The Queen of Preparation and an Awesome Mom
The course of your life is determined by…
The Relationships you form
The Decisions you make
The Actions you take.
~ Journey from Success to Significance
Two years ago I switched from doing my weight lifting class in the evenings to working out at 5:30 am with quite a wonderful, dedicated group of people and this revealed itself as a life changing choice. I met Deb, or maybe I should say Deb swooped me up into her embrace of friendship.
Deb is the most organized woman I have ever met. The day after Halloween she was on the move to get the best deals for her Halloween party next year – so you had best be advised to get your costume ideas in order with the same spirit and effort! The warm food and special treats are prepared with as much forethought and pizzazz as the house is decorated and the haunted front deck is replete with sound effects and actors with scary greetings.
The woman is ready with unbounded amounts of energy and enthusiasm and she is outgoing, social and just musters the perfect quip to keep everyone from being too serious; rendering up a smile and a chuckle.
When I first met Deb I mentioned to her I was attempting to get my counseling license renewed and get back into the work force. I needed to run a group workshop to complete my requirements. A month later 7 women were reading a book and I was working on a workshop about how to make change happen in your life. It was such a good experience we rounded up some more women for a group about being the best you can be, which includes book studies, cooking classes and even a bit of knitting on the side. Everyone has a turn to lead. Deb chose for her book Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
The book group was an evening with dinner and discussion, and Deb had done her homework, including magazine reports and pictures from Mortenson’s work. Deb asked us a series of questions which took us from discussing the book to understanding our feelings about education, our children’s roles in the future, and how we could realistically serve others – our feelings and hopes. What an evening it was and we were all reluctant to leave.
I feel very certain that Deb has been responsible and accountable to herself for quite few years. She is the person in charge and she has grabbed onto her values and is living them out with flare, perseverance and lots of careful planning. Those values are played out in her rearing of two fine, handsome and very smart sons who are off to college with a strong sense of self worth and Mother Support systems the envy of nearly every other kid on the basketball team.
And then there are the legs! Deb has the two of the strongest, longest, and shapeliest legs I have ever seen. She cares for herself with great nurturance and attention.
The Queen of Organization and Awesome Mom then put together a stunning night out for this holiday season. Instead of us giving gifts to each other, she invited 26 of the woman from the exercise club to take themselves out to dinner and spend an evening together. There was one “clause” which must be adhered too without exception – we were to celebrate how beautiful and healthy we all are by dressing up in our finest clothing and getting to know each other at this event.
Some were hard pressed to figure out how to be glamorous and some apologized or made jokes – but you know what….most of us felt beautiful, really beautiful and we celebrated our early morning workouts and congratulated marathon runners, tri-athletes, and fitness folks on their best efforts. We toasted our instructors and shared a dessert or two. It was an awesome achievement.
Everyone participated in having their pictures taken – we were beautiful and our energy filled the whole room – the restaurant into the night.
Thank you Deb – we needed your organization and awesome energies.
Success is when I add value to myself.
Significance is when I add value to others.
~ Journey from Success to Significance
Who is the most organized person you know?
Who makes you laugh out loud?
When do you feel most beautiful?
Who is your most awesome friend?