I met Mary Turner Gajda when she was a DJ with Classic Hits 94.1fm.Â She was always so inviting and willing to have me come on her show and talk about Wharton Center events.Â Once I learned she loved to sing karaoke (and has an incredible voice) I knew we were going to be great friends.
What I truly admire about Mary is her determination to spend time doing what she loves even though itâs sometimes difficult with her demanding work schedule. She reminds me the importance of taking time out for yourself and the positives that come with it. One of Maryâs passions is photography, especially boudoir photography. (www.studiomportraits.com www.boudoirbymary.com ) Â She also keeps a blog that continues to inspire me!
When I needed to find a new co-anchor for FOX 47âs MORNING BLEND I immediately thought of Mary.Â Thursday afternoons are my favorite day of the week because I get to hang around Mary Turner Gajda who is truly beautiful both on the inside and out!
Who what inspires you?Â
My husband Tim inspires me! He may not love that I am so busy all the time between my business and jobs â but he supports me, and pushes me.Â He always tells me, âif I want something go out and grab it.âÂ Itâs pretty no nonsense when you think about it!
Iâm also inspired by my business partner Marvin Hall.Â He has mentored me in photography and taught me about reciprocity.Â The business of photography is very competitive, yet Marvin took time out of his busy schedule to teach me âand many othersâ tricks of the trade.Â A lot of photographers wouldnât do this. Marvinâs helped me reach a new level of skill and that has inspired me to help others.Â Marvin and I now work together, and we try to help inspire each other creatively.
And honest to goodness Iâm inspired by a certain blogger, TV personality, karaoke buddy, and PR guy named Bob Hoffman, who teaches me to rid myself of toxic people and situations and find joy in the now.
Do you have a slogan, motto or mantra?
My husband and I try hard to live by âwants verses needâ.Â We live in a âgot to have it nowâ world and we are trying to stop and think â âDo we WANT this now, or do we NEED this nowâ before we make a major decision.Â I also say to the kids, âif no one died, itâs not worth stressing over.â They roll their eyes at that one, but itâs a simple strategy for stress avoidance, if you donât take it too literally!
Do you have a lesson or thought to share?
Life is short.Â Iâve dealt with some pretty crazy illness in the past (meningitis, more than once), Iâve lost friends and loved ones, Iâve had jobs and dreams come and go.Â But in the end all that matters is Iâm still hereâ¦and Iâm still tickinâ.
How do you deal with stress?
I deal with stress through music â whether itâs relaxing/meditation music or my favorite jams â I use it to pull myself out of stress funks.
I also deal with stress through visualization. My happy place is anywhere near water, with waves crashing and birds singing.Â If I canât take myself their physically, Iâm at the beach an awful lot in my head.
Anything you want to share?
Iâve been through some hard times I didnât feel like I was âlivingâ.Â Somehow it took me until my mid 40âs to make big things happen.Â Suddenly I found myself singing in a rock band, co- owning a photography studio, and co-hosting a TV segmentâ¦.all on top of my day job.Â It is never too late to start living your life!