Today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman inspires me to be a kinder, gentler, more grace-filled person. She has personally impacted my life in so many ways–too numerous to count. She is my former boss and current friend. (How many people can say that about a former boss?!?) In the time I worked under her leadership, she taught me about prioritizing family and faith, listening without judgement, the value of being present and caring deeply. As the Executive Director of Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, she doesn’t just talk the talk. She walks the walk. Every. Single. Day.
It is an honor and privilege to introduce you to Linda Allen, a real life Wonder Woman.
KR: What brings you joy and fulfillment?
LA: I truly enjoy serving and helping others. My current position at Quiet Oaks Hospice enables me to do just that–whether contributing to our team, assisting families as they navigate their journey or sitting with our residents and helping them make sense of their circumstances. I have found my niche with Quiet Oaks and feel blessed to be doing work that fills my soul.
I am proud to be a Rotarian and enjoy volunteering. I just recently returned from a humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic where we worked together to help bring clean water to communities that had none. It was the second time I traveled there and I truly enjoyed the experience, despite the boa constrictor and tarantulas that shared my sleeping space.
Lastly, I love time spent with my family. I have two beautiful daughters and am so proud of them. As a single mom we were often the three musketeers. I have truly enjoyed watching them become young women, pursuing their own passions. and finding their way in the world. My granddaughter, Brynn brings me great joy. This phase is truly a gift and fulfillment of the cycle of life.
KR: Sweet Brynn is adorable! How has becoming a grandma changed your perspective?
LA: What an incredible gift! I was so blessed to be part of Brynn’s arrival into this world and have made a point to stay connected on a very regular basis. She is growing and changing so fast! Her arrival has helped me focus on the preciousness of the time we have on this earth. I see it daily in my work at Quiet Oaks but it really helps to focus my intent and purpose on those things I value most. I think we all need to be challenged to align our time with those things we hold most dear–living with intention and focusing on those important relationships are key. I am so blessed to be able to do that and Brynn is helping me find more balance and clarity in this.
KR: You know I’m a firm believer that we all have inner superpowers. What are some of yours?
LA: I believe that I am compassionate and caring as well as people-focused. As a Rotarian, I live the motto ‘Service Above Self.’ I am honest and sincere. I strive to be authentic and hope one day to be punctual–not one of my character traits, unfortunately.
KR: Can you tell us about an influential woman in your life and how she inspired you?
LA: My mother has been my greatest inspiration and example of someone who is kind, caring and compassionate. I have learned so much by her example of what it means to be a servant leader. I have always stood in awe of the way she gives of herself. She is a faith-filled woman and I know finds comfort and joy in being of service to others and putting a smile on their faces. I try to emulate her and all she has taught me. I am so happy God called me to be hers!
KR: You work hard. I can vouch for that! What do you do for fun? Any hobbies you’d like to share?
LA: I like traveling, reading, volunteering, playing the harp, singing, and spending time with family and friends.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
LA: Life is flying by so quickly and I think the ability to possess ‘Time Pause’ would be something I might engage now and again. I remember as I was growing up people would often remark that life goes by more quickly as we age and how true that is!
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
LA: Life will not always be easy–or fair. You will manage though and through the trials and tribulations you will come to learn many things about yourself and your capabilities. You are stronger and braver than you think you are. The things you think are big things really aren’t in the grand scheme of things. Take them in stride and keep doing your best. You will be an example to others and can be proud of your ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. Laugh and have fun. Life is short and you never know how much time you will have with those you love. Never take leave of family without first sharing those three little words…‘I love you.’
If you’d like to learn more about Quiet Oaks Hospice House and the work Linda does, visit their website at: quietoakshospicehouse.org