Here’s a little of what you don’t see in the pictures...
When I was a young girl in Illinois, I never could have even dreamed about a life like mine. I would like to acknowledge and thank God for the incredibly good fortune I’ve had. I am blessed with a wonderful, healthy family and a career that has given me the opportunity to experience so many incredible things as well as opened the door to countless opportunities – past, present and future.
My intention behind the creation of this website is to share with you some of the things I've done, some of the things I’m currently up to, and a little of what I’ve learned along the way.
Here’s a little of what you don’t see in the pictures:
A teacher, then the first woman president, then a nuclear physicist, though I wasn’t even sure what a nuclear physicist did. I just knew I wanted to do something different.
Babysitting, working in the cornfields and working in a clothing store in DeKalb – my duties included dusting and refolding shirts after customers came in.
Giving birth to both my children at home in my bed.
Malibu – that’s why we decided to move there. I love hearing the ocean – it is very therapeutic.
Well, every single day is a juggling act: kids, work, exercise and, oh yeah, don't forget the husband! The key for me has been to be very organized, punctual, good at prioritizing, and developing an ability to say "no" sometimes. Modern life stretches us all a little thin.
My goal is to try to be fully present in every moment – to really be connected to whatever it is I'm doing, even if it's waiting for the carpool.
I was fortunate that during my whole life I felt loved unconditionally by my mom. Being a mom now myself has given me the opportunity to share that feeling with my own children. I've always known I wanted to be a mom, but it's even better than I ever could have imagined.
The hardest part of being a mom for me is being unsure about whether I'm making the right parenting decisions: do you let them cry it out at night or not? Start pre-school at 3 or 4? Crawl into bed with us or walk them back to their own room? Make them stick it out with karate lessons or say it's okay to quit? We all try so hard to do everything right because we want the best for our kids. Unfortunately, sometimes there is no right or wrong, which leaves us with our Mother's instinct – and sometimes that's scary!
You wouldn't believe how often I'm asked for advice on how to get started in the modeling industry. I tell everyone the same thing, so here it is:
If you are interested in modeling, take time to research a few agencies in the largest cities near you. Most modeling agencies have one day a week or month where they have an open call. Call the agencies and schedule an appointment. If the first agency tells you "no", keep trying! The first agency I went to wasn't sure about me and they especially wasn't sure about my mole! The agencies will give you the straight talk and let you know the best photographer for a test shoot.
I'm not a big advocate of modeling schools. They will always take your money, even if they don't see any real potential.
Good luck, but also remember that there are a lot of other fulfilling jobs out there and only a tiny percentage of the people that try out for modeling are actually able to earn a living in the business.