By Renee Williams, Photo Credit: John Harpring

Ruthie Garcia, 47, is a Senior Training Specialist and Owner of Eden Business Services. She has four children, daughter Marina, 25, son Ben, 22, daughter Sophia, 14, and son Gabriel, 13. She has three pets, Olive Ü LaFleur, Pit Bully mix; Stella Luna Tuna (aka Luna), calico shorthair; Margarite Sardinia (aka Marge), calico medium-hair.

One word you would use to describe yourself: Passionate.

If you could have any job, what would you choose? Star of my own exotic travel destination show.

What quality do you most admire? Hmmm–I think this is a toss-up between incorruptibility and compassion.

What’s your favorite food? Sushi–just about any Asian cuisine.

Dream vacation? Santorini, Greece.

Favorite place to take the kids? A beach with lovely white sand.

If you had a super power, what would it be? To plug in my brain to instantly learn anything, like in the Matrix!

Favorite TV show: Sherlock & Game of Thrones.

What did you want to be when you grew up? A “weather lady” on TV.

Hobbies? I love to make stuff… any stuff, but not too much of any one thing, over and over

Is there an important life lesson you’ve learned? That the present is a gift. Don’t squander it from woes from the past or worries of the future. Give your presence to the present.

What would surprise people about you?  That I can move my eyes independently of each other.

Best thing about being a mom? Getting to love, laugh, cry and learn with four amazing human beings who I helped bring into this world.

Hardest part about being a mom? Seeing any of them hurt is the worst.

Favorite indulgence? Oysters and Sauvignon Blanc at Abel Brown when Marina works on a Saturday night.

What was your first job? A hair-wash girl at a salon for blue-haired ladies.

Whom do you admire the most? Oprah Winfrey.

Signature dish? Cornbread dressing AND cranberry orange chutney.

Greatest hope: That all of my children grow up to lead happy, successful, healthy and productive lives.

Biggest fear: Dying too young.

What are you reading right now? The Little Book of Letting Go by Hugh Prather

This article appears in the November 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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