1. What is the most meaningful object you wear?
I have two: my wedding ring and my juju necklace. Both really go hand in hand given where I am in my life right now.
2. Why do you wear it?
I am 40. I just got married 8 months ago. My journey towards partnership was long, bumpy, hilarious and ultimately, well worth the wait. Every time I look at my ring, I'm reminded of the road I travelled before I met him. I am proud of the independence I cultivated along the way, the incredible friends I made who filled those occasional pockets of loneliness and the time I had to really get to know and appreciate myself.
I'm also in the process of trying to start a family...not the "fun" way, but the IVF way. I designed my Juju necklace to be filled with fertility, healing and protection goodness. I love when people ask me about the necklace because it gives me the opportunity to share my story. A story that is familiar to so many women and men, but one which is often discussed in whispers behind closed doors. I just finished my 4th round of IVF with my head held high and my heart filled with hope. I touch my juju necklace as often as I can and ask for positive energy from something bigger than me out there.
3. What does the saying "good juju" mean to you?
It means treating others the way I want to be treated! We all have our ups and downs; when I'm feeling up, I like to give a little bit of that energy to someone who may need it more than I do that day. And I often ask others to do the same for me. Karma...I believe in it wholeheartedly.
4. Who is your Juju hero?
My mom, without a doubt. She has been inspiring me for decades. She is a pioneer in her own right, having held the most senior seat in her boardroom for years. She taught me to work hard and play nice. She is living proof that you can achieve immense professional success but also have a heart. And her shoulder will always be...my most comforting to lean on.
5. What is your motto?
Don't ever cry over anything that can't cry over you.