It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions. These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.
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Q. Who are you? What is your background?
A. My name is Diane Lomax and I’m the youngest of three born into a military family. I was born into flux and I’ve lived with it all my life—would not have it any other way. My undergraduate degree was in Spanish (because I loved languages) and my graduate study was in Higher Education Administration (because I was employed by a community college and thought I wanted to become its next president). In between, I’ve been an everything from a Promotions/Program Director for an NBC affiliate to a middle school Spanish teacher…from a fine china/crystal/silver specialist in retail to a bakery manager and way more in between. What I know for sure is everything I’ve ever done has prepared me for each and every subsequent employment opportunity.
Q. What is your work?
A. I started my own business in September 2014 when I knew I could not work full-time and care for my mom who has dementia and was unable to live alone. So, after years of toying with other entrepreneurial ideas, “It’s About Time Business & Home Solutions” was born. I established it as a business that offered up my skills as the foundation. I ended up going back to school to become a bookkeeper and I’ve not looked back.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m in the process of seeking God’s guidance on the expansion of my business and how He’s going to help me through it as I continue to provide care for my mom.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. I don’t know how courageous it was, but I quit my full-time job to start a business and become a full-time caregiver for my mother who is living with dementia.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not, why not? What's stopping you?
A. There’s so much I’d like to do or try but my current lifestyle as a caregiver has changed that. However, after a recent physical, my doctor advised that I find a way to start reliving my life again and that is now my goal!
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. I would tell my high school self not to worry, you’ll be just fine. I would tell my college self not to worry, you’ll be just fine. I’d tell my post-college self the same thing too. I tell myself every day!
Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. When I was four, my mother taught me this when I was learning to tie my shoelaces:
Once a task is once begun,
never leave it till it’s done.
Be the labor great or small,
do it well or not at all.
Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. I never get tired of creating! To have the freedom to create is not only a gift it’s a blessing especially for women in general and women of color specifically. I’d be in a prison cell thinking of what color I could paint the walls.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Any pose that I can get down on the floor safely and get back up without any help.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I gravitate towards change and peace. I typically shun routine and drama. Therefore, where there is change (great or small amounts) that’s where you’ll find me. Where there is peace, encouragement, and love, I will be there as well. The abundance from life is growth that comes from a willingness to live fearlessly and to respect the universe and all it has already done before me and will do after me.