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| Monday, Oct. 20, 2008

About Linda

• Name: Linda R. Harkcom

• Marital Status: Married

• Children: Two

• Employment: Marketing specialist and comprehensive coach

• Hometown: Mt. Pleasant

To achieve success in life, Linda Harkcom says one must bring balance to the body, mind and spirit.

Born in Donegal, Harkcom attended Mt. Pleasant Area High School and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in management and marketing from Seton Hill University.

After working in the marketing field for several years, Harkcom became certified in the Emotional Freedom Technique and is now certified in master level Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing.

Harkcom is the publisher of an online magazine -- Your, Body, Mind and Spirit -- and she recently opened Success Coaching Services, where she works as a certified Comprehensive Coach with people who seek balance in their lives.

Harkcom will become a published author when her book, "Creating Your Miracle Life," is released this year.

When not concentrating on work, Harkcom is busy with her family, enjoying the many activities her children are involved with.

Active in the community, Harkcom served as a board member for the Children's Village; worked with the Hagerstown YMCA; acted as business and promotion committee co-chairwoman for the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce; co-chaired fundraising events for the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce; and served as a Donegal Borough council member until 2004.

An avid reader, Harkcom enjoys reading about Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries and is taking a close interest in American politics.

Always putting her family first, Harkcom enjoys a blend of work and play, and said she feels she has achieved happiness by learning not to let the small things in life become bothersome.

Q: What was the last movie that you watched?

A: "Barbie and Diamond the Castle."

Q: Who do you admire most?

A: My friend Brad Geyer would like me to say that it's him, but it is Oprah. She is a successful businesswoman who is using her success for the greater good by improving lives through providing information, education and her immense generosity.

Q: Who, living or dead, would you most like to meet?

A: Oprah or Leonardo da Vinci. The man was truly a genius who was far ahead of his time.

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Purple.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Reading, hiking, taking classes to learn new things, photography, supporting my children in their activities, attending the theater and hanging out with friends.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: What I like most about my work is whether I am coaching someone for marketing a small business or even designing a Web site, I am able to help people reach their goals, sometimes in ways they never themselves would have imagined.

Q: What is your tip for leading a successful life?

A: Be real clear on what your true priorities are and don't sweat the small stuff because in the grand scheme of things they mean nothing.

Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: Being loved, giving love to others, including myself, and loving what you do. If you have that, the rest falls into place.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: I'll give you a food group. Dairy. I could give up any other food but cheese and ice cream.

Q: What talent would you most like to have?

A: I would love to be able to play the guitar or the piano. I did get a guitar last Christmas and had a few lessons, so I am on my way.

Q: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

A: Raising two children, who are so far, respectful, polite, kind ,loving, outgoing, generous and have good self-esteem.

Q: If there were one thing about your life that you could change, what would it be?

A: The only thing in my life I would change would be that my family and myself had complete financial freedom. The ability to help whoever I wanted, whenever I wanted, would be wonderful.

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