February 2020 Newsletter + DFW Track Meetings
Who Do You Want to Become?
Are you feeling like you can be true to yourself on a daily basis? Are you realizing you react negatively when you’re under pressure?
I am personally committed to nurturing my own unique way to grow and be, without carrying old habits and patterns of behavior that no longer work for me! I mused last month about the things I have set boundaries on, the ways I have changed in how I show up in the world.
This conversation about being able to set boundaries is prevalent among women, no matter our ages or levels of experience. I think this has a direct correlation to what I call “Institutionalized Patriarchy,” which is the system our society is formed under. We keep looking to others to get permission, approval, acceptance! Doing that gets in the way of seeing clearly what does and doesn’t work for us as individuals. Most of us weren’t taught from an early age to rely on ourselves as the primary authority in our lives.
How can we remedy this? I suggest a gradual strategic approach. Yes, keep asking others for ideas, suggestions, opinions. But add to that giving yourself time to think it through, decide if you feel comfortable before making any decisions. And when you catch yourself deferring to others first, or in a pattern you recognize you have been acting out automatically almost since childhood, STOP! Look at yourself, listen to yourself, ask yourself if this is who want to be or is this who you are used to being?
Each day, all day, we make choices of whether to react to situations or be proactive and create the life we want to live. If we recognize this, and start making conscious choices instead, we have a much greater chance of living the life that works for us.
So, here’s my call to action: Look inside before you act!
BE who you want to become!!!!
A great start in Austin!
15 women came together on January 28 and kicked off our GGN group in Austin! The conversation was amazing (no surprise) and the consensus was that having a sacred space for women to be authentic, talk about things they don’t always talk about, and share experiences is extremely valuable.
Stay posted for more news and future gatherings! And thanks to Kara Bolwell and Mary Kate Kemp for hosting and energizing this great beginning!
Information and opportunities
from our members
GGN Member Rosemary Wright shares:
Member Rosemary Wright Shares:
“I’ve had 2 articles published in PRiME Women, an online magazine.” Rosemary is a Senior Financial Planner and a Director of Women’s Wealth Services for National Wealth Partners LLC, an investment management and financial planning firm head quartered in Austin, Texas. As a Certified Financial Planner, Rosemary has 27 years experience helping families and individuals create financial plans that provide a living roadmap to attain their goals and dreams. After 13 years enjoying the cuisine and history of Charleston South Carolina while helping clients there, this native Virginian moved to the North Texas area to be close to family and actively watch her two grandsons grow up. This gave her the opportunity to create her own Second Act, and focus solely on helping women create financial plans aligned to their lifestyle needs, personal values, and goals.
GGN Member Bridgette Moody just published her book!
Gift Aborted is the fourth book written by author Bridgette
Moody. “We all have life experiences that leave us somewhat imbalanced and with thoughts of what happened? or how did I end up in this place? Emotionally, it is sometimes a difficult job to sort through all of the things we go through as we grow and mature in life. Many of us have experienced being left alone, given up for adoption or simply having people in our life that were there but they really were not there.
“The testimonies I have heard from so many are similar in nature, resulting in individuals feeling like damaged goods once experience the various experiences of life.”
Click here to check out her book!
Margery’s articles for PRiME WOMEN….
Just to let you know, I have published 12+ articles in this online magazine over the past year. The first series of articles focuses on what really works for women–including how to figure out what you want and your life purpose. I recently started a second series on women and business. The magazine has a page for each author, Click here to go to my Author’s Page
Check it out and subscribe!
GGN Member Michelle Bogan shares a Dallas Morning News article that quoted her extensively.
Michelle is a leader in advancing women while driving business results. She founded EQUITY FOR WOMEN to help companies achieve measurable, self-sustaining gains in workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. She works with CEOs, Boards and leadership teams to help them understand where inequity is occurring in their organization, why, what it is costing them and how to fix it.
Click here to read the article….
Looking ahead to March for our next Spring Gathering!
The date: March 25, 2020
The topic: I Figured Out How to Be My True Self and Live It!
The Speakers: GGN Members Ann Ranson, Glenna Hecht & Shontelle Mixon
Ann is a seasoned Coach, Speaker, Consultant and facilitator of change. She has developed workshops on the Transformation Game and Finding Peace in Everyday Life.
Glenna is a popular Speaker and HR Guru who helps companies hire and develop talent and further growth. She recently went through a health scare that shook up her life!
Shontelle is an Audit Director for USAA, and in addition, she is the author of Don’t Wait to Live…Live Now!, a 30 day devotional delivered in a conversational style for men and women who are searching for easy ways to experience holistic wellness every day.
All three have made important and meaningful transitions at crucial moments in their lives. The changes they made informed their futures in dramatic ways!
DFW Track Meetings
To register for a Track meeting, log onto our website as a Member.
To take advantage of these amazing Track meetings, you must join GGN! Each one is an event or happening in itself. Some members come frequently, some come only once in a while. Whenever you attend one, you will find out things you didn’t know, connect with women who will challenge and inspire you, and you will leave with some new perspectives.
How’s Your Health? What does self care mean to you, your body, your skin, your life?
- February 5, 2020
- 7 to 9 pm
- This is the second of our Focused Track meetings! This month brings us a different conversation about how our inner attitudes and self-judgments affect our well-being and are extremely important to our physical health. Amy Halman, Elizabeth Naylor and Dr. Laura Kopec are our guides into how we can examine our beliefs, change our habits and create healthy ways to live for years to come.
Monday Morning Magic Track
- February 10, 2020
- 10 to 12 noon
- The magic comes from the ways we share and learn from and with each other! This group has some regulars, but if you come, you will feel welcome and included immediately! Plus, I love making my now “famous” frittata and nourishing your body and your soul. Join us!
Growth & Transitions Track
- February 19, 2020
- 7 to 9 pm
- Our first combined Track was terrific! 10 women showed up and the conversation ran the gamut from dealing with adult children to feeling comfortable and safe in setting boundaries and being more strategic about our lives. You will get something out of this, I promise!
Join Us on Facebook
We have an open Great Girls Network page which we would love for you to go to and “like” us and “follow us first” to keep up with our events and also perhaps spread the word about our group.
Click here to go directly to our Facebook page to like and follow us first!
Become a Member!
Great Girls Network is our way of being the opposite of the Good Ol’ Boys Network (which is still very much alive and well!). Even if you don’t go to Track meetings, your membership gives you a way to support our existence and be a part of a growing group of women who really appreciate each other. And the Semi-Annual Gatherings are unlike any other “networking” event! We know women don’t network like men. We want to build relationships, we want deeper, more meaningful connections. That is exactly what GGN provides.
We created a digital card that helps people understand what they can get from joining GGN so click here to see the card.
Your membership helps give us that foundation, the strength to grow and have an impact on the lives of so many more women.
Great Girls Are Amazing Women!!! Thank You!!!
Margery Miller, founder Great Girls Network