January 2022 Newsletter + Track Meetings for GGN Members in person or on Zoom from anywhere!
How strong are you?
I’ve had several opportunities to test my strength over the last year. And I am grateful for all of them!
I’ve moved in some new directions, let go of some things, and keep finding ways to feel good with myself. After all, if we don’t have that, what do we have? I’m the one I get to see in the mirror every morning, so I focus on being happy to see that person!
- As some of my projects came to a close, I decided to learn how to NOT work, sort of a new concept for Type-A driven women like me…. I feel stronger not because of what I do, but because I’ve learned to appreciate who I am.
- And, since I’m in my “seasoned years” I’ve weathered many crazy times and am not afraid to manage this up and down era we are currently in.
- I still have lots of things to do. (Like reconstruction work on my kitchen ceiling that is at risk of falling in!)
- As the saying goes, God abhors a vacuum, so I’m sure new ways to occupy myself will show up. The fun part for me is not looking for them or worrying about what they might be.
- I’m reading more books, taking longer walks and looking forward to some outdoor lunches with friends if the weather permits.
- I’m thinking of taking some classes!
I know most of you are still working and dealing with career issues. I guess one of the things I’m hoping you get from these comments is that life keeps changing and it can keep being interesting, fulfilling and rewarding.
It is all in how we look at it.`
I wouldn’t have missed my years of career building for anything! But I also love the idea of being more relaxed and open to whatever else may come.
And I love that we have Great Girls times to share our experiences with each other!
We had such a sweet small gathering in December!
It was wonderful to be back in Toni’s beautiful house (all decorated for Christmas!) and spend time with these amazing women! We talked about the ways we are giving back in the world, and shared our thoughts and dreams together.
We hope we can do it again this spring!
GGN Member Maddy Kulkarni just got back from Paris!
She had a wonderful time with her mom and sister on the trip!
And, she shared some words of wisdom with me when we had lunch last week. We were talking about being okay with letting go of things:
Poet and novelist May Sarton on letting go:
“I think of the trees and how simply they let go, let fall the riches of a season, how without grief (it seems) they can let go and go deep into their roots for renewal and sleep…
Imitate the trees. Learn to lose in order to recover, and remember that nothing stays the same for long, not even pain, psychic pain. Sit it out. Let it all pass. Let it go.”
Source: The Journals of May Sarton Volume One: Journal of a Solitude, Plant Dreaming Deep, and Recovering
GGN Member Lynne Sipiora shares a job opportunity:
This small faith based, non-profit pre school in McKinney is looking for a director. This position will manage the staff,
meet state licensing requirements, create public relations and marketing plans and oversee fundraising and awareness events.
Requirements include a bachelors degree ,teaching experience and/or early childhood education. This is truly an opportunity to make an impact on young children, their families and the community.
Resumes should be sent to:
Lynnesipiora@ gmail.com (She is President of their Board)
About the school: In February of 1951, the communicants of Holy Family Church in east McKinney opened “La Escuelita” (The Little School). Under the direction of Father Jose de Jesus Vega, a priest who had been sent from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Holy Family began as a Latin-American nursery school created to care for small children whose parents were mainly agricultural laborers who worked each day in nearby fields.
For the past 65 years, Holy Family School has continued the original mission of Father Vega and his wife, Maria Luisa Cardenas Vega. As the first school director, Mrs. Vega wanted each student to be kindergarten-ready, healthy, happy, and active. Through daily chapel sessions, the Vega Family kept Christian education and values at the forefront of life inside Holy Family School.
For now we are still holding our meetings for FREE on Zoom and are also meeting at my (Margery’s) house.. GGN Members from any location are able to attend with no cost! If you attend in person, we still ask for $5 to cover costs. And yes, you can register at the last minute….
Our Track meetings are designed to give us a sacred space to have meaningful, purposeful conversations without fear of being judged or competed with. Only Members can attend. They are amazing experiences, unlike any ‘networking meeting’ you have ever attended!
GGN members MUST REGISTER to attend these meetings, so just follow the links below! And if you want to learn about us, go ahead and join GGN~~if you decide it isn’t for you, we will refund your membership fee!
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.
Monday Morning Magic Track
- January 10, 2022
- 10 am to 12 noon CT
- We’re looking forward to hearing stories about the holidays, what’s new for this year, and sharing this rich time together. + I’m still making fritattas!
Growth & Transitions Track
- January 19, 2022
- 7 to 9 pm CT
- Are you ready to make changes? Dealing with things in transition? Have something on your mind to work through? Join us!
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 participate in 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 Trii-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.
Our membership fee of $50 per year gives you access to our Track Meetings and also contributions to our Newsletter. The fee helps sustain our website, but it also ensures that when you participate in a Track meeting, you will honor the sacredness of the conversations because you are a member.
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