Where did you get your creative DNA from?
I’m a big believer that creativity flourishes from constraint. I grew up in the countryside of rural southwest Louisiana. No cable TV, not bike friendly, few “neighbors”, no internet or cell phones in those days. I had a lot of time on my hands and a lot of space to be creative. So I made up games and had to be creative with materials on hand. It wasn’t like you could walk to the corner store. I had a subscription to National Geographic, a set of the encyclopedia Britannica, a horse, lots of pets, two younger brothers and a lot of freedom for unstructured play. You had to be creative!
What’s been your proudest moment?
There are two. The moments each of my children were born. I consider being a mother my most important job in life. The values and principles that I model for them would affect not only their lives, but generations to come. This is a big responsibility.
If you could, what words of wisdom would you pass on to your childhood self?
Never conform to the life others have planned for you or to expectations others have for your life. This will never work in in the long run. You must get to know yourself and follow your passions. Search out your own path and when you find it, don’t hesitate. Along your way, approach every person or experience you have with an open mind. You’ll be surprised at where the most impressionable moments come from.