CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS
DONNA:  Who or what inspires you creatively?
CHRISTY: Every day people inspire me. My mom, friends who I have met through our children and school, my advocacy work that has so many committed people fighting daily for the rights of girls and women around the world inspire me endlessly, my children who are so uninhibited and honest…
DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why?
CHRISTY: I have always admired Audrey Hepburn for many reasons. Her timeless sense of style, of course but it is really her fragility and humanity that I most admire.
DONNA: Tell us about your organization Every Mother Counts?
CHRISTY: I founded Every Mother Counts after experiencing a complication an hour after delivering my daughter, Grace eight years ago. I later learned that hundreds of thousands of women die each year from complications from pregnancy or childbirth, many of those from the exact same complication that I endured but survived. But so many others are not as lucky. I set out to make a documentary film to help connect women around the world through the universal experience of childbirth. “No Woman, No Cry” is about the global state of maternal health and the innumerable challenges too many women face when becoming mothers. Upon completion of the film in 2010, I founded Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Our goal is to educate and engage wider audiences and to invite them to use whatever skills they may have to prevent needless maternal deaths.
DONNA:  Tell us about your social issues campaign No Mothers Day?
CHRISTY: No Mothers Day is a powerful social issue campaign designed to further raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world who die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth at a time when people are perhaps thinking about moms the most. This campaign is collaboration between CHI & Partners and Every Mother Counts. 
The cornerstone of the campaign this Mother’s Day is a social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day because “our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers…” 
DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?
CHRISTY: With every year comes more wisdom, experience to draw upon and deeper relationships.
DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 
CHRISTY:  Today I would say it was from a very famous model named Dovima, who I met just once when I was quite new to the game. She wisely advised that I make the most of every opportunity. Every trip, every relationship, every experience. I have taken her wise words of advice into most parts of my life.
DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by?
CHRISTY: Most often, my daily mantra is “let go.” But it changes day to day. My fashion motto would probably be “less is more.”
DONNA:  Who do you admire and why?
CHRISTY: I admire too many people to name here but I have so much respect for Paul Farmer, one of the founder of Partners in Health, Jennie Joseph, a midwife in Central Florida who was profiled in “No Woman, No Cry,” Hilary Clinton is someone I have long admired for all that she is and represents for women…
DONNA: How do you handle uncertainty?  
CHRISTY: I embrace it.
DONNA:  What makes you feel powerful?  
CHRISTY: Motherhood.
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CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS

DONNA:  Who or what inspires you creatively?

CHRISTY: Every day people inspire me. My mom, friends who I have met through our children and school, my advocacy work that has so many committed people fighting daily for the rights of girls and women around the world inspire me endlessly, my children who are so uninhibited and honest…

DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why?

CHRISTY: I have always admired Audrey Hepburn for many reasons. Her timeless sense of style, of course but it is really her fragility and humanity that I most admire.

DONNA: Tell us about your organization Every Mother Counts?

CHRISTY: I founded Every Mother Counts after experiencing a complication an hour after delivering my daughter, Grace eight years ago. I later learned that hundreds of thousands of women die each year from complications from pregnancy or childbirth, many of those from the exact same complication that I endured but survived. But so many others are not as lucky. I set out to make a documentary film to help connect women around the world through the universal experience of childbirth. “No Woman, No Cry” is about the global state of maternal health and the innumerable challenges too many women face when becoming mothers. Upon completion of the film in 2010, I founded Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally. Our goal is to educate and engage wider audiences and to invite them to use whatever skills they may have to prevent needless maternal deaths.

DONNA:  Tell us about your social issues campaign No Mothers Day?

CHRISTY: No Mothers Day is a powerful social issue campaign designed to further raise awareness about the hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world who die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth at a time when people are perhaps thinking about moms the most. This campaign is collaboration between CHI & Partners and Every Mother Counts. 

