Life Lessons: Tiffany Rodriguez

Are you happy at the moment?

Yes, I am in a happy mood; I now understand that happiness is an emotion and it comes and goes in response to situations that life brings. I hold on to having JOY at ALL TIMES no matter the circumstances of life.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would tell my 16-year-old self to not worry about what other people think of me and my choices in life. I would also tell myself at that time to have more courage and failure in life is not bad, it’s not ever trying in life, that is failing.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

This year, I have learned to let go and Trust in God daily, December 2011, I had emergency abdominal surgery during Christmas and with that experience, I lost my job and was on a long road to recovery in addition to other ongoing health issues. This situation forced me to truly enjoy the simplest gifts in life. I have found that I have been more present during this year then I have been in my adult life. So grateful for being in the season of STILLNESS.

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

I would like to tap into what my passion is in life and how that passion can evolve into a career that I will enjoy.

What’s your secret to happiness?

Realizing that nothing in life is about me, life can change in an instant, appreciate and have gratitude daily.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Daily prayer, meditation and having a mindset of being thankful daily.

What’s your biggest regret?

I realize I could have made better choices that would have put me on a different course in life, I have learned not to regret any decisions because I would not be who I am and where I am in life .

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I believe teaching my son and daughter to have empathy and not to take people’s actions personally, people are going through more than they can imagine. Be kind to one another.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

A bad habit I would like to change about myself is having a self defeating attitude about possible accomplishments for a career.

Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I am proud of completing my undergraduate degree after putting my education on hold to have children. Despite the obstacles placed before during that time, surgeries and divorce, I never gave up and for that experience I am always grateful. I know that I can do anything as long as I believe I can.

When were you happiest?

I remember to keep life simple and live in the now. My happy place is the Beach!

What ten words best describe you?

Mother, wife, courageous, kind, faithful, honest, patient, joyful, funny and dependable.

Tiffany J Rodriguez was born in Augsburg, Germany and raised in Augusta, Georgia (Home of the Masters). She graduated with a B.S. degree in Organizational Administration from University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. She is a stay at home mother to an incredible 15 year old Son, and 13 year old daughter and wife to her amazing husband for almost 4 years. She enjoys shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.