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Our next lovely woman from our Fabulous 40 project is….Diane Lyons!
Diane is originally from Wethersfield, Connecticut, and is a retired Executive Recruiter- CEO. She loves to sing! In 2006 Diane was encouraged by one of her mentors to participate in a class called "Finding Your Voice." The course taught her about the importance of self-confidence, self-worth, poise, and the proper way to sing. At the age of 52, she discovered she had a beautiful singing voice! She participated in the class three additional times and set a goal to be paid to perform. A mere six months later, she was asked to perform with a band at an anniversary party with 100 guests in attendance! Diane's life has changed in so many ways because of singing. It brings her great joy and is something she can do anytime and anywhere!
Her greatest accomplishment is being able to be a part of the Big Sister Program twice. Although Diane does not have her own biological children, the program significantly impacted her life. Her first little sister has been married since 1987 and is the proud mother of three sons. She is also now a grandmother to two little girls. Diane's second little sister is also the proud mother of three children and is a very successful realtor in Southern California. Being able to play the role of a big sister to these two women is something that Diane believes helped develop the life skills they now have that have shaped who they are today.
Diane's personal motto is to "Talk WITH people, not AT them." When she was a child, her family would visit the lake on weekends. During the journey to the lake, they would pass over a toll bridge. Whenever they stopped to pay the toll, her father would always give the toll booth attendant some sort of treat, such as a donut or cookie, and briefly chat with them. One day, Diane asked her father if the toll attendant was one of his friends. Her father replied no, but the man sat in a hot metal booth all day, working a thankless job breathing in exhaust fumes. Her father went on to say that most people never talked with the man; they spoke AT him or didn't speak to him at all. This lesson stuck with Diane to this very day, and she makes sure to speak WITH everyone that she comes into contact with.
Her advice to her eighteen-year-old self would be to believe in herself because she is worthy. As an eighteen-year-old, Diane lacked confidence and self-worth, allowing others to control and abuse her. She had some very negative thoughts, believing that no one would ever love or cherish her. Diane wants everyone to know that there is a way out- you are worthy, and there are people who love and care about you that will help you!
Diane believes in treating all people with kindness and respect, no matter who they are or their role in life. She also loves the quote by Abraham Lincoln, "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." She chooses to be happy!