Brenda Bernstein, The Essay Expert, LLC
IB's Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet the state's professionals. This week features Brenda Bernstein, owner and senior editor, The Essay Expert, LLC.
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What do you do “beyond the business” that brings you happiness or relaxation?
I swim three times a week, which I have been doing for at least 20 years. Thank you, YMCA and Goodman Pool! I also have a yoga teacher in Madison whom I love – Lisa O’Connor, whose classes I attend four times a week. I don’t have a TV but watch a lot of movies and Glee reruns on my computer. And I go to a fair number of raw food potlucks, which means I spend plenty of time in the kitchen preparing for them. I cook a lot, too.
What is your favorite place to travel and why?
Right now my destination of choice is Austin, Texas. My sister has lived there for many years, and my mom just moved there, so I will be visiting frequently. It’s an especially great destination in the winter.
Do you read for pleasure?
I listen to a lot of books on tape.
Such as? What is a recent title that might give us the flavor of what you like to listen to?
Some of my favorites are biographical novels. I’m listening to the audio of a book about Jim Morrison right now, though I’m not sure the subject matter gives you any particular insight into my personal tastes or proclivities!
What character in any book or movie would you most like to be identified with, and why?
There’s a book, The Redemption of Sarah Cain, which was made into the movie Saving Sarah Cain. The main character is a writer who is capable of moving people with her words, but who has lost her inspiration. She is unexpectedly pulled out of her daily grind when her sister dies and leaves her with guardianship of her five Amish nieces and nephews. Sarah is by no means perfect and she makes many mistakes along the way, but ultimately she creates a life based on love and her ability to touch humanity. That’s what I aspire to do with my work.
That’s a great description of that character! Now an equal challenge – can you list three words, and three only, which you think best describe you?
Connector, communicator, coach.
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