December 2018

Bachelorette of the Year Top Ten Finalist: Lori Martin

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Lori Martin
Recruiter/Employment Manager for National Healthcare Company

Fun fact about me:
I have an associate degree in marine biology. I wanted to be a marine biologist and train dolphins for a living (and still do)! But I ended up switching to a bachelor’s degree in business when everyone told me I would be jobless!

If you were the newly elected mayor of Hilton Head Island or Bluffton, what would be the first thing on your agenda?
I’m really concerned about the amount of growth and development. I’ve lived here 35 years and would like to see more protection of our land and resources. I believe some of our monies would be better spent on repairing and widening the bridge to Hilton Head Island. I would work to make our schools and roads safe.

Favorite holiday movie:
The Holiday. I know … one of those sappy Lifetime movies, but a girl’s gotta dream! Lol!

What quality do you most admire in others?
I most admire honesty, integrity, and humility. Nothing is more important to me in my relationships than honesty and integrity. And humility is refreshing.

What local event is a “must-do” for you every year?
Go Tri Sports Beach Bum Triathlon –my first ever triathlon and still my favorite!

Why should our readers vote for you as Bachelorette of the Year?
I ignored the email. I thought, “I’m too old, and I can’t do this!” It has definitely caused me to step out of my comfort zone and has given me a chance to raise money for some great causes such as the Island Recreation Center, and hopefully the American Heart Association. I’ve also had the chance to meet a lot of new people and make new friends. I’ve lived on Hilton Head Island for over 30 years, and I can’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else. I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful place and would be honored to represent CH2 as their Bachelorette of the Year!

Charity you are playing for:
American Heart Association. My family has a lot of history with heart problems and stroke. I was born with a mitrovalve prolapse and a ventricular septal defect. My mother has heart issues and has suffered several strokes. My grandfather and grandmother both died of heart-related issues. I had a three-year-old nephew who passed due to complications after surgery from a heart defect he was born with. So, it is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Someone has a heart attack or stroke every 40 seconds in America.

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?
I do believe it is important to live in the moment and that having a positive attitude influences everything we do. Focusing on our goals and our dreams can allow us to move forward in a positive way, even when we suffer setbacks. But I also believe that failures and bad things that happen to us serve a purpose. Usually they strengthen our faith and cause us to grow and become stronger.

To what do you attribute the biggest successes in your life?
I’m thankful to have grown up in a family who taught me morals and the value of honest, hard work. But mostly there was love and compassion. I believe that if we have our priorities in order and focus on what is important, success will follow. I try to remember to live each day with the thought in mind of doing to others as I would want them to do to me. You never know what someone is going through, and just showing kindness each day to those we meet and work with brings joy and its own rewards.

How about your largest failures?
I attribute my largest failures to when I have fallen away from my beliefs or lost focus on my priorities and goals. When I lose sight of the long-term outcome for the short-term fix, things usually don’t work out.

What is your personal mantra:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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