“For 'Captain America: Civil War' we filmed in a tunnel for weeks" – Q&A with Kai Mensing
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Doug: That’s a really tough question. I have so many wonderful memories with my mom, but two simple memories that consistently stand out to me exemplify how much she means to me. Watching the videos after my high school football games, I would hear my mom screaming her head off cheering for me. She is and has always been my biggest encourager. Her unwavering belief in me gave me the confidence to try new things and to work through challenges no matter what. The second was her daily guidance and wise counsel. As the oldest child, I was always pushing the boundaries, but she would provide me with loving, practical, and sometimes forceful guidance to keep me on the right track and challenge me to strive to be better. I owe much of who I am today to that loving balance from a wise and supportive mom.
Audi Soul: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from watching parents balance parenting and work?
Shawna: How working mothers prioritize is masterful. I am in awe and can learn a great deal.
Kara: That you have to accept that you’re not going to get everything right, all the time. No one does, and you shouldn’t expect to. Just do your best, love yourself for who you are and accept that you will simply learn from your missteps.
Tara: I call it the “swing big” theory. I don’t believe you can do everything perfectly at once, but I do believe you can take turns focusing on the big wins and most meaningful moments. Some of the time those wins will be at home, sometimes at work and hopefully sometimes they are all about prioritizing yourself. Everyone needs to find the balance that works for them because it’s different for every person.
Audi Soul: What is your role at Audi and how has being a parent made you better at your job?
Tara: I’m the Chief Communications Officer at Audi and being a parent has helped me to stay curious, embrace an active imagination and show great empathy. It also makes me realize and appreciate the power of excitable energy and how important it is to always bring a sense of humor to everything you do.
Doug: I am the Director of Modern Retail at Audi and I am responsible for leading the company’s transformation of the current sales and service model to deliver future retail experiences. Being a parent has really shown me just how important it is to individualize approaches when building relationships with colleagues and my team.
Audi Soul: What are you reading/watching/listening to?
Doug: I’m listening to book by a former U.S. Navy SEAL officer that offers practical, simple, yet impactful leadership advice. Leadership is what’s needed most during these times.
Tara: I’m not afraid to admit that I love binge watching TV. I find it to be a fun and relaxing distraction. During Mother’s Day weekend I binged on a new comedy-drama series by one of my favorite comedians, as well as season two of a show that I’ve been looking forward to since its cliffhanger ending last May! It was a nice distraction from watching non-stop COVID-19 updates on CNN.
Kara: I’m currently watching the ninth season of a drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and 1960s. I started watching the show after having an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience when I was living in Indonesia. My American friend was pregnant and planning to give birth at a local hospital. She was nervous and looking for support. I introduced her to another American friend who was a certified doula, hoping that she could hire her, but unfortunately the friend wasn’t available. After several more failed attempts to find anyone with any sort of qualification, I offered to go to the hospital with my friend. The nurses didn’t speak any English (and my friend’s husband and I barely spoke Bahasa Indonesian) and there wasn’t a doctor until the very last minute. When the epidural didn’t work, we took turns running out into the hallway whispering loudly, “IT’S NOT WORKING!” in Bahasa Indonesian. The epidural never kicked in, but my inner breathing coach did. Every time my friend had a contraction, she grabbed me, locked eyes with me and we did our breathing thing. I’ve never had so much oxygen in my lungs in my life, and I’ve never felt so needed or connected to another person. It was a very intense and profound experience that I’ll never forget.
Audi Soul: What is your favorite way to unwind?
Shawna: Getting out into nature, yoga and spending time with great people.
Kara: Last fall, I built a hammock stand in my backyard. It was a lesson in resourcefulness and perseverance, but I finally got it right. Whenever it’s sunny and I have a free moment, I go out there and sway in the breeze. I love closing my eyes and listening to the chirping of the birds and the wind in the trees.
Doug: That’s easy. Sitting next to my wife, Laurie, on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a good TV show. It’s my favorite part of the day.
Tara: Walking my dog Ralphie through the neighborhood. We just moved here last year so I love exploring the area, meeting new people and enjoying the start of spring.
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