Jan/Feb 2011 Issue Note
Each new Year brings the feeling of opportunity—a time to reflect on the past and consider the future. we assess the last 12 months and ask what life has in store for us next.
I have learned that it’s not “life” that determines how my year goes. It’s me. I ask, “what can i do differently this year to create a wonderful life of romance and adventure?
It begins with listening to the inner voice—unique to each one of us that inspires us in our own special ways to dream, to hope, to believe. it’s the voice that says, “if i can imagine it, i can create it.”
it continues with the understanding that our greatest accomplishments require extraordinary efforts and perseverance. Efforts can be intense and difficult, but when we work toward goals with passion and belief in our mission, the rewards are great and immeasurable in value.
Last January, I ran a marathon. it started with an inspiration – a friend who was diagnosed with a form of Leukemia. My goal was to show support by raising funds in her honor through this event. Record-breaking frigid temperatures in Orlando, Florida, and a blister that developed on my foot a few miles into the 26.2 mile course dampened my spirits. Yet just when i struggled most, words of hope—from a multitude of friends—flooded my mind. The crowds cheer “you can do it” – the glimpse of my husband – among thousands watching- that was the fuel I needed to endure. At the end of the race, I was exhausted, but elated. Besides my pride of accomplishment that came with crossing the finish line – at the end of the day-my heart was full- a difference made in the lives of so many, hence, the dance of life; a wonderful romance and adventure.
so it is with publishing each new edition of The women’s Journal. with a passion for this venture and belief in its mission—to educate. to enrich. to empower.—I work long hours and expend much energy. Behind my strength is the support of a team of editors and designers, my husband Joe, and steadfast friends. There are talented contributors and women, such as the dedicated doctors who make a difference in the lives of many people in chester county and who are featured in “a work of heart” (page 30-31 ). reader kudos, such as the glowing notes from Phoebe Kitson and Terry Adelman on the previous page, show us that many people benefit from these collaborative efforts.
With great excitement, I share the announcement of a bold step into the new year. with the acquisition of the southern chester county territory for The Women’s Journal I’m proud to represent our community members in northern and southern regions of the county. it’s a dream “created,” and another piece of a wonderful life of romance and adventure.
individual thanks go out to aLL our contributors and advertisers. a special mention to our newest supporters:
❤ The Chester County Hospital – group of extraordinary cardiologists, who know the meaning of a life of romance and adventure, as they passionately provide a“work of heart” in their field of expertise. Thank you for your great contribution to women’s heart health!
❤ Brandywine Heating and AC – Bill Ronayne and Megan Mcginn – Providing the best in heating and air conditioning for your home or business!
❤ The Hankin Group – Livework community – The ultimate way to integrate business and home for a lifestyle of what matters most.
❤ Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the talents and volunteer efforts of community members at their annual gala Event in February. congratulations to Mary Lou Enoches, La Difference salon and Day spa and the west chester Police Department for this well-deserved honor!
❤ Dr. Bruce Catando – Excellence in eye care for a lifetime of clear vision.
❤ Cynthia Goch – Thank you for bringing life, laughter and love to our tables through “Foodie news.”
❤ The Chester County Leadership connection – collaborative efforts to bring business and professional skills to the nonprofit sector.
❤ Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry – a talented staff committed to the chester county business community.
❤ UFinancial – Financial planning group that cares about you.
❤ Congrats to Michele and Rosemarie for helping to raise funds for breast cancer.
❤ Lexus of Chester Springs – “Dazzling” service and dealership!
❤ Exton Region Chamber of Commerce – Don Anders – setting the course for “a new Era!”
❤ Dress for a Good Cause – a great event for a great cause… freedom!
❤ My Wardrobe Calendar – Dee rogevich – Favorite new site for women on the go.
❤ Gifford Photography – Michele & Dave Gifford – stellar studio photography. a picture really is worth a thousand words.
❤ Muntean Leadership Group-read the perfect plan to “reinventing you.”
❤ Avante Salon & Spa – Thank you for keeping us looking and feeling beautiful all year.
❤ Doug Hendricks , Golf Professional – your friendship and tips for remaining in shape for golf are rays of sunshine!
❤ Tanya Stroh – gratitude for helping us “fit in fitness” for the new year.
❤ LetterstoJodi.com – Peg Calvario – Thank you for your heartwarming reflections!
❤ Men in Motion/Women in Motion – best wishes for a successful launch of MiM!
❤ Molly Nece – a beacon for making and being the difference!
❤ Mommies with Style-fabulous recommendations for Moms on the go.
❤ Chester County Book Store –The best picks for your Media selection!
❤ Ship Inn – perfect food & ambience for a winter’s night!
❤ The TWJ Team: Carol, a wonderful addition to the team! Philippe, Beatrice, Carol, Leigh, Angela and Debi- heartfelt gratitude to Each for your continuing significant efforts and great talent that bring TWJ to life!