Regina Bumper is a human resource analyst for PEO EIS. Originally from North Carolina, she joined the military to further her education and has worked in several military personnel roles during her time in the Army. She is a firm believer in the power of being positive and humble, and is today’s #TeammateTuesday.
Where did you grow up, and what childhood event(s) helped influence who you are today?
I was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and grew up in a small town called Yanceyville. Then I moved to Burlington, North Carolina, all before the age of 10. Living in the countryside helped me to be really grateful and grounded about life, and to appreciate everything. Also, growing up in a small town where family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) were always nearby increased the significance of family. Our close dynamic created a strong foundation of family, love and having everything that we needed help to shape the person I am today.
What interested you in working for the Army?
I initially joined the military because of the educational opportunities. I originally planned to serve only four years, but I ended up serving for 20. Being from a small town, I saw it as an opportunity to go to school and travel while serving my country.
What's something about the Army you'd like to see implemented to make it better?
I would say creating equal opportunities across the board. That doesn't always happen. I know there are rules and policies — don't get me wrong. But the implementation of truly equal opportunities would be my big change or wish.
Who inspires you and why?
I have to say my mom because she's a two-time breast cancer survivor. She's optimistic, and she always keeps up a positive attitude. Sometimes I just shake my head and say, “How do you do it?” She never gives up on her faith. If I had to choose a famous person, I guess I would say Tyler Perry because he went from homeless to a millionaire. I actually want to add a third person in there — my daughter. At the age of 23, she was diagnosed with cancer. But, she was just so positive throughout the whole thing, and she kept telling me not to worry. And I'm like, “You're not supposed to be telling me ‘don't worry!’”
What’s something you learned from a difficult work or personal situation?
I would say that your mindset is one of the most powerful things in life. Regardless of what a person says or does toward you, you need to keep your focus on your mind. Continue to do what you set out for your life and try not to ever let negativity spill over to you.
Any book or movie recommendations?
One book I like is “Get Over Yourself!” by Jennifer Beckham. It walks you through seven principles that help you deal with and get over challenges in your past. For example, to accept the things you cannot change. What happened in the past happened in the past. I like it because it helps outline what you can in your future, so you're not stuck in your past anymore. To me, it’s all about how to be a better you. Another book is the Bible. The Bible outlines my principles of life, provides guidelines to live by and helps me develop a personal, meaningful, spiritual relationship with God. Also, a recent movie that I like is “Soul” by Pixar. It highlights how sometimes we can get so preoccupied with life's difficulties that we’re unable to appreciate the simplest things that allow us to enjoy life.
After a hard day’s work, what are some hobbies or things you enjoy doing to unwind?
I actually like to exercise. Walking and listening to music have really helped me wind down after work. Another thing I like to do is turn on old TV shows like “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times.” They just mellow me out for some reason. I'm working on my doctorate in business administration, and I like those old-time shows playing in the background because they’re relaxing. They put me in a good mood for writing.
What advice would you offer those who are reading this article?
I'm a big component of being humble in everything that you do. Be respectful. If you can help somebody as you go along your travels, help them because you never know when you may need help. That's why I enjoy working in the military because I really love helping and giving back to Soldiers. I also believe that if there's something that you want to do, do it. Like I said earlier, I joined the military to help pay for my education, and I will be finishing my Ph.D. next year!