And finally, mental health and personal development are a passion of mine.
Both personally and in my family, I have experienced the impact of depression, anxiety, and mental heath challenges.
I live by the mantra that it’s important to create the world that you want to live in and help others create theirs. And while you can’t control the reactions of those around you, you can control your own responses. That manifests in a number of ways, including:
— I’ve instituted a “mental health days are still health days” policy for my team, ensuring that they know I value their health on every level.
— I have advocated for mental health support, as well as LGBTQ and other diversity initiatives, at several previous employers.
— I dedicate at least 30% of my personal research and reading to personal development of a variety of types. I’m currently reading “The Power of Habit.”
— I believe that asking a question is one of the most respectful things you can do, because assumption is the enemy of understanding.