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September 17, 2003: Diary Entry

My life is so blessed. I have three beautiful daughters.

Rachel Shane is 14 and in the 9th grade. She is articulate, sensible, and wise. Her mind is not a shallow place, but complex and blessed. She is happy, joyous, and free.

Halie Mae is caring, friendly, and quit-witted. She has intelligent humor and an intuition of empathy and love.

Ema Irene is opinionated and sensitive all at once. She is a girl with an extensive vocabulary, much needed to express her many thoughts and observations.

They all have incredible deductive reasoning skills. My life, and the fact that I get to share my life with these beautiful children of God has been the best blessing of all.

I am thankful that these people know me through and through and still love me. I don’t ask for more.

My children and I have a family foundation, which is filled with love, laughter, sometimes misunderstandings, arguments, patience and impatience, but through it all, love.

—I now have four daughters. Valerie was born in 2011. She is very smart, enjoys building through Lego kits and Minecraft. She keeps me busy with her stories and ideas. She makes my world a better place.

By Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities.

An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's.

I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child.
I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing.

So for me, my goal is two-fold:

1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and,

2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board.

There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not.

I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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