NAME: Stacy Slaughter

TITLE: Owner/Facility Operator at Heydays Senior Day Program

MARRIED: No

CHILDREN: No

YEARS IN BREVARD: 19 total. (I moved away for college and came back a few years ago to work with my family in their business.)

WHAT IS A “TYPICAL” DAY LIKE FOR YOU?

Each day begins by opening the doors at Heydays Senior Day Program just before 7:30 a.m. and greeting the clients as they arrive.  I sit and talk with them about their life’s experiences, current events, family, etc.  Then I must retreat to my office where I handle daily business concerns.  If I’m lucky, I might get to sneak out for lunch with family, friends or business associates.  The afternoon could consist of more business concerns but if ever my day gets overwhelming or stressful all I have to do is join my program members in a game of toss or trivia and all is well.  This always makes me smile and reassures me why I do what I do when I see them all laughing and enjoying their day.  Most everyone is gone by 5:00 p.m., therefore all is quiet.  This allows me time to finish up working and tie up any loose ends for the day.  I try to end each day at the gym but I volunteer with the Junior League of Central & North Brevard and oftentimes am helping out with community issues and fundraising.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB? 

Making a difference . . . carving my own path.  It’s exhilarating and yet overwhelming at times to think that I am, for the most part, solely responsible for creating and nurturing the success of Heydays.  The decisions and actions I take have a direct impact on the lives and well-being of others.  A simple smile or joyous laugh reassures me that I am doing the right thing.  The feeling you get from a family member that tells you, “they don’t know what they would do without you” or “she talks about you guys all weekend” is tremendously rewarding.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

My biggest challenge as far as short-term goals would be exposure for the business and basic education about what an Adult Day Care really is.  Senior Day Programs are a newer concept in the Senior Care Industry as far as the general public is concerned and getting the word out that we can help someone keep mom or dad in the home is always a challenge.  As far as a bigger picture, long-term challenge, that will probably be growth.  I have very big dreams for Heydays and although I work every day to accomplish my day-to-day goals, in the back of my mind I am always plotting and planning for the BIG future I see for Heydays!

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW? Rihanna is a favorite!

FAVORITE TV SHOW? I really enjoy the mystery and intrigue of Criminal Minds.

WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MORE TIME FOR NOW?

Dating… the life of a single business owner leaves little time to socialize.  But I’m getting better at making time!

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE YOUNGER VERSION OF YOU TO DO DIFFERENTLY?

Follow your gut and don’t second guess yourself.  I tend to over-think things on occasion and in the past I have found myself compromising what I know in my gut to be right, for whatever reason.  So committing to a decision I feel is right after gathering my information is important.  When I was younger, I was terrified of making the wrong decision and “messing up,” however I see now how mistakes are important to learning and as long as you own your mistakes and learn from them, you are usually all the better for it.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’VE DREAMED OF DOING BUT HAVEN’T YET? Have a family.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE AND WHY?

My mother.  It sounds a bit cliché however it couldn’t be more true.  I have always been surrounded by a loving family, successful friends and highly educated business professionals but, of them all, I admire my mother immensely.  It is baffling how someone can have so much tenacity and determination day in and day out even after all of life’s setbacks and disappointments.  It amazes me that she not only sets lofty goals but tackles and accomplishes them continuously.  She has inspired me to believe I CAN DO IT, no matter what “it” is.  All I have to do is be honest, work hard, give it my all and if that doesn’t work then I will try HARDER, work HARDER or find a backdoor!  I turn to her constantly for advice and mentoring and can only hope that one day I will be even part of the woman she has proven to be.  She loves us all unconditionally and continuously supports and encourages us every day.  I love you mom!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG WOMEN?

I would encourage young women to be confident, work hard and dream BIG!  I think woman can often be intimidated by their bosses or people they work with.  Whether it is intentional or just a perceived intimidation, it is important to remember that if you work hard, are good at what you do, and become an invaluable asset to your company, you will be successful and earn the respect of your peers and accomplish your goals.  But it is important to not limit yourself, to always have bigger and better goals and dreams.  I have some rather lofty aspirations that I often wonder, am I really serious but because I am confident and can do anything I set my mind to, I truly believe even my biggest dreams are attainable!  BUT the key to it all is HARD WORK.  Respect and success are things that are earned, not something you are entitled to.

IF YOU COULD TRADE PLACES WITH ANY OTHER PERSON FOR A WEEK (FAMOUS OR NOT FAMOUS, LIVING OR DEAD, REAL OR FICTIONAL) WHO WOULD IT BE?

Wow, that’s a really hard question!  I think if I could trade places with anyone, it would probably be Oprah.  She is iconic, known all over the world for her philanthropic nature and has the power to inspire and make positive changes possible.  At the same time, she has built a successful business empire, being the wealthiest self-made woman in America (according to the Forbes 400).  Of course this achievement has enabled her to live a very comfortable lifestyle but I sincerely admire her self-made fortune.  She has become a household name, has much wealth and power as well as an amazing ability to motivate the world to endorse worthy causes.  For these reasons, I think it would be great to be her for a week and have the ability to make a big difference in the world we live in, in such a short time.  Walking in her shoes as a woman, business person and philanthropist would be an experience of a lifetime.