We had the good fortune of connecting with Cary-Ann Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cary-Ann, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
Hard work is by far one of the things I value the most. There is no shortcut to success, and if you get a hand out expect an even higher payback. Working hard on the menial tasks will help you develop the work ethic to be able to handle increased responsibility when it comes…and it will come! Work hard for what you want even when you don’t see the results immediately, continue to show up and grind.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the host of the Camouflaged Beauty Podcast. I strive to create a safe space for Military and Veteran Women to share their stories or trauma and triumphs. As a Military member myself, I believed that I there had to be other women in uniform who had some of the same struggles I did and I was right.
This podcast pushes me to be open about my own struggles and I learned that there is power in sharing because once I share, I am no longer bound by fear or shame. Besides, everyone struggles with something. My goal is to remind women to glow while they grow.
I share my own story and encouragement as a speaker. One of my passions is to inspire young girls to be more regardless of the life they’re given. My personal mantra “Be Kind To Your Body Soul & Mind” inspires me to show my self and others grace and highlights the name of my brand “ Challenge Adversity Respect Yourself (CARY)”
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beauty of the city is that it’s ever changing & growing. My friends and I would visit the top spots where the energy is right and the people are glowing. Sometimes it’s a night club sometimes it’s a poetry slam or a hot new restaurant but we will go with the flow & glow.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My professional mentor is Christina Warner who unknowingly shaped my career and helped me to stand confidently in who I am as a leader. I just finished reading Start Where you are by Chris Gardner and re-read Belonging by Brene Brown. But if I had to dedicate this shout out it would be to the Women in the Military who support the Camouflaged Beauty Podcast and continuously share their truth and stories to to inspire other women to keep going. They fuel me to keep doing what I do.