Keri Adams is known for her good-natured laugh and bubbly personality at an hour when most people can barely get out of bed. She is currently the Host and News Co-Anchor of the dynamic morning program CTV Morning Live which begins at 5:30am. When asked, she says versatility is her biggest strength, having the ability to maneuver from delivering top stories and in-depth live interviews, to fashion shows, and cooking segments with ease.
If Keri seems familiar (and you are not a morning person), maybe you have attended events for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation where she is a regular host or you are a fan of the television series Arrow? Keri plays an intrepid news reporter named Bethany Snow.
BLUSHVancouver had the opportunity to catch-up with Keri this past week-end and we excited to have her as the ZEST Woman this week!
How do you define success and what is the best way to achieve long term success?
Success is the prize title we give ourselves when we feel we’ve reached the pinnacle of our careers, family and money. I am grateful everyday that I get to wake up (albeit mind-numbingly early) for a job that I love in my chosen career. I’m grateful I can pay my bills, and that I have a roof over my head. Mostly, I’m grateful for my two loving daughters, and that our health is good. But it’s not the possession of these things that makes one successful, but rather the appreciation of them. If you practice gratitude for what you have, you have achieved success. (For the record, writing this was a bit of a personal revelation for me, so for that I am truly successful. I mean, grateful).
What motivates you to make change?
Maybe it’s an age thing, but I don’t have much tolerance for experiences and relationships that don’t bring me some level of joy, and that’s usually what motivates me to make a change. Over the last five years, I’ve gone through some pretty dramatic adjustments: (in no particular order) I took a risk on a new career path, my marriage crumbled, and we sold our house and I moved twice. I cannot express how dark some of those periods were for me, how fearful I was of the outcome. But ultimately my ‘life-reno” took me to a happier place.
What makes you happiest? What do you do in your non work time?
Without a doubt, my children give me happiness. Working on a Morning TV program allows me to pick my kids up after school, help with homework, take them to sports and activities, and even occasionally volunteer at their school. I complain a lot about being really busy (and tired) but spending time with them is rewarding. Also, because I’m their Mom, they pretty much idolize me. It’s like having a small fan club that you have to make meals for. When I’m not with my two-member fan club, I’m doing other Mom things like getting coffee at the drive-thru in my SUV on my way to the Big Box store. For real.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
There are things from my childhood that I can recall with remarkable clarity. Like my Mom plunging into the workforce after my Dad was taken from us suddenly in a plane crash, and how she marched into the home of a babysitter who had been stealing from us and ‘took back’ our things. I can also remember Mom’s ‘weaker moments’, ones I won’t write about here, but are seared into my brain and without a doubt influenced how I would later handle my own challenges. This influence makes me acutely aware of how everything I do will be my children’s point of reference.
What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
When I look back at different stages of my life, I’ve come to realize my biggest enemy has been me. My failure has been in sticking with the status quo, to settle for what I’m given. I’d traveled through much of my young adulthood as a silent passenger on everyone else’s ride until I found myself on a road I didn’t want to be on. (Sorry about all the car references, but this is the best I can do). It’s taken all the inner strength I can muster to grab the wheel and make a series of u-turns. Change is still hard for me, but I’m learning to savour the bumps because it means I’m driving on an unfamiliar road.
Who is Keri Adams?
Keri Adams began her career as a morning show writer in 1994, and since then has worked as a photo-journalist in rural Alberta, a reporter and news anchor in Edmonton, and a Vancouver journalist covering the big stories and breaking news.
In 2005, Keri was honoured with a Jack Webster Award for Best News Reporting for her work covering the North Vancouver Mudslide.
She is also expecting her two daughters to nominate her for Mother of the Year sometime in the next decade.
You can follow Keri Adams’ life on her IG @keriadamslife.
BLUSHVancouver is excited to share Keri Adams inspiring words with our readers and if you know a woman who has ZEST and who should be honoured with a spotlight, let us know!