GCC Women's Retreat 2005

The Women's Retreat was my first big speaking event for Granger Community Church. I was thrilled to be asked to speak as MC (Master of Ceremonies) for our women's retreat this year. We had so many women attending we did two separate weekends and Carol Kent was our Guest Speaker. Wow, she was great- and very authentic with us as she shared her thoughts and life lessons through faith.

My Ya Yas attended the first weekend with me and it was so encouraging to have them all there-Jenny, Missy, Erica...THANK YOU for your love and support. It was Jenny Arndt who first told me I should speak to and encourage women and this was my first solid opportunity to serve accordingly. Missy keeps me sweet and grounded through her thoughtful conversations and friendship. Erica also believed in me and spent many hours listening to my worst attempts to present and breaking down my true motives to keep pride in check...I am an only child and a Drama Queen after all!

Women's Retreat: Jen, Missy, Moi, Cool Carol, Erica! Posted by Picasa

My Grandmother Told Me To WRITE!

My Grandmother thinks I am funny and should write professionally.

I laughed it off as the biased ramblings of a loving Grandma. Now more than three years after her death I find myself published in newspapers for coaching, customer service and management, consulted for studies on body image and writing public radio narratives for daily life humor and education. So maybe Gram was right?

I miss Margaret Lutes. She was my Mom's Mother and I am a lot like her in my quest for knowledge and my love of laughter. This picture is from her memorial service in Sterling Colorado where I was blessed to share my part of her story with her friends and our family gathered.

Gram, I wish you knew I was writing now...I think you would be proud- and I think you would LAUGH!

My Mother's Wonderful People, plus their minister, minus my Grandmother, which is sadly why we are gathered. Posted by Picasa

GCC Women's Retreat is Where the Rubber Chicken Thing Began

Really, what is there to say? My Rubber Chicken gets more press than I do. When I spoke at the Chicago Apartment Association in 2007 you would have thought the chicken did all the talking!

(There is really no explaining the company I keep) Posted by Picasa