The cornerstone of the campaign this Mother’s Day is a social issue film that features moms encouraging other moms to join in solidarity by disappearing May 13th, Mother’s Day because “our silence can speak the loudest for all mothers…” 

DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?

CHRISTY: With every year comes more wisdom, experience to draw upon and deeper relationships.

DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

CHRISTY:  Today I would say it was from a very famous model named Dovima, who I met just once when I was quite new to the game. She wisely advised that I make the most of every opportunity. Every trip, every relationship, every experience. I have taken her wise words of advice into most parts of my life.

DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by?

CHRISTY: Most often, my daily mantra is “let go.” But it changes day to day. My fashion motto would probably be “less is more.”

DONNA:  Who do you admire and why?

CHRISTY: I admire too many people to name here but I have so much respect for Paul Farmer, one of the founder of Partners in Health, Jennie Joseph, a midwife in Central Florida who was profiled in “No Woman, No Cry,” Hilary Clinton is someone I have long admired for all that she is and represents for women…

DONNA: How do you handle uncertainty? 

CHRISTY: I embrace it.

DONNA:  What makes you feel powerful? 

CHRISTY: Motherhood.

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KARLIE KLOSS
DONNA: What is your relationship with fashion?KARLIE: That’s a good question. I think it’s an evolving and ever-changing one that I am growing to love more every day. DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear or shop for?KARLIE: I love shopping for Bras and socks, I’m a sucker for cute little bras…(I have a favorite little boutique in Paris that I love for bras!) and who do doesn’t love a new pair of socks? DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively? KARLIE: Music! I am greatly influenced and inspired when I listen to music. I love when I’m on set or about to step onto the runway and i get inspired by the music playing and get carried away by the energy and mood of the music. DONNA: If you could master one skill, what would it be and why?KARLIE: I would love to have the skill set to fly a plane…I plan on getting my pilots license someday(just for the heck of it)…Watch out :pDONNA: What makes you smile?KARLIE: My little puppy Joe always makes me smile :) DONNA: What’s the best advice you have ever received? KARLIE: “Don’t sweat the small stuff” -from my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. SaundermanDONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by? KARLIE: I have a few: “Every thing happens for a reason.” “Life is what you make it.”And I’m a great believer in karma. DONNA: Tell me something people don’t know about you? KARLIE: I always love a good deal, and I drive a hard bargain at flea markets. DONNA: Who do you admire and why? KARLIE: My mother. She is the most beautiful woman i know. She is an incredibly talented artist, has raised 4 intelligent daughters, is a 10year cancer survivor, and continues to inspire me every day. DONNA: What do you treasure most in your life? KARLIE: My family. My sisters are the most important thing in my life. DONNA: What makes you feel powerful? KARLIE: When I am wearing something I feel beautiful in, I gain a confidence that makes me feel so powerful.

KARLIE KLOSS

DONNA: What is your relationship with fashion?

KARLIE: That’s a good question. I think it’s an evolving and ever-changing one that I am growing to love more every day.

DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear or shop for?

KARLIE: I love shopping for Bras and socks, I’m a sucker for cute little bras…(I have a favorite little boutique in Paris that I love for bras!) and who do doesn’t love a new pair of socks?

DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively?

KARLIE: Music! I am greatly influenced and inspired when I listen to music. I love when I’m on set or about to step onto the runway and i get inspired by the music playing and get carried away by the energy and mood of the music.

DONNA: If you could master one skill, what would it be and why?

KARLIE: I would love to have the skill set to fly a plane…I plan on getting my pilots license someday(just for the heck of it)…Watch out :p

DONNA: What makes you smile?

KARLIE: My little puppy Joe always makes me smile :)

DONNA: What’s the best advice you have ever received?

KARLIE: “Don’t sweat the small stuff” -from my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Saunderman

DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by?

KARLIE: I have a few: “Every thing happens for a reason.” “Life is what you make it.”And I’m a great believer in karma.

DONNA: Tell me something people don’t know about you?

KARLIE: I always love a good deal, and I drive a hard bargain at flea markets.

