I was asked to share some info about me as a Breath of Life practitioner. Oftentimes when it comes to sharing a bit about ourselves, we dive into the blah, blah, blah of it all, the typical “this is what I do,” “this is why I do it,” “here are my credentials,” again, blah, blah, blah. So, let’s take a slight detour off the beaten path and have a little fun in the Practitioner's Corner, the ProFUNsional Edition.
Let’s assume you’re the one posing a few unusual, fun, normal (whatever that is) or somewhere in between questions that’ll give you a glimpse into the more personal side of me, with a little professional sprinkled on top. You ready?
What cartoon characters did you like best growing up?
I’ve been a diehard fan of Daffy Duck for as long as I can remember. I love his wild and fun spirit, tenacity, boldness, commitment, willingness to look silly and his persistence. Didn’t think I could tease out that much to admire about a cartoon duck, eh? Also, I LOVE the Peanuts – from toys, books, coloring books and TV specials when I was a kiddie pop, to my current collection of figurines, music globes and wall hangings; Chuck and the gang were my animated, philosophical, go to crew.
What was your first professional job and how much were you paid?
My first professional job was with Great Lakes Trucking Equipment in Ohio; I was hired during my senior year in high school as a part-time secretary. I attended classes in the morning and headed to GLTE for an afternoon of shorthand writing, typing, transcription and filing. At that time, I was paid a whopping $3.50 an hour, which was pretty good for an entry-level student job at that time.
How would you describe your most memorable birthday?
My most memorable birthday was my 8th birthday. My parents threw me a BIG ol’ party. Lots of my friends were invited and we had SO much fun. I got to wear, what I considered at the time, a more grown up looking blue, mini dress with a patent leather belt and my mom gave me a grown up hairstyle, a bun with bangs. I smiled so much that day, I believe my face hurt for a week. It was awesome!
Have you ever had a mentor? What did you learn from him/her?
Yes, I’ve had lots of wonderful mentors. My favorite was Jonathan Freedman, a wonderful and uber talented professor of sociology who took me under his wing when I first started teaching. He was THE most generous and genius of a man that I’ve ever worked with. He taught me so much about how to recognize and celebrate the humanity in my students, in everyone. He paid it forward with me in a way that I've not experienced with any other human being. It is my intention to take a lesson from him and do the same. I miss him very much; he transitioned peacefully in his sleep in the summer of 2007, just two days after visiting one of my classes as a guest speaker. These days, my most treasured mentors are the ones I’ve met in books – Parker J. Palmer, Florence Scovill Shinn, Laurence Boldt, Dr. Barbara De Angelis and others.
What personal quality do you like most about yourself?
I’m going to totally cheat and share four – my curiosity, my playful spirit, my insatiable desire to learn, and my deep desire to consistently show up authentically.
What were the two most significant turning points in your career? How did they change your life?
Well, because I’ve enjoyed over 60 job titles over the course of my work life (yup, I know), I’ve had more than my fair share of significant turning points. The two that created the biggest and most fun shifts in my life, to date, were the day I started teaching as a sociology professor, and the completion of my coaching certification program with LifeWorks School of Coaching. The former created opportunities for me to connect in a learning environment and challenge students and myself to look at the world through a variety of different lenses, and the latter was the most intensive, personal and professional transformational experience I’ve ever had. My LifeWorks journey blew me away! Both served as major catalysts in my exponential growth and expansion as a person and as one who spends her days in the service of others.
If we looked in your refrigerator right now, what would we see?
Kale, mustard greens, collard greens, broccoli, squash, mushrooms, butter lettuce, fresh corn on the cobb, okra, tomatoes, grapes, pineapple, Italian dressing, rice milk, sparkling apple cider, pineapple juice, and Claussen pickles (gotta be Claussen’s or leave em’ in on the shelf).
If you want more of the blah, blah, blah and other fun facts about me and the work I love, visit www.robinccrawford.com and check out my Why Robin page, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I'd love to support your success. We can work together via a private consultation or group workshop. Part of living my best work life and my best life, is helping others creatively design and live theirs!
Aspiring Sage, Creative Maven, Fancier of Books, Guardian of Student Experiences, Inner Explorer, Lover of Living & Learning, Partisan of Play, Princess of Joy, Purveyor of Possibility, Vibrational Recalibrator.