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Growing up I had a lot of people that shaped my future.
My parents and extended family were some of the most influential people in my life… and so was a lady named Erma. She was my lead keeper from my zoo keeper days and taught me many things. The most important of those was that life should be enjoyed to the fullest. She believed in working hard and having fun when the work was over. I didn't fully understand the impact she had on my life or all the lessons I learned until many years later, but these life lessons she taught me continue to have a huge impact on me as a mother and in my business matters.
Last month we went whale watching and as I sat on the (very) rocky boat I had some time to really think about life.
I had one of those moments where I was by myself on one side of the boat and all I could see was open water. I let my mind wander to when I was much younger and on a whale watching trip with my friends. I remember that I had told Erma that I wasn't coming in that day and instead of being upset that it would cause her more work without me there she was genuinely thrilled for me to be able to experience animals in the wild. She told me how important it was to have fun after all the hard work I had done and not to worry… she had my back and would be happy to do my work for the day.
I may have forgotten the exact words she said, but I’ll never forget the way she made me feel.
Flash forward to me on the boat and I realized that her words are still with me today.
In order for us to be able to take this day off and have fun as a family I had to have help. There is just too much for Pete and I to do in each of our businesses to get away like this. We each have someone whose got our back and knowing that we have that support is the difference between having a care free break and taking time away from work, but still worrying about everything that isn't getting done.
Another one of my favorite lessons she taught me was going to the experts when I needed advice.
She used to say something about not asking a monkey how to fly. I thought it was a silly saying then, but now I totally get it. If you need help or advice go to the experts. Don’t waste time and worry asking anyone else. This applies to so many situations in life and I rote it on a sticky note to remember when we got back.
Don’t ask a monkey how to fly.
During those important late teenage years it felt so good to know that I had someone there to help me.
From living life to the fullest to having a community to support me I know that Erma taught me some of the most important life lessons. Having a State Farm agent as part of your community to help you in making important decisions about protecting one’s family gives so much peace of mind so you can get out there and live your life. We all know that there are plenty of moments where you don’t want to be held back by uncertainty – and the personalized help of an expert enables you to make better decisions. State Farm agents help you protect what matters most.