On our way to phenomenal

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a women’s conference that was designed to give female entrepreneurs encouragement, support, tools and resources to pursue their dreams of owning their own business. With speakers like Lisa Nichols, Les Brown and Paula Ellingham (the organizer of the conference) I was not only inspired by the words they spoke but by my realization that I am exactly where I need to be, on my journey to phenomenal.

The moment I was born I began this phenomenal journey, and my life experiences, whether they were good, bad or life-changing, they have brought me to this place.  Every moment was played out exactly as it should have. Sometimes it doesn’t look like I thought it should, but it is mine and I get to choose how my journey will continue. Sometimes I want to give up and run away, other times I want to stand up and fight for me. It’s OK; all is well on my phenomenal journey, because my journey is lit with love, joy, heartaches and headaches. But most of all, my journey is one of love, the love of my family, friends, coworkers and colleagues, from my 1st grade teacher to my darling daughters, the moments I have shared and the lessons that I learned are just as they should be. The choices and decisions that I made as well as the ones that were made for me are just as they should be on my phenomenal journey.

Whether we see things as blessings or curses, we get to choose. Sometimes we stumble, sometimes we fall down and sometimes we think we are unable to get back up… but we do. We put on our backpack full of experiences, wisdom and our love of life and our pursuit of happiness and carry on with our phenomenal journey.  

My phenomenal journey is filled with the most amazing experiences, large and small. Reaching the summit of Buckskin Pass, floating down the Rouge River and giving birth to my beautiful daughters were pretty big moments for me, and yet some of smaller moments are equally special, like having lunch with my dad, sewing my daughter’s 6th grade quilt project with my sister Judy, hiking with my 3 sisters during our first sister summit and laughing so hard with my girlfriends Ruth and Colleen on our road trip to Glenwood…all are very special and my journey is just as it should be.

This past weekend gave me what I needed, time away from my crazy busy life, inspiration to pursue my dreams, a girls night out, a taste of best hot dog on the planet, a stroll down Rodeo Drive, a toe dip in the Pacific Ocean and the realization that I am on my way to phenomenal.

The pathway of my phenomenal journey looks bright…an exciting business, teenage years, trips to Chicago, Arizona and New Jersey and other places in between, along with many personal and professional lessons that I am eager to learn…but what inspires me the most is my journey is lit with love, the love of my family, friends, co-workers and colleagues…those that are alongside me on my phenomenal journey.

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3 Responses to “On our way to phenomenal”

  1. Sandi Says:

    “On your way to phenomenal” is believable because it’s written my you, Maureen. Everything you set your mind, your talent and your heart to — I have seen you achieve, with quiet grace and determination. I have always admired your ability to get what ever job you interview for and become so valuable to your employer that they will move mountains (or people) to keep you. I see how much your girls admire you and look up to you — and their deep love for their mom. And the same goes for your toffee business. You work your same magic in the toffee kitchen to skillfully make the world’s best toffee — with the same quiet grace, box by box, by box. I am glad to be your sister –to watch, admire and support you on your phenomenal journey.

  2. homeyogi Says:

    Maureen, I read your entry 5 times… every time I read it I think of Crystal Lake.. the hall upstairs …our rooms.. You and Sandi down the hall and and me and Judy sharing a room at the other end of the planet….. we were seperate then…not so any more.. we are seperated by geography and it pains me. “On your way to phenomenal” yes is believable but when you decide to jump I (and we all three of us) will jump with you… trust… we are right beside you… near or far… we are right beside you. You have it all… you already have it all.

  3. judyfloeter Says:

    On the way to phenomenal…. I have to disagree. You are already phenomenal. I am so glad that you were able to get away and celebrate the power of women and to get inspired and centered. We so need that in our journeys. Dad used to tell me about how the woodchopper had to stop chopping wood every so often just to sharpen the saw! To him, sharpening the saw was a vacation. While it is that too for us, I see these “centering” weekends as sharpenings. I am remembering the women’s coaching Saturdays that you had when you lived in Illinois and how terrific that day was. I also loved going with you to see that life coach at the bookstore… whose name is escaping me right now, but who inspired us to read some things I would not have read otherwise. I am so filled with joy and pride at how much we have grown, how much we bring to each other, to our families, and to the world. You, Maureen, I am 100% sure, changed the life of someone you met at that conference. You sure have changed my life!

    And that toffee, is changing the world too!!!!!

    Come and go with me to that land,
    Come and go with me to that land,
    Come and go with me to that land,
    where I’m bound.

    They’ll be singing in that land,
    Voices ringing in that land,
    They’ll be freedom in that land
    where I’m bound.

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