A Woman Empowered 

So, you have a dream and it seems impossible, what do you do? While others may not see you in the same dream for success as you see yourself, listen to your intuition, if it feels right, go for it and stay the course. 

My journey has taken me over many paths, up and down valleys and mountains. As the oldest of 5 siblings, I was always the one in charge, the leader of the kids on the block, the teacher. I was born in England after WWll when my parents left Austria. Even though my family struggled, we had a fairly good childhood. There were the struggles financially, then emotionally when our parents began to have trouble coping with my dad's illnesses, lack of work, stress, and many arguments. Although I was the oldest and the leader, as I got older my confidence faded, and I became very shy. Wanted to be the one in the shadows.

My education began at St Ann's Catholic school, then Lakeport High School where I met my husband in the detention room in grade 12! You never know where chance meetings will lead you. LOL. We dated for 5 years (he was 17 and I was 18) and married now for 46 years, with 3 sons who are married to 3 amazing daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. My grandchildren are the joy of my life. It's true, you never experience love and joy until you have a grandchild. They have a special place in your heart. 

For a time, I asked, "Was this all there is to life?" I was team mom for the boys' hockey teams, and life was busy but not really fulfilling. I loved going to the hockey games, but once "hockey life" stopped, what was left? 

I have a 5-year Arts and Science diploma, and went to Teachers College for one year. Years of research and self-education continued. I learned to meditate, EFT, computer skills, graphic design and am a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. Most of this learning was through blood, sweat and tears. 

My search took me through several experiences, mostly in sales from make-up, to satellite dishes, pots and pans, retail sales, office equipment sales, advertising sales, magazine publisher and assistant to a real estate sales representative. Some would look at my career changes and think what a failure. I know I did. I knew there was something else I was destined to do. Each and every job or challenge was a life experience to learn and grow. A failure is not a failure if you have learned something from it. I challenge you to look at those times you thought you were a failure. Did it make you grow and learn, even through the tears? In 1994, I experienced a surgical mishap and I almost died. Sometimes the Universe will send you a wake-up call. I knew I needed to pay attention to the message, and that there was more. 

My emotions and feelings left me with a sense of not being worthy of success. I wasn't smart enough. I wasn't professional enough. I didn't have enough money. I couldn't find success and I didn't deserve it. Sometimes people you think are friends, just get up and walk out on you. You never get to find out why. I know I have made some mistakes. I've had to accept that sometimes it wasn't my fault. Do you find in your life experiences you doubted your abilities, your worthiness, and second guessed yourself? My advice to you is to remember that you are worthy, you're amazing, and you have purpose.

I've learned some very important things to help me "stay the course". (Cont'd at Right)

 I discovered EFT, meditation and being grateful for little and big things in life. With gratitude, I have been on an amazing journey and this journey is getting better and better. I created Women Empowered Magazine, which generated an opportunity to bring people together, and connect with women of the world. Even though I've put the magazine on hold, new doors of opportunity have opened for me. Each learning step has brought me closer to my life purpose.

I love to be creative, to empower and inspire others. These "so called" failures were merely stepping-stones to where I am now. I am almost 70 years old and it is never too late to begin to find your life purpose.

We're all here for the same reason, to help and inspire others. We have the ability to put forth the best in ourselves and to bring out the best in others. Helping others we help ourselves and new doors of opportunity will open so long as you don't play the victim role.

I've journeyed through the difficult first few years of my marriage, financial challenges, medical near-death experience, business and career "failures", and through the tears and experiences learned to empower myself through others.

I was the caterpillar searching through life. An idea, a hope, and as a small caterpillar, I began eating away the leaves surrounding my life, taking in all the information, the hurts, the relationships, the pain, and the challenges. Realizing that I am worthy no matter who or what others say, I am strong, I am worthy! These experiences helped grow this new me. The chrysalis formed in 2009 and now the butterfly has emerged after a very long journey. There will always be trials and challenges, but now I know how to navigate around, over or through them. This too shall pass. 

My dream life will soon be a fantastic journey, beyond my wildest dreams! I can't announce it yet. Just know that when you accept who you are, and learn to walk over the bridge, the challenges below will wash away. My passion now is to help other butterflies, like you, emerge, thrive and be a Firestarter. Stay tuned for some awesome news!

With gratitude, thank you! Join me on this journey!

"Devote today to something daring!" - Oprah Winfrey.

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