What things inspire you to be a better person, spouse and employee?
Can these inspirations lead to a better understanding of your place in the community?
How can you use your knowledge and experience to benefit your current situation, and how do you continue to learn and grow?
These are the questions that have been running through my mind over the past year—a time of reflection and growth. I had experienced a variety of clashing emotions and had to talk myself into seeing the glass half-full many times.
One thing I know about myself is that I am a goal setter who is not afraid of doing whatever it takes to accomplish the task. This doesn’t mean that I will step on someone’s back to get there. A better choice is to use an internal pep talk. That can take many forms, for example:
Lead by example.
Optimism and creativity build strong foundations.
There is a bright side to every situation.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Helping and mentoring others is a necessary and selfless act that only improves when it is returned.
Doing something positive for another person creates immediate gratification.
When others see the passion and love of life you possess, it radiates.
By having these internal conversations, you will continue to evolve as a person, and that evolution will be seen and felt by your peers. It is contagious and it creates community.
Chantele was born and raised in Portland Oregon, a city with many comparisons to Grand Rapids. After spending some time in Chicago, she moved to West Michigan and has spent the past 15 years working in property management and investment real estate in Grand Rapids.
Chantele has 2 grown daughters, and lives with her husband and a spoiled cat in Byron Center.