DONNA: Who do you admire and why?

KARLIE: My mother. She is the most beautiful woman i know. She is an incredibly talented artist, has raised 4 intelligent daughters, is a 10year cancer survivor, and continues to inspire me every day.

DONNA: What do you treasure most in your life?

KARLIE: My family. My sisters are the most important thing in my life.

DONNA: What makes you feel powerful?

KARLIE: When I am wearing something I feel beautiful in, I gain a confidence that makes me feel so powerful.

ASHLEY GREENE
DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion? ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a lover of all things fashion. My personal style is constantly evolving, from growing up a beach-bum in Jacksonville, Florida to learning how to embrace couture fashion on the red-carpet while remaining true to who I am. To date, my favorite fashion moment was this year’s MET Gala. I have never felt so beautiful and am eternally thankful to Donna for that memorable moment in my career.” DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why? ASHLEY: “Audrey Hepburn would top my list. I’m in awe of her talent, her timeless sense of style, and her devotion to charity. She’s someone I look up to tremendously and would have loved to meet.” DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively? ASHLEY: “Everything! I can be inspired by a person, a place I’ve visited, a book I’ve read. For example, Alice Cullen’s style was inspired by Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.” DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older? ASHLEY: “The best thing about getting older is that you really start to find yourself and understand who you are. I’m in my 20’s and every year I grow more confident in my own skin.” DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by? ASHLEY: “Be true to yourself. Especially in this industry, where there are constant pressures, I think that’s very important. I’m grateful to my parents for raising me to believe that I have no one else’s standards to live up to but my own.” DONNA: What do you treasure most in life? ASHLEY: “My family and friends. I treasure them most in my life and know how blessed I am to have those relationships.”

ASHLEY GREENE

DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion?

ASHLEY: “I’m definitely a lover of all things fashion. My personal style is constantly evolving, from growing up a beach-bum in Jacksonville, Florida to learning how to embrace couture fashion on the red-carpet while remaining true to who I am. To date, my favorite fashion moment was this year’s MET Gala. I have never felt so beautiful and am eternally thankful to Donna for that memorable moment in my career.”

DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why?

ASHLEY: “Audrey Hepburn would top my list. I’m in awe of her talent, her timeless sense of style, and her devotion to charity. She’s someone I look up to tremendously and would have loved to meet.”

DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively?

ASHLEY: “Everything! I can be inspired by a person, a place I’ve visited, a book I’ve read. For example, Alice Cullen’s style was inspired by Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.”

DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?

ASHLEY: “The best thing about getting older is that you really start to find yourself and understand who you are. I’m in my 20’s and every year I grow more confident in my own skin.”

DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by?

ASHLEY: “Be true to yourself. Especially in this industry, where there are constant pressures, I think that’s very important. I’m grateful to my parents for raising me to believe that I have no one else’s standards to live up to but my own.”

DONNA: What do you treasure most in life?

ASHLEY: “My family and friends. I treasure them most in my life and know how blessed I am to have those relationships.”

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS
DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion?  CHRISTINA: I am inspired by fashion. I like that it allows you to convey whatever you want about yourself and that that can change on a daily basis. It is a tool that help us present ourselves to the world. DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear/shop for? CHRISTINA: I loooove hats. I have tons. I like that they frame your face and they can add whimsy to your look. And they always fit! DONNA: If you could master one more skill, what would it be and why? CHRISTINA: I would love to be truly masterful at an instrument and be able to sing like Idina Menzel. I would love to be musical. DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by? CHRISTINA: I think my motto would be.” Go with the flow”. I try to take everything as it comes. I don’t get anxiety about the future or dwell on the past. At least not THAT much! DONNA: What do you treasure most in life? CHRISTINA: I treasure my friends and husband more than anything in this world. I am so truly lucky to have people in my life that inspire me, comfort me , and teach me on a daily basis about love and respect.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS

DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion?

