Be My Guest

My Guest Blog this week in honor of Women’s History Month has been penned by Nancy over at Living the Seasons. I hope that you enjoy the post. Please take a few minutes to visit her blog…I always enjoy what I find there.

Cookies and Beanies


Women's empowerment

March 12,2012 is the 100th anniversary for the founding of Girl Scouts. I find this to be of great significance as we honor and celebrate women world-wide this month with the message exclaiming women’s education and empowerment. The founder of Girl Scouts, a name familiar to those among us that wore the beanies as younger girls, is Juliette Gordon Low.

Ms. Low, known as Daisy to her friends, came from Savannah GA. Not unlike Ms. Hepburn whom I wrote about last week, she came from a family of financial means. She went to boarding and finishing schools before traveling abroad and marrying. The marriage was relatively short-lived however leaving Daisy wondering what she was to do with her life. It was shortly after that she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, and became interested in the new youth movement.


Ms. Low returned home to the U.S. and less than a year later birthed the Girl Scout movement. Her vision was grand when she shared her idea with a family member. “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret “Daisy Doots” Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member.


Today we read statistics such as, more than 50 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere. As well as, today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 880,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.


I would say the vision “stuck”. Ms. Low’s vision has become her legacy. And we can’t forget to mention the cookies. Who among us hasn’t eaten a Thin Mint or enjoyed a frozen Samoa? In fact I saw packages of Girl Scout cookies in the office today.


As for me…I was a scout as a younger girl making it to the ranks of Cadette before “outgrowing” Girl Scouts(or just being too cool to go any more). I remember walking for miles, back when you could still sell door to door, pulling my wagon full of cookies. As an adult I led a group of 22 energetic young girls for 3 years. It was fun to work with them, get them motivated and take them camping(whew, that was quite the experience!) And cookies?! Well you have never seen cookies until you are the cookie MOM for the troop. Gosh I never thought I would see my front porch again the cookies were stacked so high. I won’t even tell you some of the pain that came from handling the money collected. All in all my experiences were nothing but positive.


I pay tribute to Juliette Low for being such a visionary. Working to create an organization that daily helps to empower and educate girls and women.


If you would like to read more about Juliette Low or explore the history of Girl Scouts please visit the website. All of my facts and images have been taken from there.

Looking back helps to keep forward moving…


Well as this weeks draws to a close a new month arrived on the calendar. Yesterday’s post took on a life form I did not expect and am hopeful that a few of you will create posts throughout the month celebrating women in history. My plan is to write at least one a week with an eye toward highlighting different areas of excellence each week.

Today my plan is to complete a quick review of the past months accomplishments, some of which were planned some came as a surprise. And align with this months objectives.

~ I began riding the Easy Street van. This is a major blessing in my life as it has allowed me to regain 2 hours a day while someone else does the driving. Not to mention I am doing my part to decrease the carbon footprint.


~ You would think with the extra time I would have accomplished more toward my reading goal. I have only completed one book this month. I have been reading some of the magazines I subscribe to on the van. I also use it to read and comment on many of the blogs I follow.

~ We had a wonderful Foodie Night and I learned how to make Fondue. We also experienced several new and some old favorite places to eat. My personal favorite would be the Golden Chopstick in Westerly RI where I had Dim Sum for the first time. Wonderful!


~I managed to keep my home office organized. Kudos to me for this accomplishment…so easy to let this fall off.

~I tried several new methods of organizing at work. This is a constant evolution as the role is new and there is NOT a software program to help track the many patients that I am working with on an ongoing basis. This really causes me to be creative, flexible and constantly trying new things.

~ I have begun planning for a new ministry that I mentioned last month. I want to start a support group for women who have undergone cancer treatment. More to come on this.

~ I have begun to actively build my Twitter account. This helps with the goal above.


~ I bought a new Canon DSLR camera and have begun to experiment with it. My photography class is requiring stretching and growth to complete the assignments. God is at eye level








~ I have written almost 60 posts since the creation of Authentic Me and have almost reached 3000 hits. Thanks to all my readers. I am considering a second blog that will focus primarily on issues pertaining to health. Stay tuned.

~ I continue to volunteer for Dress For Success. In February we hosted our Tiara Tuesday event at this place called the Russian Lady in downtown Hartford. Great spot with old, eclectic furnishings. Went back last night with friends. I completed the coaches training. Now I can be matched up with underserved women who are trying to enter into the workplace and help them achieve their goals. Very excited.

~ I guess finally I will mention that I applied and was accepted to spend a week this July at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camp. I will be volunteering for a week when kids with sickle cell disease are there.

hole in the wall

Well that is all I have to say at the moment. The movie is cued up and my wonderful husband is waiting. As always thanks for reading.

Have a wonderful week. Happy blogging.


Celebrating Women

Women's empowerment

My plan today was to put up a post highlighting accomplishments achieved in February and new “stretches” coming my way for March. In my quest for a piece of clip art I learned that it is Women’s History Month with a specific emphasis on education and empowerment in 2012. This of course has my juices flowing. My passion and purpose in life is to empower women. For me this is exhibited through my work as a nurse helping women with cancer and most recently my involvement with the organization Dress for Success.

The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women’s history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it’s impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.

Anyway I thought it would be fun to invite my readers to participate in a month long celebration of women’s history.

If you would like to participate you could simply once a week or more often if you choose write a post on a women of history.

Some ideas to get YOUR juices flowing…

Maybe she is one you know a lot about already or perhaps one you would like to dig into a little deeper. My friend over at Stopping the Wind recently used a quote by Helen Keller to get her out of her slump.

Or you could head over to Women’s History Month and check out the daily celebration and write accordingly.

Perhaps my photo blog followers have pictures and stories of women they would like to share…

How about my poetry followers sharing a little on their favorite woman poet…

Or maybe my fellow healthcare/conscience bloggers would like to give health facts important to improving women’s lives…

This may require you to stretch beyond you comfort zone, so be it…

I hope you will join in the Celebration. I will try to have a widget to use soon(no promises here though as it is beyond my current skills).

I will leave you today with this song…

Happy Friday


How pleasant is Saturday night,
When I’ve tried all the week to be good,
And not spoke a word that was bad,
And obliged everyone that I could.
~Nancy Sproat

Most women are not very good at self care. As mothers, daughters, wives, & employees much of our lives are spent satisfying the needs of others. Yet we neglect ourselves and then wonder why we are tired all the time, lacking energy, creativity and ambition. Well I would like to give you permission to indulge yourself.

To indulge means to to yield to an inclination or desire; allow oneself to follow one’s will; to yield to, satisfy, or gratify; to yield to the wishes or whims of.

We often do not allow ourselves to indulge because we are “being good”, saving money, don’t have enough time. I want you to come along with me for a moment. Close your eyes and allow yourself to think dreamily about something you desire or a whim you have. *sigh…

Now permission has been granted by the Universe partake in an indulgence this weekend, who knows maybe you will get carried awaySmile.

Need some ideas~

~Soak in a bubble bath

~Have a massage

~Buy a new pair of shoes or socks if that is all you can afford this week

~Bake that fancy cake you saw in the magazine

~Feed the ducks

~Sip some Port wine or great cup of coffee

~Enjoy that art exhibit you have been thinking about

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! So take and hour and take care of yourself, Indulge.