We had the good fortune of connecting with Claudia Mead McBride and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claudia Mead, why did you pursue a creative career?
Generally speaking, I’ve always pursued artistic or creative careers! Mostly because people need inspiration, and I can help them see there’s a way they can accomplish their dreams. I’ve started several successful businesses including 40 years as a realtor, developer, and owner of a construction company. I set up a profitable program for Habitat for Humanity, a Food Bank at Ft Apache, AZ, and an Etiquette School for pre-teens, using my Art degree, psychology, and interpersonal communication background. I’ve traveled extensively, was a chartered airline stewardess in the late 60’s, and have created a Poetry by Claudia ZCMI, blog. But what I’d like to tell you about is my most recent career called Life Skills for Confidence. These 24 video lessons for preteens, teens, and young adults, have been created from material I wrote for teaching etiquette classes in the community. Recently my daughter, Addie Rausch, encouraged me to put these lessons online so, with her expertise and computer skills, and her as our mentor, we’ve been able to produce amazing lessons inspiring teens as they transform into responsible, caring young adults! We currently see leadership skills manifested, and positive directions being taken by the young people who have gone through our Life Skills for Confidence program. This by far, is my legacy and the accomplishment I’m most proud of, in my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve trying several forms of artistic expression and have fallen comfortably in the category of being a writer. My poetry began while traveling to Viet Nam during the war as an airline stewardess and the passion and mystery were quickly expressed through my poetry. Over the years I’ve written many advertisements & descriptions, grants, programs, and personal stories. Now as the author and founder of Life Skills for Confidence I write extensive lessons, do the editing, and write for emails and ads to advertise our online program for Teens. At the age of 75, I want to do a biography based on the many miles I’ve journeyed and the joy and blessings I’ve had from trusting and walking hand in hand with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Curious, confident, but mostly courageous lessons have come my way.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My hangout is often Bluff, Utah at the ReCapture Lodge. It’s organic, has an outdoor pool & hot tub, with rooms that are affordable, clean, comfortable, and has a massive library of maps of the area where you can go for a day outing, and hike to the backs of nearby canyons to visit prehistoric Anasazi Indian ruins that are unmarked and unknown to most. Down the road, a piece is Sand Island Campground with an astonishing collection of pictographs and petroglyphs along their wall, across from the San Juan River and boat ramp. A place to play along a beach with friends and dogs. My “go-to place” to eat is 20 minutes beyond the Sand Island to Mexican Hat where there is a restaurant by the bridge that over looks the San Juan river. The book store there is worth checking out as well as Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation, which is not far from there. Bluff has quaint sandwich & coffee shops, a museum and a fascinating bookstore on the other end of town. Since it’s off the beaten path, you won’t find many tourists! Ha!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Shoutout and dedication go to my daughter, Addie Rausch. After graduating from college as a young adult from ASU with an Applied Psychology degree, she promptly began a successful career. Her 10 great years as a corporate manager, mostly in the Health Care Environment gave her the knowledge to work with business systems and technology. Although she loved the comfort of the corporate world, her true passion was for guiding teens. Being an entrepreneur came to life when she joined forces with me to create an online Personal Development space for teenagers called, Life Skills for Confidence. Since then we have been developing an impressive online program to provide Teens with guidance at an early age, giving them advantages to living the life they desire. Addie was the best thing to happen for me and I love working with such a wonderful person who is so talented!
Other: www.lifeskillsconfidence.com ….. takes you to our page for our Life Skills Course, a free stress evaluator to download, and a positive suggestions printout. The course is only $197 or $147 with the code TAKE50