Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IDYNAMIC WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Alaire S. Merritt
Alaire was born on July 7th in a small town north of Jackson Tennessee and is an only child. Growing up, her mother’s parents and family were very important to her and lived out two lessons she has carries with her as she walks through life. First, everyone is precious so we should treat them as we would like to be treated. Second, God allows things in our life for a purpose, gratefully accept them, and learn from them.
She has lived in Glen Ellyn for 25 years and feels blessed to be a soccer mom of 4 precious children. One of them, Danielle, married Justin in March 2013. Alaire’s focus in raising her children was to create a team spirit, encourage them to follow their passions, live with a grateful attitude, always show respect to others and to have fun in life. She believes it is crucial to stay active and take care of your body since it allows you to do everything else in your life. She loves walking, biking, golfing, skiing, music and anytime she gets to dance…that’s the best!!
For her, leadership starts with integrity and a servant’s heart. She carried this into her role as a Girl Scout leader, as a discussion group leader for MOPS and Friday Morning Moms at her church, Glen Ellyn Bible Church and as a mom. As a leader, she understands the importance of continuing to learn from others who have been successful at developing themselves with business skills and relationships skills beyond her experience.
She and her husband, Randy, have co-owned ArborVIEW Sunrooms since 1999. ArborVIEW specializes in sunrooms, room additions, screen porches, porch conversions, decks, patios and replacement windows for the home and business. They carry an incredible 3 season window that out performs any single pane glass window for a 3 season room(not heated or cooled regularly). Their clients love this window so much that they will invest the extra expense of a full trench foundation(required by some villages) to have them in their new 3 season room. ArborVIEW featured these incredible windows in the sunrooms of several Premium Homes during the Luxury Home Tours.
Alaire has partnered with other real estate investors on two multi-family properties. She plans to use the skills she has learned as an investor, as well as the network of investors she has created, to locate and offer housing to those who have so faithfully served our country and their families.
Volunteering to serve others, especially military families, is very important to her. She feels it is an honor to serve our military heroes and their families by showing gratitude, providing comfort, resources and education through Operation Welcome You Home (WelcomeYouHome.org) and Operation Support Our Troops (OSOTAmerica.org). We can never say thank you enough!!
As this book is being assembled, she is starting a new venture called You Are Precious which gives people the opportunity to ‘give from the heart’. They will provide products to communicate appreciation to others when they are given as gifts or are donated to those who deserve to be told how precious they are. The items will be a reminder to the recipient that someone believes they are precious.
Always remember, to someone…….YOU mean the world
You know the saying “you never know who’s gonna’ be behind that door”? Well, for me, walking thru that door changed my life! My story is how one man and his vision of how we can lead effective and purposeful lives did just that for me.
Many of us have experienced hardships, disappointments, pain, broken hearts and I am no different. It is what we choose to do with those feelings and experiences that define us. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for the heart that holds on and my story invites you into that tunnel and how I came to find the light!