Your Turn

Your Turn/Diane Vose

Posted: Oct. 8, 2017 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a mother, and it's still the best job I have. (Although I've heard being a grandparent is even better.)

What would you rather be doing right now? I love to travel, read, hang out with family and watch football. I love a great defense.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I'm in a fantasy football league and have no idea what I'm doing!

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating from college. I was the first in my family.

It really stinks when ... people play the victim. Everyone has a circumstance in their life that is a reason not to succeed. Do it anyway.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Probably stubborn. I'm usually pretty easy-going, but if it's a subject I have a strong feeling about, I'm not easily swayed.

I always laugh when ... I'm with my sons, Chase and Chance. They are the funniest comedy duo I know.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My nephew, Travis, who died too soon. I miss his "disruption" at every family dinner he was at. My Grandma Likes, who would laugh at Travis, and hopefully bring her homemade noodles and blackberry cobbler. My sister and best friend, Denise, who would love to see Travis (her son) and Grandma, and who I always have the best time with, not matter what we do.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a walk or read a book.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... I actually polled my three best high school friends for this answer. They said "smart," "mature" and "bookworm." I plead the Fifth on the rest of what was said.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I waited on Jim Edgar and his wife at a political reception in Springfield when he was the governor of Illinois. He and his wife were very gracious. I was very nervous.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel. I love to experience new places. There's always something to learn.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... go scuba diving. I am claustrophobic.

America should be more concerned about ... building resilience in children and adults. We need to teach people the tools they need to function and be an asset in the complex world we live in.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... My husband would say shoes, but I beg to differ.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Pinterest. I love to see everyone else's great ideas.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Follow your gut. I don't know where I first heard it, but it makes me realize I know what to do. I just need to block out the "noise" and make the best decision for me. This applies to every part of life, from parenting and work to relationships.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country music when I'm with my family; silence when I'm alone. I like to think in the car.

I always get sentimental when ... I'm around babies and small children. There's nothing better than a baby's smile and laugh.

The older I get, the more I realize ... things don't matter. People and experiences do.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have enjoyed my children more and worried less about how they'd turn out. They're great people.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my Asics tennis shoes. If I have them on, I am exercising, which is good for body and soul.

If I've learned anything at all ... I've learned that most of the things you worry about are not important. Pay attention to your faith, family and internal compass. The rest will take care of itself.

Diane Vose, 50, grew up outside of Griggsville and graduated from Griggsville High School and the University of Illinois-Springfield. She has been married to Mitch for 28 years. They have two sons, Chase and Chance, and a daughter-in-law, Megan. Vose worked in early intervention and pre-kindergarten while raising her sons. As the youngest headed off for college, she contemplated a career change. She became a student navigator for John Wood Community College, then manager for the Community Based Outreach Department and, as of July 1, Manager of Regional Centers and Community Based Outreach. She loves working at JWCC. The college has done amazing things in the last three years, and Vose is excited to see where the next few years take it.

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