It is more than halfway through January, and if you're sticking with your New Year's resolutions, good for you. If you have given up, or have just forgotten, try switching your "resolve" for a little intense desire.
You could grit your teeth and do something because you say you will, but what is the fun in that? We know women in the South Hills who have accomplished very cool things by instead tapping into what they love and what gets them excited. We've pulled some stories from the Wise Women E-journal archives to give you the idea.
Hilary Livingston, of Upper St. Clair Township, knew that she had to lose weight, but nothing was working. Then, she realized that the missing element was her spiritual connection to her own body. She became passionate about making that link and not only lost 70 pounds but developed a program that she could teach to others and use as the basis of her doctoral thesis! (Faith in Losing … Less Really Is More)
Newly widowed Trish Morris, of Bridgeville Borough, had to do something to provide for her family. In her own words, she "loves, loves, loves" beads, and she turned that love into a thriving business—Zelda's Bead Kit Company—that brings a living to her family and to several part-time employees, not to mention joy to her many clients. (Happiness Is a Colored String of Beads)
Baldwin-Whitehall native Karen Krieger never planned on owning one of the largest gyms in the South Hills, but she always had a passion for gymnastics and loved watching young girls grow from the skills and discipline earned by training in the sport. Private lessons turned to group classes to larger rental spaces to finally building , which trains more than 1,000 girls per year. It is crazy-busy and tons of work, but Karen says, "I walk in here everyday and have a big smile on my face. It is so much fun. It is so fulfilling." Krieger is also . (A Thousand Little Girls)
Marsha Handy, of Peters Township, was ready to get back to work but only on her own terms. Marsha examined what mattered to her—extended family, problem solving, flexibility, helping people—and ended up creating a mobile fundraising extension to her sister's successful fashion boutique. It has been a tremendous success and is the perfect job for Handy. "Who wouldn't want to use your mind, work with your sister—in beautiful clothes—and work it around your own schedule?" (Fashion on Big Wheels)
Feeling "more alive" is not a New Year's resolution that we generally articulate, but it may be what we are seeking when we resolve to lose weight, get outdoors more or spend quality time with our families. Upper St. Clair resident Kerry Turner got all of the above when she discovered a cool hobby—geocaching. She found something she loved to do; the rest came naturally. (High Tech Hunts)
Determination and hard work have been involved for all of these women. But they all say that the key to their success is joy—they love what they do. Do your goals include something that you can get excited about? Resolve is great, but passion will get you further.
Do you know a local woman who has turned a passion into an interesting accomplishment? Maybe she should be in Wise Women. Tell us about her at firstname.lastname@example.org.