Name: Paula Monthofer
Title: President-Elect Arizona Association of REALTORS®, Co-Founder reLaunch Conferences,
Owner Focus School of Real Estate, REALTOR®, Director of Feasting, Mom
Kids: Daughter, Samantha Ann
City you live in: Flagstaff
A typical day in my life includes… getting woken up by my daughter at 7 a.m., making her breakfast and driving her to school while we decide what kind of day we are going to have. Then I am off to a quick early morning showing before I hit the road to go speak somewhere in AZ and as soon as it ends I drive back home to make dinner with my family.
I was born… another sassy Italian in Philadelphia.
My favorite thing about Arizona… is how the sunsets drew me to move here and reminds me how beautiful change can be.
I am currently listening to… how to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk.
My family… includes not only my husband, daughter and relatives, it also includes many friends I consider family – and whom Sam Ann calls Aunts and Uncles – and our fur babies- two dogs: Sierra Marinara (she is Italian like me) and Maybach; one cat – Whiskey Moon.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Samuel Clemens.
One thing I cannot live without… real connection.
When I was younger, I wanted to be… Wonder Woman… and I wasn’t messing around. I had the underoos and everything.
I am inspired by… people who fail and get back up again.
The one person who motivates me is… my daughter. She motivates me to constantly be improving myself.
If I could change anything in the world, it would be… hunger. Imagine if the whole world went to bed with a full belly… and a bed.
The perfect day would be… eggs Benedict with my family and a relaxed morning spent reading something which makes me a better mom, business person or person, a hike to a picnic with a gorgeous AZ view, an afternoon spent playing scrabble with my husband while Sam reigns as Queen of the backyard. Then, catching another breathtaking AZ sunset before ending the day with a uniquely delicious dinner with family and great friends who make me laugh so hard my face and belly hurt the next day.
My first job was… teaching tap, jazz and ballet dancing to little girls – I was 12.
My favorite escape… Cathedral Rock in Sedona.
My life… is abundant, beautiful and has shown me how focusing on what I want makes it manifest.
I am currently working on…planning for 2017 in my role as President of the Arizona Association of REALTORS® next year, thanking everyone who helped make our last reLaunch Conference such a HUGE success and beginning to organize the next one. And being fully present.
Always… remember worthiness does not come from accomplishments, accolades or others. It comes from within and you are more than deserving of it.
Never… never never never never never quit.
Favorite Quote… “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Biggest Dream…to become an international motivational speaker who empowers thousands of people to believe in themselves and to live wildly audacious lives. To be an incredibly present and loving mom to Sam Ann and wife to Mark.
My Pet Peeve(s)… people ignoring common courtesy. Please and thank you make the world a better place.