Life Lessons: Andi Parker
Are you happy at the moment?
Yes! “Happy” was what I used to wish for on stars and birthday candles, but I finally figured out it had been my choice all along.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Girl you are precious and beautiful. Those boys will tell you anything to get what they want and you don’t need any of it! You are going to do great things one day, and the only thing that can hold you back is your own fear.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
I’ve learned that fasting works. I did a 21-day Daniel Fast in January in order to start the year off with more spiritual strength and clarity. Not only was it easier than I expected, it works. I have had more focus and energy, and doors are opening!
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I want my voice to grow stronger – thru my blog and any other avenue where I can speak out to women and offer inspiration and hope through my own testimony.
What’s your secret to happiness?
I’ve decided to be happy. The decision, that’s the secret.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
I want to say kickboxing, or whatever my workout of the month is called. But what truly keeps me grounded is my best friend. When I really need a break from reality, I drive three hours to spend the weekend at her house and we stay up til 3am solving the problems of the world (and complaining about our husbands).
What’s your biggest regret?
I have a lot of crappy stuff that’s happened in my life, but I have to admit I don’t regret any of it. All the hard parts made me stronger. I hate that I got divorced, and I hate it for my kids, but again without it I wouldn’t be healthy, my kids wouldn’t be safe, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to relaunch my life.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
The most important lesson I am trying with all my might to teach my kids is that parents are human. We mess up, but our mistakes are not a reflection of their worth. God created them for a very special purpose and He is the only one who never messes up.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I am such a procrastinator! Why do I think it would kill me to ever be early?! And now I see one of my kids has learned my art of procrastination. I must be a better role model in this!
Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Seven years ago I decided that I could do anything I set my mind to. First, I lost 65 pounds over nine months. Then I realized that I’d never pursued my dream of being a TV personality because I’d believed I was too fat to be in front of the camera. So I learned how to do a traffic report and I practiced and practiced until I landed a freelance gig as a backup traffic reporter… in Dallas! It’s not often that somebody gets her first on-camera job in a top ten market. It was the first time I said, “To heck with what others say or think, I can do this!” And I did.
When were you happiest?
I am happier right now than I’ve ever been.
What ten words best describe you?
Peace-loving, kind, adventurous, compassionate, trustworthy, forgiving, resilient, energetic, ambitious, genuine.