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Welcome to the Omega Sports Women’s Only Podcast, hosted by Cleo Faucette.
In this episode, we will be talking to Cindy Farmer, Local News Anchor with Channel Fox 8, community leader and Omega Sports fan.
Meet Cindy Farmer
Cindy is known as a local community leader and has been in North Carolina since 1989. She began her news career in Virginia, at WSLS TV 10 while still a student at Virginia Tech. She later worked at Channel 2 News and has been with Channel 8 News since 1997. She met her husband in the District Attorney’s office 28 years ago while she was covering a murder story and researching legal penalties that pertained to the case. Cindy and her husband have 2 daughters and currently reside in Greensboro, NC.
Cindy discusses how she began her career and what made her decide to become a journalist. And, yes Cindy started out reporting the weather!
Cindy has been a fan of Omega Sports since moving to the Triad and enjoys staying active.
What would you tell your younger self?
Early in her career, Cindy was very ambitious and incredibly busy. Instead of truly enjoying her success at the time, she strived for more and more. She wishes that she had taken the time to enjoy all of the amazing places she’s been. Her biggest advice would be to relish in the moment and take it all in. You never know where you will be from one day to the next, so cherish today!
You can’t learn if you don’t fail
You can’t move forward unless you take a step back. Failing allows us to build a foundation. It’s how you treat your failure that says so much about your character. With Cindy’s success, it’s hard to believe that she has experienced failure, but she certainly has learned to accept defeat, learn and grow throughout the years.
Find your “you”
As women, we definitely feel the pressure of balancing work, family and personal time. It’s easy to get lost while being a mother, a spouse, a caregiver and a career person. It’s important to take some time for yourself, even if it’s 5 -10 minutes at a time. Find something that you enjoy. Just taking a few moments to breathe and re-center your thoughts can go a long way. Everyone needs an outlet and you can’t be your best self unless you take care of your own needs too. Cindy is an avid tennis player, picking up the sport later in life. She loves the tennis community!
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Cindy, a busy mom herself, loves to pamper herself with salon appointments, girls’ weekends and even exercise.
How Covid-19 has affected Cindy and her family
Cindy lost her brother earlier in the year and due to the pandemic, she wasn’t permitted to visit him in the hospital or have a funeral to celebrate his life. He was the caregiver for their mother, who suffers from dementia and now lives with Cindy and her family in Greensboro. This has been a time of learning and evolving for her and her entire family.
Cindy also believes that there is a strong connection between the mind and body connection, and staying active is imperative to your health.
Sports = Love
Cindy is a huge sports fan and loves watching any sports, especially her favorite Virginia Tech Hokies. Sports has always been a big part of her life and credits sports to allow a better connection with her family, friends and the community. She equates sports with love as she discusses how sports has impacted her family growing up and the impact it has on her life today.
Listen to your body
Staying active is incredibly important for your mental and physical health, but it’s just as important to listen to your body. Cindy regularly exercises during the week and actually begins her day as early as 3:30am. It’s okay to take a nap or a break if you need it. Or take a day off from exercise if your body is showing signs of fatigue. Just take care of yourself.
Why shop local?
Local businesses are the backbone of our communities. They are what make the community thrive. Cindy is a huge supporter of local businesses and regularly shops at Omega Sports. You can’t beat the personal attention you receive at local stores and the feeling of friendship and camaraderie from supporting local business owners.