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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Taking challenges in stride

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Taking challenges in stride

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Q: Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
A: Based on my short-terms goals I would have to say yes. I am very thankful to God for where I am today, although there are things that I am still working to accomplish since there is always room for improvement.
Q: What is your biggest professional challenge?
A: My biggest professional challenge is learning to let go, as I tend to want to do everything a particular way and I am used to believing that the best way to get something done is to do it yourself. However, I am changing my mindset on that as I learn to depend on others and give them the opportunity to assist where they should and trust persons to do what they are required to do. I am learning to release and to do so without trepidation, acknowledging I cannot do everything on my own.
Q: What is your biggest life challenge?
A: While I have faced numerous challenges in my life I can’t single out one in particular. What I can say is that the most important thing to me is the lessons I learnt from the challenges. I have learnt that challenges make you stronger, they build character and increase your faith.
Q: When you look to the future what do you see?
A: Prosperity and success both professionally and personally. 
Q: What is your favourite pastime?
A: I enjoy swimming and just simply relaxing at the beach. I don’t get the time to do this as often as I used to in the past but I love the beach. We definitely have the most beautiful beaches here in Barbados and I enjoy the tranquility that the beach offers.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: I love pasta dishes, chicken-stuffed cannelloni is definitely my favourite meal. 
Q: On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
A: I am likely to be relaxing with my husband at home or at the movies. 
Q: What upsets you the most?
A: Callousness. I believe that we need to be our brother’s keeper we should not see each other hurting or suffering and just turn our backs when we can do something about it. We should improve the lives of others where we can whether financially, socially, emotional or otherwise but we have to be sensitive to the needs of others.
Q: What is your guiding philosophy?
A: Philippians 4:13: “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” This was my guiding philosophy from my teenage years and it reminds me not to give up that nothing is too hard to accomplish once Christ is involved.
Q: If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day what would you do?
A: I would declare a national day of prayer and fasting which would be scheduled once annually.I would convene a brainstorming meeting with politicians from both parties as well as the different social partners to discuss all the ills plaguing our country and try to find some resolutions.