CHRISTINA: I am inspired by fashion. I like that it allows you to convey whatever you want about yourself and that that can change on a daily basis. It is a tool that help us present ourselves to the world.

DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear/shop for?

CHRISTINA: I loooove hats. I have tons. I like that they frame your face and they can add whimsy to your look. And they always fit!

DONNA: If you could master one more skill, what would it be and why?

CHRISTINA: I would love to be truly masterful at an instrument and be able to sing like Idina Menzel. I would love to be musical.

DONNA: Do you have a personal motto you live by?

CHRISTINA: I think my motto would be.” Go with the flow”. I try to take everything as it comes. I don’t get anxiety about the future or dwell on the past. At least not THAT much!

DONNA: What do you treasure most in life?

CHRISTINA: I treasure my friends and husband more than anything in this world. I am so truly lucky to have people in my life that inspire me, comfort me , and teach me on a daily basis about love and respect.

BROOKE SHEILDS
DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be?BROOKE: Mother Teresa, to have that kind of unadulterated pure kindness in your heart, something that comes before you do. I would love to be more like that as a person.DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?BROOKE: Feeling comfortable with your body and with how you are motivated.DONNA: What makes you smile? BROOKE: My babies. They made me realize why I am here, and they are so funny!DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?BROOKE: Stand up tall. My dad told me that- he was 6’7”.DONNA: Who do you admire and why?BROOKE: My friend Katie McGrath, she is a beautiful mother and activist, an unaffected woman even though she is ensconced in the entertainment industry. DONNA: What do you treasure most in life?BROOKE: Family and hope.DONNA: What’s the one thing you won’t give up no matter what?BROOKE: My true nature.

BROOKE SHEILDS

DONNA: If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be?

BROOKE: Mother Teresa, to have that kind of unadulterated pure kindness in your heart, something that comes before you do. I would love to be more like that as a person.

DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?

BROOKE: Feeling comfortable with your body and with how you are motivated.

DONNA: What makes you smile?

BROOKE: My babies. They made me realize why I am here, and they are so funny!

DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

BROOKE: Stand up tall. My dad told me that- he was 6’7”.

DONNA: Who do you admire and why?

BROOKE: My friend Katie McGrath, she is a beautiful mother and activist, an unaffected woman even though she is ensconced in the entertainment industry.

DONNA: What do you treasure most in life?

BROOKE: Family and hope.

DONNA: What’s the one thing you won’t give up no matter what?

BROOKE: My true nature.

MILLA JOVOVICH
DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion?MILLA: I’m like a lot of women who love to dress according to my moods. Fashion can be a great creative outlet, an expression of one’s emotions, an armor to protect or a fabric that soothes the senses. Fashion can also be a piece of art that can be worn like a sculpture. I guess my relation to fashion is having a deep appreciation for the feelings certain clothing can create.DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear/shop for?MILLA: Currently my favorite piece is this thin, long cashmere wrap I recently purchased. I can wear and wrap it in all different ways. It creates various silhouettes and layers which is a lot of fun for me.DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively?MILLA: Since the birth of my daughter Ever, I have found inspiration daily from the wonder in her eyes. She is a constant source of creativity for me.DONNA: What are you most proud of?MILLA: My daughter of course. Every other accomplishment pales in comparison.DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?MILLA: Becoming more comfortable with one’s self. Gaining the understanding that not everything revolves around me and that some of the things I viewed as problems in my youth seem insignificant now that I’m a mother.DONNA: What makes you smile?MILLA: Waking up to the sound of “Mama” and my husband playing with our daughter, he’s a very gentle soul.DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?MILLA: To live and let live. Simple words but filled with truth!DONNA: Tell us something people don’t know about you.MILLA: That I am really active with the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund. This is a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving all of the wildlife in Africa.DONNA: Who do you admire and why?MILLA: Actually, I am a great admirer of yours. You are such an incredible role model to me. First of all, you are an incredible mother, your beautiful daughter Gabby is a testament to that. Not only are you a talented designer, but you are a real woman with a strong vision which has taken your success to great heights through all of your philanthropic work. You genuinely care about the world we live in and I find your thirst for life, and your love towards others very inspiring.DONNA: What’s your best quality? Your worst?MILLA: My best quality is my ability to motivate others I suppose. At least that’s what my best friend tells me. I’d say my worst quality is that I am rather impulsive.DONNA: How do you handle uncertainty?MILLA: I’d say that I push myself pretty hard, even in the face of adversity. If I’m uncertain about something, I ask a lot of questions. I don’t give up too easily, I push forward and hope for the best knowing that I’ve given whatever it is my all.DONNA: What makes you feel powerful?MILLA: Lately I have found what gives me strength is the knowledge that nothing matters more to me than my daughter. Really…even with all the struggles that people go through, there is nothing more important at the end of the day than family and close friends. Love conquers all, right?

