As a wife and a mother of five children, my primary role for many years was that of nurturer, caretaker, mom. A few years ago I reached the point in my life where I felt it was necessary to add “provider” to my list of roles. Private school tuition played a large part in my decision to add a paying job to my already hectic life. Another contributing factor was my need for adult interaction.
I started my family at a young age, and they were my complete focus. I hadn’t taken the necessary steps to have a career I could advance in. However, I knew that I would never be satisfied with the jobs available to me at the time—such as sales clerk in a retail store or my local supermarket. Therefore, I enrolled in an accelerated office technology course so that I could improve my computer skills and enter the business world. I graduated at the top of my class and discovered talents I was never aware of. Within a couple of weeks of completing my course, I was hired as the firm receptionist here at Abacus. A month later, a client service associate position opened up and my mentor believed I would have no trouble transitioning to that position. With her encouragement, I started my journey on the path into my new career at Abacus.
How I’m expanding what’s possible with money
Clean and healthy food is very important to me, but with a large family it can be expensive. Instead of spending a lot on prepared food, I buy healthy, organic ingredients and make most of my own food, from condiments to crackers. I also make healthy meals for members of my community when they have a need like illness, a new baby, or a death in the family.
Outside of work, my passions include
As an observant Jewish woman, I love helping other Jewish women improve their health by eating clean and following a kosher lifestyle. Since many food bloggers include recipes and ingredients unacceptable in a kosher lifestyle, I started a few social media groups for women to eat healthy and kosher. They can share ideas, recipes, challenges, and successes with like-minded people. My dream is to publish a cookbook with recipes I’ve created and contributed by these women!