Every morning Diane Forster hops out of bed, starfishes her arms and legs, looks up and says, “I have today to love my life! Something really good is going to happen to me today! I can feel it! Miracles, big and small, I notice them all! Yes, yes, yes! Thank you!” She said she sets the intention for miracles, which come to her every day.
The Road to LeadershipQ: What sacrifices have you had to make to be an entrepreneur? A: I wouldn’t use that word personally, but I would say that I have traded certain aspects of what others would call “normal” to pursue my passion, purpose and dreams, while they might say something about how much time I spend doing it. The thing is, when you do what you love, even the work doesn’t feel like work. Q: Can you tell us about a time you were underestimated and how have you handled it? A: In June 2009, I came up with an idea for a kitchen product because of a frustration in the kitchen on Easter Sunday. I shared the idea with my family and a few friends. I began pursuing creating it and came up against some resistance, but I stayed the course even though I had no idea what I was doing. My mantra was, “I just want to see where this goes.” Well, where it led me to was winning an Innovation Award at the International Housewares Show in 2013 and landing a QVC appearance in 2015, where we sold out in six minutes! My message for you is to never let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do! You decide. You choose. Believe in your dreams. Believe in you. Q: What is your favorite piece of advice that you’ve received and you’d like to pass along? A: Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.
How to Handle Chaos
Q: When dealing with a ‘disaster’ (for lack of a better term), how was your emotional state? What kinds of feelings were you feeling?
A: When the economic market crash happened in 2008, my former husband and I had literally just finished a $400,000 remodel on our home. It was a scary time for so many people, including us. Our savings was depleted and our debt was massive. There was definitely a tremendous amount of fear and the feeling like we would never recoup from this. But, then I realized all the blessings we had. We both had solid, well-paying jobs, no plans to move anywhere else anyway and were able to make certain adjustments that worked in our favor. By not panicking or buying into the herded fear that so many people do, I was able to keep a positive mindset about it; be in gratitude for all I had and trust that things would turn around, which of course they did.
Q: How long do you think it took for you to be mentally prepared to take on such an instance?
A: It happened pretty quickly. I do my best to stay away from sensational news and media, and instead tune in to what feels right for me.
Inside the LeaderQ: What is your idea of perfect happiness? A: Sitting around the dinner table with people I love after a delicious meal, laughing and talking. The best! Q: Which living person do you most admire? A: Honestly … myself. I’m always striving to be a better me. I don’t want to be anyone else! Am I right, or what? Q: If you were a fictional character, which one would you be and why? A: Jeannie from the show, I Dream of Jeannie. I looked up to her as a little girl. I wanted to look like her, and I loved her magical powers! Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement? A: My twins. Hands down. Drop the mic! They are the freaking bomb. Q: What is your most treasured possession? A: A gold necklace with a heart-shaped pendant. It was my mom’s, and I keep it with me nearby all the time.
In the Works
Q: Is there anything that you’re currently working on that you’d like to promote?
A: Yes! Your mindset is everything! If you’ve been going to therapy for years, or you’re a self-help junkie, but things in your life aren’t where you want them to be, it’s because you’ve been approaching it the wrong way. It’s your mindset, but it’s not your fault. My “Rapid Mindset Shift” Program will literally open up the portal to abundance, as it has for so many others!
Q:What would you tell your teenage self about facing the uncertainty and challenge of our current situation?
A: The power is not outside of me. I am the one who is in control of my life. I get to decide how I want to feel…about everything! Even if I don’t understand why things are happening the way they are, there is still a lesson here for me. So, if I ask myself, “What can I learn from this and positively take away from this experience?” I can then use that answer to move forward with confidence instead of fear.
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News & Media Assistant
Cydney Melton is a fourth year journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but is originally from Cardiff, California. Although she has not spent much time around race cars, she has spent a lot of time riding motorcycles in the desert, on the back of her dad’s Harley and just recently got her own motorcycle license. Cydney is a big advocate for women empowerment and encouraging women in male-dominated industries. She will be working as the News and Media Assistant, highlighting the progress and power of the Athena women as they claim their spot in the racing world.