Thursday, July 24, 2014

An Interview That Digs A Little Deeper (Ask Away Friday)


Today I am swapping questions with fellow blogger, Rea Alducente of Reality Bites.  She is a beautiful young woman from a beautiful country, the Philippines.  Rea is married and has a three year old son.  She has a challenging job as a Lead Trainer in a BPO company.  She handles new hire classes helping people become better at their jobs.  Her passions are photography and blogging.  Please visit her blog - she shares her thoughts on parenting, life, happiness....... and of course, chocolates.

Here is our interview -- I loved the intense questions she asked me

I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye.  - See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye.  - See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye. 

- See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye. 

- See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye. 

- See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
1.  Laughter is one of your greatest weapons in dealing with life.  What makes you laugh the most?  What generally makes you frown?


It is not a matter of 'laughing' at anything in particular.  It is a matter of finding the humor in every day activities.  As a health coach, I deal with many people who are depressed.  Maybe it is a gift, but I can usually get them to look at life with a lighter approach, instead of a poor me attitude.  Life is challenging and if we can make it lighter, then it gets easier.  As a good story teller, I can take almost any situation and show the humor in it.  When I shared a post about stress recently, I shared how to turn what many would find as an extremely stressful day into a laughing matter.  The alternative would be to get angry and frustrated, which accomplishes nothing.  

What makes me frown?  Probably my pet peeves which I share here.   Like...... slow people :(
  
2.  It seems you were born to be a public speaker.  Was there ever a time when something went wrong during one of your public speeches?  Do you ever get nervous or anxious?  

I have been doing it for so many years but nothing stands out.  I do know that no matter what happens, I make the audience laugh about it.  One time I was tying to say the word "set" and every time I tried to say it, I kept saying "sex."  The audience howled, so I switched gears and talked about embarrassing moments for a few minutes.  

No, I don't get nervous.  I get excited, but not nervous.

3. I know you love dogs so much.  Is there ever a single thing about them that you don't like?

They die too young.  I am passionate about my dogs and love them to bits.  The ones I have now are 14 and 18 years old.  That time is approaching. 

A few months ago I posted 27 dog stories; most are funny, but some are about having to say good-bye.  Most of our dogs were rescue dogs and their stories will pull at your heart strings.  One of the dogs I rescued followed me home - miles down the highway.  Three times I tried taking her back to her home, but she would not stay.  I had never met her before, but she must have known I would love her.  When I found out she had been abused, I grabbed her and made her mine and we had many happy years together.
     
4.  You are a health coach and I've learned about your inspiring life story.  What are your views on products of science like stem cell technology to somehow extend the life of a person?

There are many methods in the field of medicine that are controversial.  I am not educated in these areas to comment without it only being my opinion.  My field of expertise is symptomology, the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the symptoms of disease.  Our bodies use symptoms to alert us when something is wrong.  Knowing how to read those symptoms and give the body what it needs nutritionally, can bring optimum health. 




5.  What's the best thing about being a grand-mom?

I have heard it said many times that the best thing about being a grand-mom is giving the kids back to their parents at the end of the day.  I couldn't disagree more.  I love being a mom and I look at grandmotherhood (that's a new word!) as frosting on the cake.  You are not under any pressure to be a good parent -- you can just enjoy them without the 'work' of parenting.  Being a grand-mom brings back so many memories and you get to relive them - it is so much fun.

6.  How different is being a mom from being a grand-mom?

Probably the biggest difference is looking at the child from a different perspective.   As a parent, we are concerned we do everything 'right' and when we come across a scenario we have not had before, we worry if we made the right decision.  As a grand parent, you enjoy the child without the stress.


7.  You have been self-employed for so many years now.  Did you plan to be one or did something trigger you to become one?  

The answer to this one would take a book and that is precisely what I did -- wrote my memoir.  There were a lot of desperate factors that forced me out of the workplace and into my own business. 


8.  You mentioned that you visited your brother in Africa.  Tell us more about Africa when you visited - the people, the places or food.

Again, you ask questions that could fill a book.  We had an incredible time in South Africa.  It is such a beautiful country and 40 years ago, we considered living there.  I especially loved our safari in Kruger National Park.  In Battered Hope, I share several stories about this trip including the experience we had at the airport.  I share that story here When A Dream Turns Into A Nightmare. We were taken hostage and held at gun point while the rebels robbed everyone.  Then they messed up the airplane and made us leave the country, putting our lives in  jeopardy.  Fortunately, we were able to make a safe landing in Rome where the problems with the craft were rectified.  I thought we were going to die for sure. 

9.  I see that you are a workaholic and I kind of feel that I am too.  What will ultimately make you stop working for good if there's any?

When I am six feet under :)

10.  Tell us your favorite quote about life.

I have two and both of them are what my daddy taught me.  I share them in Life Lessons from Father
DO IT RIGHT.... and DO IT NOW

This has been my motto for as long as I can remember.  I apply it each and every day of my life.  I do not procrastinate.  I am organized as a result of this motto.  I have taught classes on this subject alone and it can revolutionize your life.

Faith (hope) does not deny Reality

I am a realist.  I do not believe in putting my head in the sand and pretending everything is okay.  I deal with problems head on and yet never lose faith or hope that things will get better; they will turn around.  Where there is life, there is hope.  



These have been thought provoking, intimate questions Rea.  Thank you for taking the time to dig a little deeper.


I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye. 

- See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
I'm a Lead Trainer in a BPO company. I handle new hire classes and help people from all walks of life become better at their job, but there's actually more to that than meets the eye. 

- See more at: http://www.reaalducente.com/p/abou.html#sthash.X3SwJQMD.dpuf
It's FRIDAY!  It's Ask Away Friday which is an excellent opportunity to connect and interview your fellow bloggers. Bloggers swap questions and answer them on their own blog.  We would love to have you join us.





Tamara from Tamara Like Camera,
Tiffany from Mrs. Tee Love Life Laughter,
Christy from Uplifting Families,
Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings
and
Amber from Bold Fit Mom







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