Number one question asked of Kira everyday of her life "How tall are you?" Proud to be 6'4"!
Growing up being the tallest member of the family does not always have it's benefits. Kira Anthofer was six feet tall when she was twelve and reached her full height of six feet four inches when she was nineteen. Being bullied and teased by other kids as well as by her own family did not help matters.
There was a time during her childhood when she lived in a one car garage with her mother and sisters. They had to cook their meals from a hotplate. Years later, Kira was asked to be a part of an advisory committee on Fine Dining for Senior Living.
Adversity does not have to define you.
Kira enthusiastically employs humor and real life examples to teach and show how to overcome the negative influencers in your life from achieving your own goals.
Despite the negative influencers in her life, Kira is the first person in her family to graduate from college. She was raised by her nodamic mother in a single parent household with three younger sisters.
Sports came late in her teenage years yet not too late to earn a college sports scholarship. Her talents landed her a professional basketball career in Europe where she led her team to a championship season. A crowning moment arrived when she won the title Miss Tall International 1995.
She credits her tough Russian family upbringing to stay the course in life. Kira is a first generation American from European parents. She was partially raised by her Russian great-grandmother which later influenced her career choice to go into the Senior Living industry. For ten years, Kira was a licensed administrator running and operating large assisted living and dementia care communities in Southern California.
Kira is also a certified Laughter Yoga Leader. She led laughter classes with her seniors every week. She spoke on the Benefits of Laughter for Assisted Living and Dementia residents at the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) Conference.
It may feel sometimes that life is sending us down the valley; however, we succeed when we know/trust inside that the next mountain peak is just ahead of us.