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PoliticsWe have been contributing to this blog for many years. And we rarely get political here (or on Facebook either!)

And now, we are getting political because there’s a female candidate running for President of the US of A. Have you noticed?!! Of course, it’s hard NOT to notice, right?!! And especially when another front-runner says, “She pulls the woman card!”

Regardless what you think of Hillary Clinton, it is fascinating to watch her (and all the other women on the campaign trail who are running for office). Is it OK for her to be feminine or is it better for her to be aggressive/more masculine? Can she handle the tough “male issues” like Commander-in-Chief? Can she work across the aisle and nurture the relationships she has with leaders/dignitaries from all around the world (from her past Secretary of State duties)? Can she address our women’s issues without alienating men?

It has been fascinating to watch so far … and it’s not over yet!! As a friend recently said, “It’s just the beginning of May and we have until early November … oh my!!”

 

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Making a difference…

With appreciation“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” ~Marian Wright Edelman

I recently saw this quote and it reminds me of presenting at a women’s retreat a couple years ago. We were talking about making a difference and one of the attendees raised her hand and said, “I was in a parking lot and felt like I needed to hug a woman who was walking towards me. This is not my norm!! We did embrace. She immediately started crying and then told me she had given birth to a stillborn baby three days earlier.”

This certainly made a lovely difference in both of their lives. In these times of uncertainty, increased violence and fear running amok, this is important to remember that often times it is the small things that make a big difference in people’s lives, isn’t it?!

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Board Responsibilities

Board of DirectorsI am nearing the three-year mark of serving on a Board of Directors for my townhouse association. It has been a tremendous learning experience!! As a Board, we set some specific objectives. While the journey has been a bit rocky at times, I am happy to report that many of our goals have been met!!

We are a “mixed gender” Board and we work really well together. That said, I have to say I’m especially proud of the women and how much we have accomplished in a short amount of time. (Yes, three years can feel like a lifetime on some days (!) but it’s a short timeframe to accomplish all that we’ve done!)

The other thing that is interesting about this experience is many of our projects can easily be considered “man’s work” but I’ve watched the women “roll up our sleeves,” educate ourselves, and get to work! It’s been a fascinating journey.

I’m up for re-election in mid-May. Am I running again? To be determined…

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More of Resiliency

Church Health CenterA couple of times on this blog, we have mentioned the “Women of Resilience” conference in Santa Fe, NM that we were involved with.

Early in April, we’ll be presenting the topic of resiliency again at a parish nursing conference in Chicago. While this conference isn’t just women (yes, there are a few men, too!), we are excited to present on this topic again. It seems so fitting for both genders … and especially women. Come join us if you are in the Chicago area!

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International Women Day

We’re a bit late (!) to celebrate International Women’s Day, which was yesterday, March 8th. This special day commemorates women’s achievements and honors the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women around the globe. The United Nations, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, introduced an important theme of “Planet 50-50 by 2030:  Step it up for Gender Equality.”

We, at Women as Healers, vote “YES!”

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women-of-resilienceWe have been back a little more than a week from the Women of Resilience conference in Santa Fe, NM. What an awesome experience!

Our presentation “Women as Healers: Stories of Vibrancy” was well received and so many participants gave us positive feedback! We loved being present and connecting with many women who are truly resilient!!

We are a hardy gender, aren’t we?! It is a wonderful topic for reflection … our next presentation on resiliency is at the 30th Symposium of the parish nurses in Chicago, April 7-10. Click here for more information … hope to see you there!

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VoteDid you hear?! It was only the women who showed up in the Senate chamber during the blizzard of 2016. Not a single man of the 83 elected men showed up. All women present – pages, parliamentarians, senators. It wasn’t planned … it’s just who showed up to do the country’s work. I find this absolutely amazing! We women have a big purpose … and we are hardy, as well as resilient.

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AIMEDThe American Institute for Medical Education (AIMED) is hosting a Women of Resilience conference in Santa Fe, NM, from February 11-14, 2016. As part of this special event, I will be presenting “Women’s Voices of Vibrancy: Stories of Resiliency” based on the Women as Healers book. I have spoken with this conference organization both in Maui and several times in Santa Fe. Come join us!

AIMED was founded in 1982 and has sponsored more than 120 conferences around the world. Their goal is to provide the best quality and most interesting continuing education possible to physicians, social workers, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists. If you are interested in the psychology of artists and the creative process, you are invited to register and attend. Continuing education hours are also available. I look forward to seeing you there!

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We’re All Connected!

All ConnectedI’m sure you’ve heard this cliche … but it’s really true!!

While on a flight returning from my parents after the holidays, I was sitting next to the window. Actually the aisle is my favorite, but because there were LOTS of families traveling, I moved twice so parents could sit with their children. When I finally “settled” into my seat, I lowered the tray table to begin working. The guy in front of me moved his arm on and off one of his arm rests. Every time he did that, my table would “jump” … slightly challenging to read or write when my tray table/surface kept moving!! He had no idea this was occurring and I didn’t feel the need to mention it. I just smiled and thought to myself, yet another example of how we’re all connected!

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Happy New Year!

2016Perhaps to some people this is just an ordinary day, but we see the New Year as a holiday of new beginnings and a clean slate.

What are you planning to manifest in 2016? Now’s a great time to set intentions, begin anew and start charting out the year ahead. May it be a wonderful 366 days (yes, it’s leap year)!!

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