Working at the Wildberry has changed my life. It has changed the way I view the world and the way in which I view myself. The tasks of the job itself held no transformational power. The people I have had the privilege to meet and get to know, however, have had a deep impact.
I consider it to be a great honor to be able to listen to and learn from people from all walks of life that hang their hats in different corners of our world. I’ve met artists, surgeons, astronauts and story-tellers; cancer survivors and vets. People with brilliant minds and hearts filled with so much kindness in them that they seem superhuman. People that have gone through hell and back and are brave enough to share their story with us with grace and humility. When I say honor, I truly mean it.
One woman that stands out to me, above all others, happens to be my boss, Glenda. She is beyond inspiring, filled with grit and passion and a healthy dose of sarcasm. She has worked painstakingly hard to get to where she is today and she never gave up. Glenda went back to college a little later in life and obtained her degree as a chemical engineer. A chemical engineer! How cool is that? Of course being a super brainy woman climbing the ladder within a man’s world wasn’t good enough, she also wanted to start her own business and be her own boss.
Glenda and Ken’s dream of opening a bed and breakfast was a long time in the making. The persistence of the dream alone is impressive enough, let alone the fact that when they finally made their dream come true they had the backbone and stamina to keep their day jobs while running a brand new home business, which is a 24/7 job. It never ends. And they are still doing it. They are freaks of nature! F R E A K S.
Watching people rise in spite of all the horrendous curve balls that life throws their way and still manage to smile and thrive and love is truly amazing. Thank you for all the inspiration, Glenda! My hat is off to you.