Sometimes people inspire you and they don’t even know that they’ve led you to search your soul and discover something new about yourself. You can thank, as I will, Kelby of Type A Mom. Yesterday, we were chatting via email and I mentioned to Kelby that what most people don’t know about me is that I’m shy. Yes, shy. Her response was not only hilarious but challenged me. “You shy? That cracks me UP! You have HEARD of you, right? Do you have any idea who you are? LOL. ”
It made me stop and ponder the question. The answer is, “Yes, I’ve heard of Maria and I know many others have as well, but how many of those people really know me?” Sure people read my bio, they see my Tweets, Avatars and some even read my books. But how many really know who I am? I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words. Thus, I’ve hoped that what I do personifies who I am. But just in case, I’ve decided to open up so you can see some of the soul of Maria Bailey.
- I am shy. It used to pain me to go in a room full of strangers but I taught myself a skill that I practice every time I enter a room with people I don’t know. I’m far more comfortable on a stage in front of 1000 people or on TV than I am at a cocktail party of 10.
- I’m more comfortable in blue jeans, t-shirt, and baseball cap than I am in a suit. Not expensive jeans but the kind you throw on when you are going fishing on a chilly day. Ironically, I got my first fancy pair of jeans last Christmas from the women in my office who bought me a pair of Lucky jeans. I was 44 and for the first time owned a pair of jeans over $50.
- I’m a country girl at heart who grew up in a high society environment with a tennis court and putt-putt course in our backyard. I never fit in and was the only one of my friends who worked when I was a teenager. Sometimes it was embarrassing to work at McDonalds, but I did it because I loved to work and I loved to meet the people who came into the store everyday.
- I believe in handwritten notes, in telling people what they mean to you while you have the opportunity, following Emily Post etiquette, never reclining my seat on an airplane for the sake of the guy behind me and family dinners when I’m not traveling.
- I want people at my funeral to say I was a loyal friend.
- I have a passion for empowering mothers. This is what drives every single thing I do. Empowerment might come through giving moms a voice via MomTV, Mom Talk Radio, or by providing them good information on BlueSuitMom.com. But it also comes from making companies realize the economic power we bring to the US economy.
- I worked very hard to have children. I love being a mom and strive everyday to do the best job I can with the gifts God gave me. I want my children to be independent, global thinkers who care about people and want to leave a mark on life. I want them to find a job in life that they love as much as I do.
- I have a hard saying “no” to a mom who needs something, whether it’s help with a business plan, marketing advice or a job.
- I am very protective of my team at BSM Media. I don’t like them to work too many overtime hours, I want others to respect them as I do and I want them to have fun when they work. I’ve been known to turn down work when we aren’t having fun.
- I LOVE running. Actually, I love anything that physically challenges my body. It’s one of the few times that you have to rely solely yourself to succeed. Even when I bike 30+ miles, I feel guilty that I used tires to help me reach the finish line. Running marathons lets me use my brain and every muscle in my body.
- My favorite part of what I do is all the friends I have all over the world. I wish I could spend more time getting to know the women I’ve met along the way of my incredible journey called “Career”.
- From the early death of my father, I learned that it’s important to live life to its fullest every single day. Take risks, stop and enjoy small moments, walk on the beach barefoot and feel the sand on your feet, touch other people’s lives and do something you fear every day.
- Eating is a big thing for me. My mom had an eating disorder and I later was treated for one after college. I try to control everything that goes into my body. I believe in eating to fuel my body rather than to mindlessly eat. I eat at least 2 superfoods every day and never eat airplane food. I have a list of foods that I consider wasted calories, that’s why you rarely see me eat white rice.
- I believe God brings the people you need into your life.
- I believe that the energy we give out is the energy we get back in our life. I follow the Dalai Lama’s advice to “Never lose the lesson in life”. So, from every negative experience I believe there is a positive lesson.
- Finally, I believe that I’ve been truly blessed in life. Not only do I know who and what I am, but I have friends like Kelby who remind me to share it with others.
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