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Life Lessons:
Sara Broers

*Are you happy at the moment?

I am the happiest I have been in years. Once our youngest son graduated from high school I felt like a ton of bricks was lifted off of me.

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

Do not let others determine your destination, you set your goals, not others.

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

Once I realized that it is OK to toot my own horn now and then, things moved forward for me. If you don’t toot your own horn, who will do it for you?

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

I want Social Connections, LLC, my new company, to be recognized as a respected company when it comes to social media.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Let the past be the past! Look forward each day. Choose to be happy and you will be happy. Do not get sucked into the negative side of life, let that all go by the wayside. Surround yourself with people you want to be like.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Walking down my gravel road surrounded by Iowa cornfields and the peace and quiet that come from living in the country.

*What’s your biggest regret?

My biggest regret is not having the courage to step out of my comfort zone to start an LLC at an earlier time in my life.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kids?

Life can kick you down, but don’t let it. You pull up your bootstraps and move forward. Now, having spent one year of learning how to walk again (2006-2007) I can tell you this- If you set your mind to anything, you can do it. You are the only person setting yourself back. Several folks in the medical field told me that I would never walk again without assistance. I walk today without a cane. My kids are stronger because of this, they have seen how life can change in an instant. They saw how hard I worked to get where I am today.

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

Biting my fingernails. Yep, I have done this all of my life.

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood, what are you most proud of in your life?

I am proud to be a farmer’s daughter. Growing up on an Iowa farm taught me how to work hard and enjoy life. Coincidentally, I did marry the neighbor boy, almost 27 years ago. When were you happiest? NOW! I look forward to the so called “empty nest” and am excited about where All In An Iowa Mom’s Day, Travel With Sara, and Social Connections, LLC are heading!

*What ten words best describe you?

Energetic, enthusiastic, determined, thinker, passionate, helpful, challenged, chatty, curious, and clumsy.

Sara Broers resides in Iowa with her husband of 26 years. They have two grown sons, ages 18 and 22. Sara started blogging in 2009 and immediately embraced Social Media. With two bouts of thyroid cancer and a year of learning how to walk again, Sara has learned to pull up her bootstraps and keep on pushing forward. Follow Sara on Twitter @TravelWithSara to keep up with her adventures.