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20 questions with Coach Selena Smith

Selena Smith is known by many as Coach Selena because she is a career development coach to students at Spartanburg Community College. As founder and CEO of her own nonprofit, Find Your Voice in Life, she is also actively involved with several local and state community outreach and development groups and organizations. Above it all, she’s also mom to her 12-year-old son, Kyler.

1. What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has ever done?

Everything. My son is very charismatic and brings tons of smiles with his impersonations, jokes and dance moves.

2. What’s the most challenging thing about being a working parent?

Making time for myself. All the moms reading this take some me-time. You all deserve it.

3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?

My mom would invite my entire family over once a month for mismatched Sunday dinner. Nothing matched because she cooked defrosted foods to clean out her freezer! We had the best times laughing and having fun.

4. What’s your favorite food?

Lemon Peppered Salmon

5. Where’s the best place in the Upstate to take the kids?

Big Air Trampoline Park

6. How did you come up with your son’s name?

His name came to me in a dream while I was pregnant.

7. When you were younger, what did you want to be?

A psychologist.

8. What is something important life has taught you?

Success is the only option.

9. What is your favorite family ritual?

Praying with my son and making our daily affirmations while driving to school each morning.

10. What would surprise people about you?

I have a quiet side. Though I spend my days talking, presenting and teaching, I do enjoy my daily dose of quiet time.

11. What has surprised you most about being a parent?

Having the innate ability to love another person more than anyone or anything else. I love my son, to the point that I would without question give my life for his if I had to.

12. What is the worst parenting advice you ever received?

Only go to your child’s school if something is wrong, No! Volunteer, and communicate often with their teachers. If your child sees you take an interest in their education, they will take an interest as well. Parents are the primary advocate for their children.

13. What is the best parenting advice you ever received?

Don’t aim to be the perfect parent. Strive to be the most involved parent.

14. What do you think is the best gift parents can give their child?

Encouragement. If you show up for your children, they will exceed all expectations placed before them.

15. What is your favorite TV show?

“This Is Us.” Everyone from any walk of life can relate to this show. The show reminds you that people are more alike than they are different.

16. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would you choose?

Michelle Obama. She is the greatest modern day example of a well-rounded, educated, successful and family-focused mom.

17. What’s your favorite restaurant?

Cheesecake Factory

18. Who do you admire most, and why?

My mom, Mrs. Betty. She always encourages me to use my God-given gifts and talents to make a positive impact on someone else’s life.

19. What always makes you laugh?

Funny movies, funny TV shows and funny people. My son and I have a habit of laughing so hard that our eyes tear up! Laughter is great for the soul.

20. What book do you most recommend to others?

The Bible. There is an answer in that book for every question you have to handle life’s occurrence.