ARTICLES ABOUT BELINDA
Who is the person you most admire? The person(s) I admire the most are teachers of children of all ages. These
are the people who help shape the future of our children who will, in turn, shape the future of our communities, our
country, our nation and our world. Our teachers don't get huge "sign-in" bonuses, yet they tackle the most
monumental job of helping to bring meaning, direction and purpose to young impressionable lives. Our teachers
don't receive high awards or television coverage, yet the fruits of their labor are distributed in the fields of the
world, cultivating potential achievers now and establishing deep roots in futuristic accomplishments. Our teachers
receive the hugs and smile of our future leaders, yet they receive little regard by those who would place monetary
value on their lives. Our teachers are over-worked and under-paid, yet they take their jobs seriously and they give
of their lives unselfishly.
What is your favorite quote? "I find increasingly that I am no longer content to live in the barnyard of familiar
comfort just for the relative security that seems to be there, I want to live by faith...in barrier-breaking,
mountain-moving, sea-parting, sun-stopping, river-drying, fire-falling, triumphant faith!"
-Anne Graham Lotz
What is your most treasured material possession? Photographs of my family, both those who have gone on
and those who are still with me.
What is your favorite charity? Children and family causes: Joshua House, Children's Home, St. Joe's Children's
Hospital, Brandon Care Pregnancy Center, etc.
What is your favorite restaurant? Olive Garden and Carrabba's.
What is your greatest extravagance? Buying too many shoes!
What was your first job out of school? Working as a cashier at a dry cleaners.
What is your philosophy for doing business and the reason for your success? Success for me is measured by
what I've done for others and not what I've received from others. If success is measured by what I own, how
wealthy I am or by what fame I've acclaimed, then I am poor. But if my success is measured by the lives that have
been touched through the work God is doing through me, how many good friends I have and how great my kids
turned out to be in spite of me, then I am one extremely rich woman!
May the work I've done speak for me.
What is your favorite hot spot or hang out? Anywhere there is some good jazz music!
Where is your favorite place to shop? Westshore Mall!
What are your hobbies? Hanging out with my grandson, Derek III, reading in the backyard, bowling, watching
Law and Order, one-tank-day trips and walking.
What is your fondest childhood memory? In the kitchen helping my Mama Rosa cook as we sung good 01'
spirituals (like only she could sing 'em!)
What is your idea of the perfect day off? Being in a quiet place where no one knows who you are except the
great guy you're with (from my lips to God's ears), sightseeing and resting.
When you dream of your future, what do you see? I see myself living out God's purpose for my life...whatever
that will be. My future is REALLY in His hands.
If you could put yourself in any moment in time, where would you go? Back to Tanzania, Africa.
What don't people know about you?'1 am a closet recluse and introvert.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd be a better manager of money.
What three words best describe you? Talented, Faithful-Friend and Encouraging. tbb