She quit her job after 20 years working for WTOL-TV in Toledo. Now, Chrys Peterson, who stepped down as news anchor, is re-evaluating her priorities to find what is important to her.
Peterson was the featured speakering Friday during the first "Living the Dream," a camp for women at Tiffin University. She provided insight from her personal life and offered guidence and support for attendees.
After 20 years, Peterson said she had a huge decision to make.
"I had to re-evaluate where I was and what my prioriters were," she said.
Peterson began working as the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor for WTOL in 1994.
Over the years, Peterson said her career has made her life better through the experiences she had and the people she has met.
By the end of December, Peterson said her contract with WTOL was up and she had been given the opportunity to renew. However, by the end of the new contract, her daughter would be a senior in high school. Over the years, Peterson said she has had to make many sacrifices for her career and she just didn't want to miss anything further.
"At the end of the day, I had to figure out what is my authentic self," Peterson said.
Feb. 28 was her last broadcast on WTOL.
"You have to have a lot of courage to make that type of change," she said. "At the time, my job was taking away from the things I cared about - time with my family, friends and contributions to the community."
Throughout her address, Peterson discussed several ways to help others live their dreams. She said you have to get out of your comfort zone, set goals and re-evaluate them to align with your priorities, forgive yourself, celebrate your accomplishments, make yourself a priority and be a contributor.
Peterson earned a master's degree in organizational leadership from Lourdes University. She said she doesn't have any plans yet, but she "has trust that something great is going to happen."
The decision to quit and be with her family also was affected by a diagnosis of an auto-immune liver disease called primary biliary cirrhosis.
"I had to take my life seriously," Peterson said.
Peterson concluded with a quote: "Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring."
The camp was ran by Karen Shulman, owner of Hands-On Consulting Inc. and Kim Radison, certified dream manager and owner of KKR Consult.
Shulman and Radison also conducted sessions during the camp.
Shulman's session entitled, "FUEL Your Dreams," focused on empowering individuals to get back toward living their dreams.
As a certified dream manager, Shulman said she enjoys coaching individuals and watching the progress they can make.
Shulman led the audience in several excercies to help determine what their dreams were.
Shulman said dreams are in STALL mode because people are scared to persure their dreams, are talked out of their dreams, avoid risks, lives get in the way and the lack of personal accountability.
To help get out of STALL mode, Shulman said "you have to FUEL your dreams," or focus, be unstoppable, execute your dreams and go on living your dreams.
"Do what you love and love what you do," Shulman said. "Live the live you love and love the life you live. Fueling your dreams will help you accomplish that."
Radison led a session on "Balance." She is the mother of four children and has owned her own business for the past two years.
"I was tired of being in STALL mode," Radison said in finding the courage of being her own boss.
"To find balance, you have to know your purpose and have consistency," Radison said.
Several factors come into having balance as well Radison said, including being healthy physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.