DOZ Issue 37 November 2018 - Page 21

L eia Baez is a Public Information Officer at Douglas County Nebraska. A few years ago, she was in what she describes as the darkest place in her life. Her marriage had come to an end, and she had moved back to live with her parents and was once again sleeping in her childhood bedroom. Leia felt discouraged and demoted. You see before this time she had owned her own house. But what seemed like a demotion was going to turn around to be a blessing. As she slept in her childhood bedroom and once again saw the glow in the dark stars that she had put up on her ceiling as a child, Leia was reminded of all the dreams and wishes she had attached to every one of those stars. Suddenly it occurred to her that despite everything that had happened she could still have the life she wanted, that her dreams were still out there. She went back to school, obtained a master’s degree, secured a new job and was able to buy her own house and move out of her parent’s home. Today she shares with us that amazing journey. I first became acquainted with Leia when I watched her commencement speech on a Goal Cast video on Facebook. As I watched her share her story, I was reminded in many ways of my story and journey, and I was also greatly inspired by her journey. I was reminded once again that I could do more and be more and that my past was just that, past, and had no bearing on my future but my choices did. It was a great pleasure to have her on DOZ Show and a greater pleasure to bring that interview to you in this segment of DOZ Magazine. As you read, I hope that you are inspired to be all that you can be. And I know that I speak for Leia when I say that we hope this interview causes you to be reminded of your childhood dreams and to keep reaching for them. Hello Leia. I am excited to have you on this show and to learn about you and your amazing journey. So, I was hoping that you would begin by telling us a little bit about yourself. Leia, I know you got divorced a few years ago. I just want to learn about how you were able to turn that situation around. So, what was it like when your marriage came to an end, because you had no clue that was going to happen, it was not part of the plan, you were not envisaging it, but it happened, and you had to return to your parents’ home and sleep in your childhood bedroom all over again. What was it like for you? Sure. My name is Leia Baez, and I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska in the United States. I have a Bachelors degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I’ve always loved going to school. I worked as a journalist for about 14 years, I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor here in Omaha Nebraska, but now I work in government communications. It’s very similar, but just a different speed I guess, different atmosphere in the workplace but I absolutely love my job now. I am very passionate about everything health and fitness; I love doing workouts, it’s like a stress reliever for me, so I enjoy doing that. And of course, I love spending time with my family and doing different activities with my daughter And just to be the best mum that I can be for her. And I also enjoy being involved in the community here where I serve as a mentor to youth and a volunteer for a variety of non-profits and those sort of things. Yeah, I mean that was definitely the most devastating time of my life. One of those moments when you question why is this happening to me? And can I turn back the time, can I turn back the clock? Because I wish that things would not have been this way or that I could change certain things. And you know I was heartbroken. I felt like I had had so many years of my life that were just gone and thrown away almost and so that was really difficult for me. I couldn’t comprehend, I mean my parents have been married for more than thirty years, and so I didn’t come from a divorced home, and so for me, that was really hard to accept and so when I had to move back into my parents’ home, it really felt like a demotion in life. You know, I had bought Awesome. Your life sounds very exciting. Thanks (she laughs). 21 DOZ Magazine | November 2018