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It's a surprisingly personal question; no one else can decide how you measure your own success and it's allowed to evolve over time.
My definition has certainly transformed over the past 7 years as I shifted from focusing on how life looks to how life feels.
I used to think success was about checking boxes and collecting gold stars: I was a corporate-climbing mom who could "do it all and do it with a smile". It looked great on the outside.
But, on the inside, I felt hollow and like I was never doing enough. There was always more to do/be/achieve. When my infant daughter had serious spinal surgery 7 years ago, it made me reevaluate how I was living, and for whom. Thankfully, she’s healthy, but it became the pivot point where my life has since become before and after.
Now I know success means having the courage to create a life of authenticity and impact. By letting go of who I think I should be, it freed me up to embrace who I am and who I am to become.
We are most impactful when we’re most authentic so, ultimately, success is living into my full range and building a life aligned with my values, purpose and gifts in order to inspire others to do the same.
I am humbled and honored to be included in Steve Ewert Photography's series on Successful Women in Chicago.
I'd love to hear from you: What does success mean to you? How has your definition evolved?
Steve Ewert Photography
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Brett Kramer Photography
We used Above and Beyond Quality Entertainment for our elementary school Fall Festival, and they were awesome! We had a DJ with glow in the dark accessories and a photo booth with props. They were professional, easy to work with, and the kids and parents had a blast. They truly did go above and beyond when one of our inflatable houses from another company started to deflate right before the festival started. The DJ came outside and helped us find the root of the problem and inflate it again. He had no reason to help us with this since he had other work to attend to, and the bouncy house was not from his company. They were excellent, and we are using them again for our end of the year party.
Above and Beyond Entertainment, LLC
Martika was SOOO helpful and creative! I'm creating a portfolio, and she really highlighted all of my best features!! I will definitely work with her again, and I highly recommend!
Martika Photography, LLC
We don’t do professional photograph as often, so we were slightly nervous, however Milan made us feel relaxed and confident . Photographs that he took of our celebration (son’s 2nd birthday) were all stunning! Would highly recommend him!
Milan Tomic Photography
Steve was energetic, made people comfortable during the picture taking process and most important took beautiful pictures!
Steven Barston Photography
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