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Sponsor 7 Q+A: Adam Shallenberger, V. Picasso

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We had our ticket sales kick-off party at V. Picasso, we’ve met a couple times to figure out our LadyFest drink of the weekend (yeah, those were difficult meetings—thank you bartender extraordinaire, Josh), and we’re having our After Party at V. Picasso — suffice to say, we love it there. And we love Adam even more!



What are you grateful for today?
I am grateful for LIFE! Whether it is being the role model for my son, Miles, or being able to do what I love everyday. Life is hard, but life is also kind.

Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
I work too much to have friends, but Madeleine Johnson is my best friend. She has been on a roller coaster of ups and downs with me, and always brings me back to center.

Describe one of the best days of your life.
The day my son was born is easily the best day of my life, and a lot of events in that day add to the awesome. Whether it was talking to him and saying his name for the first time, and Miles turning his head to find me in the room…(I talked to him every night while he was in the belly, sang him songs, and said his name OVER AND OVER AND OVER) to kicking Madeleine’s Dad out of the room, because we all know a birthing room is no place for an office. The joy I felt will never wander.

What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
The golden rule. Not really a lesson, but if you treat people the way you want to be treated, it usually turns out for the best. Imagine if everyone followed this rule…

I am a self proclaimed momma’s boy. I don’t think there is a lesson she has taught me that isn’t the best lesson i’ve ever learned, and if I didn’t learn that lesson, my ass did.

We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I have a knack for making people smile. Changing someone’s day with a little humor and charm could mean the difference in a ok day to fabulous day. Try it, it works… SMILE!

What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
What couldn’t we all do to make the community better? Rhetorical?

Go back and look at your life in 10 year periods. The way this world has changed, the way our community has changed, is night and day. I think it starts with a firm foundation at home, but when that foundation doesn’t develop properly, who is there to fill in the cracks or the missing blocks of our Youth? 1 in 5 kids in Champaign County goes hungry everyday, could we all donate food to our local food pantry to make sure that every kid in our reach was fed?

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Afraid? Regrets? Almost the same if you look at it closely. Which brings me back to #1. I am grateful for life. I don’t live afraid, and know that I will make mistakes. When you surround yourself with people who bring you back to center, and learn those valuable life lessons while growing up, there is no reason to be afraid. And if I screw up, my ass will learn that lesson! (Thanks Mom!)

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