Colleen Card | Member Spotlight
Ambassador of WomenH2H, Writer, Senior Care Advocate, Public Relations Liaison, Director of Business Development, Owner of WordsKickBIO.
I am a country girl and I am most comfortable in blue jeans and digging in the dirt. My dream is to own a farmhouse with a barn, a windmill, and a big red tractor. I’ve been writing since I was seven and I love the way words taste and feel on my tongue. My faith in God shapes me in every way. I have three beautiful daughters and seven grandchildren, and I love going on adventures with all of them.
I am an award winning, creative writer with an MFA from Butler University in Indianapolis Indiana. My work has been published in Mused, Damselfly Press, Analecta, and All Things Girl. I have spent the last few years in the senior care industry as Director of Business Development and Public Relations Liaison helping seniors find the services they need. Currently I own WordsKick, a freelance writing business creating content for individuals to enhance brand presence.
When it comes to the role of women at work today, what inspires you and what keeps you up at night?
As I see women in the workplace today I am inspired by the determination and tenacity of those who long to see change, and those who work to support change.
Women always get the job done, no matter how hard it is, no matter what the cost, but the cost is so steep at times. That is what keeps me awake at night. I see women who are not receiving the support they need, entrenched in lives of poverty, struggling to raise their children, and work, and get an education all at the same time.
We need more hands to help. If I help one, and you help one, then eventually all will be helped.
What’s your goal around that and why is it important to you? Why is that a priority for you right now?
My goal is first of all to set an example for other women to follow. I was that woman who was in a low paying job, with no education, fighting to keep food on the table. I fought to get an education, and I have risen above a life of waiting tables with no future. I want my three daughters to see that they can achieve anything they set their minds to do.
Secondly, I want to be chief encourager. I hope to do that in my writing. I want to help women believe in themselves and instill confidence in them. This is a priority because time is of the essence! Women are struggling every day, lost, discouraged, and they need help now!
What are the biggest challenges you’ve personally had as a woman at work? How did you try to overcome them?
My biggest challenge at work has been not believing in myself and my abilities. Coming from a background of abuse and poverty, I have had to learn how to rise above disparaging self-talk. I am a woman of faith, and my faith has shaped me. I am a child of God. I can do all things if I step out in faith and courage.
Who or what would have made it easier? What do you wish you would have done then?
Having a mentor would have made things so much easier.
In my experience I did not have women to encourage me and cheer me on, to help me believe in myself. This has been a hard won battle that I have largely fought alone and silently up until the last few years.
I have always had a stoic, pull yourself up by the bootstraps type of attitude, and I wish I had let down my guard and confided in others when I needed help, or that someone would have reached out to me and asked if I needed help.
Many women are overwhelmed by the constant changes at work, frustrated with conflicts or disheartened by office politics, drama and draining emotions. What have you done in the past to help you get through such moments?
I have learned to build a tribe. This took me a long time to do, but it is so important to have those women in your life who will listen when you need to talk, who will unwind with you, laugh with you, cry with you.
I have learned that if I am afraid to talk about something, then someone else is probably afraid to talk about the same thing.
I have learned to be courageous and bare my own soul so that it will help other women know they are not alone.
Who do you follow on these subjects? Are there authors, influencers, leaders, sites, blogs you follow?
WomenH2H! I love this group of women. I also follow Melinda Gates. She is so insightful. I am a creative person, a writer, so I follow a lot of other creative women like Ann Voskamp, Anne Lamott, local women like Barbara Shoup, Susan Neville, Rita Kohn. I spend a lot of time reading books, not necessarily blogs.
Do you participate in other women groups or communities? What have you seen work in such communities and what was missing for you?
I do. Locally there is a group called Purposeful Living that aspires to serve women of all ages and backgrounds. Also, recently I have started participating in Rainmakers Christian Leadership. The groups I see working the best are the ones that create safe spaces for women to open up and share their own stories without being judged. Groups that create division according to financial status or social status do not work for me. We are all on different journeys and I respect that.
Why is it important for women to be surrounded by other women and what is the role we play in each other’s lives?
As women we are expected to play so many roles in our work and in our families.
Only other women understand the burdens we each bear. We need each other as encouragers, as cheerleaders, to help carry the weight of responsibility that is upon each of our shoulders.
What activities could we do so that we master together how to get back our zest, thrive on change, lead with grace and confidence and co-create the beautiful workplaces we all long for?
Recently Lauren Grey and I hosted a book talk for women based on 1001 Watts. We spoke about their hopes and dreams, their goals and successes. There was so much energy in the room! Activities involving helping each other set and reach individual goals will create an atmosphere of encouragement and confidence in any workplace.
How do you see your role in building this community? And is there anything else you want to add that you think would be helpful for us to know as we are building this community?
I see my role as a wordsmith. I use words to inspire, to encourage, to paint a picture of what you can achieve if you only believe you can. We are a tribe and we need each other more desperately than ever before.
We must let ourselves be vulnerable and let our real selves shine out despite any façades we have built. Only then will we be able to truly help other women.
There are so many women who need to be reached.
No woman left behind should be our mantra. No woman left behind, left alone, or left without.
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