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Words of Wisdom for Women Entrepreneurs

April 26, 2010

Last week, two Central New York women entrepreneurs inspired a room full of 320 women with their “sage words of wisdom.”  Since both women are members of my growing company, Women TIES, a business dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs expand their local, state and regional marketplace in New York, I wanted to feature their words in today’s blog. I hope they inspire you. 

The first inspirational passage is from MaryEllen Clausen, Founder of Ophelia’s Place, a support and resource center committed to empowering individuals, families, and communities to redefine beauty and health through initiatives that increase self-esteem, improve body image and introduce alternatives to dangerous desires for perfection; and to providing outreach, advocacy and educational services to those impacted by eating disorders, disordered eating and body dissatisfaction.

MaryEllen stated, in Judith Duerk’s book “Circles of Stones” she asks the question.. “How might your life had been different if there had been a place for you …a place of women,  where you were received and affirmed:  A place where other women, perhaps somewhat older, had been affirmed before you, each in her time, affirmed, as she struggled to become more truly herself.”   This is what MaryEllen said:

The remarkable women in my life have created that place for me…they have been my mentors and sisters…and I continue to learn from them.  

I’m learning to listen harder,
To hear what’s not being said,
That silence speaks the loudest when there are no words.
I’m learning that struggle becomes an opportunity to do things differently
and that pain can bring forth purpose.
I’m learning to reach out.
I’m learning that self care is not selfish.
I’m learning that sometimes taking care of me means taking care of someone else…and sometimes it means saying no.
I’m learning that tears were meant to be shared.
I’m learning that faith and stillness are action words.
I’m learning that hope is tangible.
I’m learning that passion is not a line item on a budget but it somehow manages to balance it.
I’m learning radical acceptance,
I’m learning to redefine…EVERYTHING.
I’m learning that distraction is overrated and best saved for the dentist and gynecologist.
I’m learning to live in the moment and “be” in my body.
I’m learning to breathe.
I’m learning that we must change the conversation around health and wellness.
I’m learning that I’m not a number on a scale and that my BMI is NOT an indicator of my health.
I’m learning that beauty and health are NOT a size.
I’m learning to model acceptance of my body.
I’m learning to love my body.
I’m learning that life is about goodness not greatness.
I’m learning…and I’m grateful for the women in my life past, present and those I’ve yet to meet for giving me this place to be. 

The second woman is Jennifer Tom, Founder of Positively Pink Packages, based in Central New York. Positively Pink Packages is a tax exempt public charity dedicated to supporting the needs of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients in Central New York by providing care packages without charge. Here is what Jennifer said:

* Find Your Passion and Purpose In Life! How do you do that? 
Start paying attendin to how you feel as you go about your daily activities; what things excite you and energize you; what do you loose track of time when doing? Those are the things that energize you and you will start realizing are your passions.

* Spend more time on the things that energize you, and less time on the things that deplete you and drain you.

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