Taking time to rejuvenate is something I share with all women. We are constantly nurturing others and need to “put on our own oxygen mask first.” This is exactly what I did this weekend as I attended my college reunion last weekend.
I am a lover of learning and am always eager to return to school. My Smith College reunion afforded me this opportunity in many ways. On Friday evening I attended a session on Supporting our Children with LD/ADHD as They Launch. Sharing information and learning from moms in the “trenches” was empowering to everyone. On Saturday we learned from former Smith College President Jill Ker Conway about taking the next step as women. It is all about thinking outside the box and finding ways and places to make a difference using our strengths and skills. Our final speaker was writer Katrina Kenison, author of the gift of an ordinary day. It gave each of us the opportunity to examine our focus as women moving through motherhood and onto the next step. You can tell the growth that occurred as women looked to each other to provide coaching to move forward.
It was an extraordinary weekend of empowering each other. I seldom saw others texting or using technology. Women were sharing how to connect on Facebook! We were all engaged in the lives of each other, where we are now and where we are headed. Engaged women discussed politics, history, economics and the important details of homes, families and current events.
And most importantly it was a fabulous family weekend. My twin sister Ann and I both graduated from Smith, so one of the best parts of the weekend was sharing moments together. Each morning we would take a brisk walk about the beautiful campus together. It was especially meaningful to walk on campus on Saturday night during illumination.
I want to encourage you to find ways to nurture yourself through the things you are passionate about! Learning from other women, supporting each other as we move forward, and being in an amazing environment is something we each need. I would love to hear how you are making this happen in your life!