MILLA JOVOVICH

DONNA: What’s your relationship with fashion?

MILLA: I’m like a lot of women who love to dress according to my moods. Fashion can be a great creative outlet, an expression of one’s emotions, an armor to protect or a fabric that soothes the senses. Fashion can also be a piece of art that can be worn like a sculpture. I guess my relation to fashion is having a deep appreciation for the feelings certain clothing can create.

DONNA: What’s your favorite thing to wear/shop for?

MILLA: Currently my favorite piece is this thin, long cashmere wrap I recently purchased. I can wear and wrap it in all different ways. It creates various silhouettes and layers which is a lot of fun for me.

DONNA: Who or what inspires you creatively?

MILLA: Since the birth of my daughter Ever, I have found inspiration daily from the wonder in her eyes. She is a constant source of creativity for me.

DONNA: What are you most proud of?

MILLA: My daughter of course. Every other accomplishment pales in comparison.

DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?

MILLA: Becoming more comfortable with one’s self. Gaining the understanding that not everything revolves around me and that some of the things I viewed as problems in my youth seem insignificant now that I’m a mother.

DONNA: What makes you smile?

MILLA: Waking up to the sound of “Mama” and my husband playing with our daughter, he’s a very gentle soul.

DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

MILLA: To live and let live. Simple words but filled with truth!

DONNA: Tell us something people don’t know about you.

MILLA: That I am really active with the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund. This is a wonderful organization dedicated to preserving all of the wildlife in Africa.

DONNA: Who do you admire and why?

MILLA: Actually, I am a great admirer of yours. You are such an incredible role model to me. First of all, you are an incredible mother, your beautiful daughter Gabby is a testament to that. Not only are you a talented designer, but you are a real woman with a strong vision which has taken your success to great heights through all of your philanthropic work. You genuinely care about the world we live in and I find your thirst for life, and your love towards others very inspiring.

DONNA: What’s your best quality? Your worst?

MILLA: My best quality is my ability to motivate others I suppose. At least that’s what my best friend tells me. I’d say my worst quality is that I am rather impulsive.

DONNA: How do you handle uncertainty?

MILLA: I’d say that I push myself pretty hard, even in the face of adversity. If I’m uncertain about something, I ask a lot of questions. I don’t give up too easily, I push forward and hope for the best knowing that I’ve given whatever it is my all.

DONNA: What makes you feel powerful?

MILLA: Lately I have found what gives me strength is the knowledge that nothing matters more to me than my daughter. Really…even with all the struggles that people go through, there is nothing more important at the end of the day than family and close friends. Love conquers all, right?

IMAN
DONNA : If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why? IMAN: Nefertiti…. as I have always been compared to her because of our long necks! DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older? IMAN: Getting comfortable in my own skin.DONNA: What makes you smile? IMAN: My 8 yr old daughter trying to explain a long winded story to me. DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?IMAN: Always know your worth… my mom.DONNA: Who do you admire and why? IMAN: Non government organizations who tirelessly work on behalf of the disenfranchised. They are the angels among us.DONNA: What do you treasure most in life? IMAN: My 2 daughters.DONNA: What’s the one thing you won’t give up no matter what? IMAN: My Azzedine Alaia clothes from the 80’s.. they are all archived. Photographer Credit: Peter Lindberg

IMAN

DONNA : If you could meet any woman, living or dead, who would she be and why?

