Nurture Sparkle

Nurture Sparkle

I love to see and feel emotional sparkle. Seeing my husband and daughter sparkling together above makes me sparkle too. So does connecting with others who are passionate about their work. Like designer Jason Wu:

Thanks to A Better Chicago, I enjoyed the Jason Wu fashion show at the Art Institute and dinner with the designer and others afterwards. Wu skyrocketed to fame when Michelle Obama wore his gown to her husband’s first inauguration. The first lady’s only design parameter was, “It has to sparkle.”

Fashion design makes Skatie sparkle too. She is already Creative Director of the Cashmere By Tania fashion house in London. Tania is the second from the left below. I will forever be her fan and friend because of the opportunity and support she gives Skatie. Tania is great fun to be with too!

Jason’s advice to Skatie was “Go for it! Start designing your dreams now.” His advice to me – nurture her fashion sparkle – of course.

Live Large Like Mandela

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
– Nelson Mandela Former President of South Africa
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Always Dream and Shoot Higher Than You Know To Do

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” – William Faulkner

What could be better than my current life? That’s a question which probably is asked more by women than men or children.

We intuitively use ourselves to help our families and others first. So much so that we often need to check in and make sure that we are making ourselves better too.

It is as important that we dream big and go for it as it is that our children do so.

If You Think You Are Too Small To Be Effective

“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.” — Shannon Miller

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Dream More, Learn More, Care More, And Be More

Dolly Parton’s motto is “dream more, learn more, care more, and be more,” as cited in the Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire.

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

When you dream more, learn more, care more, what do you wish to be in your future?

Success is built by implementing that wish with heart and hard work. Just like Dolly did.

I dream about creating a better world where everyone gets to nurture their passions, talents, and dreams. Imagine how beautiful that society will be! I believe this can be achieved, too–by collaboration, innovation and determination.

Please let me know if we can innovate and work hard towards that better world together.

Thank You League Of Women Voters

“To the wrongs that need resistance, to the right that needs assistance, to the future in the distance, give yourselves.” Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League Of Women Voters.

Catt’s quote is as true now as it was when the League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago over 90 years ago. And the League still provides the best source for unbiased analysis of election issues that could help assist rights, resist wrongs, and create a better future for all.

The Illinois League of Women Voters just celebrated 100 years of voting rights for women. We thank them for their continuing good work.

The members of the League of Women Voters take a moment to join with the League Lady for a picture from left to right: Barbara Marsh, Henrietta Saunders, Sheri Latash, Joan Ziegler, Mary Hummel, Janet Kittlaus, Jane Ballengee

It’s The Living You Do In Your Years

“It’s not the years that you live, but the living you do in your years” — Oscar Wilde.

Every year my mom brings the women of her family to Rancho La Puerta spa for a week in June. For the first time ever, my daughter Emma joined us. We start each day with a glorious hike on the Kuchuma Mountain. This is living well!

When I’m back in Chicago, I know that following any of the recommendations in Kelly Konrad’s Summer Go Guide will insure a well-lived day too. I recommend this to you.