I am excited to introduce my Lou Loves Learning Facebook Fan of the Week – Donna McCord. Donna is yet another of my Blogger Monday with Ann Evanston buddies and one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. Donna was one of Ann Evanston’s women of inspiration for 2010 (and I was proud to share that honor with her) and, as expected Donna was completely surprsed by the honor as she is totally unassuming. And that is what makes her so special. She’s also an older mum – like me. I LOVE getting to know people like Donna through social media and I hope you will take the time to get to know her to. Stop by her blog and leave her a comment – she gives great car maintenance tips. And friend her on Facebook.
What would you like readers to know about you personally?
I am Italian, Spanish and Portugese in descent, and love good food and good wine! But first and foremost, I love God and His Son, Jesus, and try to live my life in a way that reflects their Love and Spirit. After that, I have to say that it is a huge struggle to try to accomplish that each day, and most days I fail in one way or another! I tend to be a perfectionist, and fairly recently learned that I have a mild case of OCD that I work on overcoming, so I am definitely my own worst critic. My greatest escape and what feeds my soul and frees my anxieties is to write. Ever since I was a child, writing was what I loved to do, and I was always told that I would be an author one day. That is still a dream I have not given up on! But the reality is that after one year of college and a very young, mis-matched marriage that ended after 10 years, I found myself working in the high tech, corporate world as a marketing communications manager. I never thought I would be married again, but God had other plans! And now, being a wife and mom are my favorite things to be. This second marriage didn’t happen until I was 40 years old, and being gifted with our daughter at age 41 was what I consider a miracle! She is the light of my life, and I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. I also would like to share that I love animals, have two cats (Lucky and Bow) and a Betta Fish (Sammy) that bring me joy each day. And I enjoy gardening, going for long walks and reading good books when I can!
And what do you do?
Since 2003 I have put my marketing skills to work for my husband’s and my auto repair business, and it has been an amazing learning experience on all levels, including how to get along with your husband when you are together almost 24/7! It can be very challenging! I have also been a Stephen Minister for the last 7 years, which simply means I am trained through my church to be someone that meets with other women who are going through some kind of crisis, and walk with them as they go through it by listening, reflecting, praying with and for them. I also belong to Moms In Touch International, a group of moms who get together weekly to pray for their children and support one another.
Who is your greatest supporter in life and work?
I am blessed in that I have great life supporters in my Mom, my Dad and my three sisters. They are always there for me. When it comes to work, my husband and I are definitely each others’ greatest supporters.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by others who just seem to naturally give of themselves without expecting anything in return. My mom is one of those people. And I have always been inspired by the Bible and the amazing stories of struggle, faith, love, failures, forgiveness and redemption. To me it is the one book that encompasses all that life and living is about and holds all the answers to all questions. It took me years to come to understand that, and along the way I was inspired by people that helped open my eyes and mind.
What does the word freedom mean to you?
To me, freedom means being able to live life without worry or anxiety or doubts or fear; to be able to be who you were designed to be and fully use your talents and abilities.
What are your goals?
My goal is to be able to reach a place where I can have the time and energy to focus on what brings me the most joy – my family, my writing, my service – without worrying about finances!
The following scriptures have been a real help to me when I find myself feeling depressed or sad:
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things” Philippians 4:8
“Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
I also like this line from a song “In Better Hands” by Natalie Grant:
“You can’t be saved if you’re not reaching out for help.”