The Magic of ABWA…..
Thursday, November 4th, 2021: It’s Day 1 - 5:00 AM and I’m exhausted. I had to jump through dozens of hoops this entire week to make this day happen – and I’m not ready.
I just want to stay in this warm and comfortable place, and sleep until I feel rested. But, if I continue to sleep - I will miss so many wonderful experiences that will not wait for me. They will happen whether I’m there or not, and if I am not there – they will not happen with me, for me, and to me. I must get up – for the magic of ABWA awaits me, and I proceed to drag myself to the coffee pot.
Saturday, November 6th, 2021: It’s Day 3 - 5:00 PM – I did it! I showed up. I engaged and it happened, just like I knew it would. The magic of ABWA has spread its sparkle! I’m inspired, I’m energized, I’m grateful. I feel refreshed so rejuvenated and so fired-up!
ABWA’s Annual National Leadership Conference: 3 days packed with stimulating – eye opening – inspiring moments. 355 ABWA members, just like us – all in one place. The energy is exponential - women lifting you in every single direction possible. Interaction with Professionals whose experience and credentials will make your jaw drop, and such awesome-inspiring Keynote Speakers whose words continue to resonate and lift all of us who attended!
The magic of ABWA has touched me like a magic wand and updated my tool chest – to not just merely survive – but to thrive, to live my life and to lead others with intention and authenticity – exposing so many opportunities to remain relevant in this fast-paced world we live-in! I’m so excited and so motivated to put these tools to use!
My one and only regret is that I could not have every one of you, and every single woman I know – right there with me!
I wish I could bring this incredible experience of attending National Conference to you because I want you all to experience the magic – in your own right. It doesn’t matter where you are in your life journey – if you choose to show up and engage, you will indeed – experience the magic of ABWA!
So - I invite each and every one of you to consider capitalizing on this experience to invest in yourself - next year. My very best advice to you is to start now. Start with a plan that will get you there, so you, too can experience the true magic of ABWA!
And to my esteemed ABWA sisters that experienced the magic with me – I cannot wait for us to glow together in the exuberance as we share our individual awe-inspiring experiences in more detail at our next Chapter Meeting on November 17th!
So while you’re all thinking about your plan to attend the National Leadership Conference next year, I leave you with this, a story presented at Conference, titled, The Starfish Story adapted from "The Star Thrower" by Loren C. Eiseley, and it goes like this…..
IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t even begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I just made a difference for that one!”
2021-2022 Pathfinder President