuild what they’ve lost.
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