IMAN: Nefertiti…. as I have always been compared to her because of our long necks!

DONNA: What’s the best thing about getting older?

IMAN: Getting comfortable in my own skin.

DONNA: What makes you smile?

IMAN: My 8 yr old daughter trying to explain a long winded story to me.

DONNA: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

IMAN: Always know your worth… my mom.

DONNA: Who do you admire and why?

IMAN: Non government organizations who tirelessly work on behalf of the disenfranchised. They are the angels among us.

DONNA: What do you treasure most in life?

IMAN: My 2 daughters.

DONNA: What’s the one thing you won’t give up no matter what?

IMAN: My Azzedine Alaia clothes from the 80’s.. they are all archived.

Photographer Credit: Peter Lindberg


CRISTINA EHRLICH
Celebrity Stylist DONNA: What is your relationship to fashion?CRISTINA: It is a vehicle in which I express myself as both a stylist and designer. It has been a point of intrigue, creativity, and comfort for as long as I can remember. DONNA: What is your favorite thing to wear and shop for? CRISTINA: I love to shop for things that are different and unique. Finding vintage pieces is the most exciting. I love wondering whom a piece may have belonged to, where they wore it, who they were. I love searching for pieces that have something unique about them. DONNA: If you could master one more skill, what would it be? CRISTINA: To draw and paint…To be able to express oneself is the greatest gift of all, and to be able to sit down and frenetically sketch, draw, or paint would be an amazing form of expression. DONNA: What makes you smile? CRISTINA: Humor and kindness - two of the most important things that keep me going. DONNA: What do you treasure most? CRISTINA: My family, friends, and my animals, they are the bottom line, and I am grateful for them all. DONNA: What are you most proud of? CRISTINA: My tenacity and perseverance. I never give up or quit. DONNA: What is the one thing you won’t give up, no matter what? CRISTINA: Trying, kindness, or compassion; they are a daily practice for me. DONNA: What makes you feel powerful? CRISTINA: Being calm. DONNA: What is a personal motto that you live by? CRISTINA: Don Miguel Ruiz’s 4 agreements: Always tell the truth, do your best, take nothing personally, make no assumptions.

CRISTINA EHRLICH

Celebrity Stylist

DONNA: What is your relationship to fashion?

CRISTINA: It is a vehicle in which I express myself as both a stylist and designer. It has been a point of intrigue, creativity, and comfort for as long as I can remember.

DONNA: What is your favorite thing to wear and shop for?

CRISTINA: I love to shop for things that are different and unique. Finding vintage pieces is the most exciting. I love wondering whom a piece may have belonged to, where they wore it, who they were. I love searching for pieces that have something unique about them.

DONNA: If you could master one more skill, what would it be?

CRISTINA: To draw and paint…To be able to express oneself is the greatest gift of all, and to be able to sit down and frenetically sketch, draw, or paint would be an amazing form of expression.

DONNA: What makes you smile?

CRISTINA: Humor and kindness - two of the most important things that keep me going.

DONNA: What do you treasure most?

CRISTINA: My family, friends, and my animals, they are the bottom line, and I am grateful for them all.

DONNA: What are you most proud of?

CRISTINA: My tenacity and perseverance. I never give up or quit.

DONNA: What is the one thing you won’t give up, no matter what?

CRISTINA: Trying, kindness, or compassion; they are a daily practice for me.

DONNA: What makes you feel powerful?

CRISTINA: Being calm.

DONNA: What is a personal motto that you live by?

CRISTINA: Don Miguel Ruiz’s 4 agreements: Always tell the truth, do your best, take nothing personally, make no assumptions.