Women’s Day Words of Wisdom
Today, International Women’s Day, we join in honoring the women in our lives, mothers, daughters, friends, wives, grandmothers, granddaughters, and fellow coworkers. This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter couldn’t have been more appropriate as most of us balance life for the better every day. Our ability to multitask goes beyond anything understood by science and we manage to do it with style. Behind each beautiful smile lies mystery, intelligence, skill, ambition, a caring heart, sense of humor and wisdom to name just a few. Yet, it would be unfair to generalize as each lady is highly unique.
As we celebrate women’s achievements, where do we start? Women are involved in nearly every profession and truly are the backbone of our nation. At Altus Emergency, we are happy to celebrate Women’s Day by sharing the words of wisdom from our very own Altus Emergency Ladies. We hope you find inspiration and courage from this diverse set of role models.
A picture perfect Women’s Day at Altus Emergency! In the photo from left to right: Ashley Morgan, Richelle Blackburn, Lauren Frazier, Kris DeVries, Katie Lucas, Kelly Curtis, Lorrie Anna Soffes & Kristin Kappler.
Real Answers from Real Women.
It all happened rather spontaneously as great things tend to occur. In preparing for the Women’s Day celebration, we took the opportunity to send eight questions to a group of Altus Emergency ladies to share a little about themselves. What happened was simply magical. Thank you, ladies for sharing your words of wisdom with us!
1. How hard is it to make it to the top? What does it take?
I will let you know when I get there!!
Hard work and dedication is what gets you to the top. Patience and Understanding. Compromising. Listening and learning, not just talking. It takes time, be patient.
Still on that journey and taking all the advice I can get!
2. What advice would you give to your younger self?
Enjoy your youth while you can, life happens too fast.
Trust that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. Practice patience my child, all things will come in time.
Don’t underestimate your abilities or discount your drive. God is already there waiting on you to arrive wherever you’re headed.
Negotiate early. No one likes a hot head, cool it down girl!
3. How do you make time for yourself?
I love to get away with my husband so we travel a lot. You have to unplug from work and disengage on a regular basis to maintain a healthy personal and professional life.
I like quiet time, when I can get it. Quiet time recharges me. However, sometime I fall asleep during that time!
Having to delegate duties sometimes will get you a little bit of time to yourself and away from the Hussle. I can’t do it all, so don’t try to do it all!
I love spending time with family and friends and exploring all that Houston has to offer!
4. How do you juggle work and home?
It is easy for me because I do not have kids.
As a single parent, this can be difficult however, I have been blessed with 5 amazing sisters and a phenomenal mom. We have always been the strength for one another and our children.
Working full time being a mom is one of the hardest things to balance. You want to spend as much time as possible with your family, be at every event you possibly can, cook, clean, wash clothes, and get the kids ready for bed.
The most important thing to do is take time for yourself. Take that bubble bath, have the candy bar its ok you deserve it.
Remember to leave work at work and home at home. Strive to be the beautiful woman you are!!
Managing work and home is one of my biggest tasks. I spend a great deal of time constantly working to ensure I complete as much as possible during the day and make it home “on time” or within a “reasonable time.” As a result, I am always on a really tight schedule. Additionally, I have put several processes in place to manage home as best as possible, which I constantly tweak. I strive to give my best to my home and professional life.
I leave work at work and leave home at home. Both are happier that way.
I feel I do a pretty good job of keeping things separate for the most part.
5. If you could put on a parade for International Women’s Day, which woman would put on the main float?
My mother, she is the strongest most dedicated person I learned from.
6. If you were elected for office, what would be the first thing you do for Texas?
I would try to help people understand the importance of the ER’s and why they will make a better impact on the communities. How CMS needs to come across and recognize the good that we do.
There is no amount of money in the world that could make me run for office!
7. What did you first want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher.
Attorney, may be something I still pursue in the near future.
I originally wanted and attended undergrad to be a doctor. Ultimately, I chose to allow more time with my future immediate family and to not be directly responsible for people’s lives. This worked for me, since my husband is a high school band director with a busy schedule.
Three ring circus Ring Leader!!
I wanted to be a Physician Assistant.
8. We saved the best for last! What do you like the most about working at Altus ER?
Altus is more like a family than a job.
Being the Administrator for Altus ER’s, it is a joy to know that our patients are receiving the best care from all of our staff. From the time they walk through our doors until the billing process is complete they always have the best treatment from all of our staff.
Here at Altus we are a family. Everyone always has a welcoming friendly face, asking how your day was and if there is anything they can do to help you. BEST JOB EVER!!! So glad to be a part of this beautiful family!!!
What I like most about working at Altus ER is the familial environment and the work everyone puts in to accomplish the remarkable initiatives each year.
The compassion and sense of family. Almost 11 years with this great company. Because of a great leader, that is the biggest reason to stay! I’m happy and have been given more than my fair share of opportunities!
I love our staff and management team. When you enjoy the people you work with, it makes work feel less like a job!
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