Get to know Ali Ginnett, owner of Celebration Meetings & Events, Glastonbury, Conn.
1. What’s playing on your iPod?
I love all music, from pop to disco. I think I had the first Walkman. Dave Matthews, Madonna, Train, Rob Thomas, Foo Fighters, Bee Gees. My kids have to tell me to turn the music down. I think music has incredible power to help us through our feelings and emotions, and can both motivate and calm us.
2. It’s time for a second career. What do you choose?
To be a speaker who can inspire and encourage people to get their groove and confidence and make the most out of this life.
3. What is your hidden talent?
Nothing is hidden in my life, which in itself is a talent. I think my talent is probably that I am goal-oriented. I have run two marathons. If I agree with the goal, am passionate about the goal, nothing will stop me.
4. What is your favorite cause or charity?
I just started volunteering for a women’s organization called the Connecticut Women’s Alliance, which consists of energetic women from all walks of life, who want to help all women take the next step toward health, happiness, business, and wealth. The purpose of the organization is to support the advancement of women and girls through educational programming and events. I am the event planner (big surprise there). I would eventually like a branch of it to reach out to teenage girls to help them through the rough years and gain the confidence they need.
5. What’s your top travel tip?
Travel often and experience it all.
6. What’s always in your refrigerator?
Diet Coke. I would like to say it isn’t, but it is a true love in my life.
7. What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It changed my life. It is about the four agreements you make with yourself to live your best life: the power of your word; don’t take things personally; don’t assume; and do your best.
8. What is your favorite quote or piece of advice?
I am full of quotes, the one that is sticking lately is “If it is what it is, make the most of what is.” Another favorite: "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstance they want, and if they can't find them, make them.”—George Bernard Shaw
And I have learned recently that advice should really be asked for. I am trying to get in the habit of asking first if people want my advice. It is hard, because I always want to help, but not everybody really wants help—they just want to be heard.
9. Who inspires you?
I don’t want to sound cliché, but it would have to be my kids. When I see parts of my personalities in them it makes me look at other ways I could handle some of my relationships. They also encourage me to be a kid again. It is so much more fun to be engaged in life then to be on the sidelines watching.
10. What do you do to stay healthy?
Number one for me is exercise. It clears my head, makes me feel good all over, even if the clothes are tight at the moment. If my head is clear, then I am confident and all other choices are naturally healthy.