It’s one of those moments that stick in your brain forever. The kind that makes you laugh every single time you think of it. The one that you share with people, over and over and over.
The one that you can’t imagine your life without and had you not been paying attention or willing to grab onto it – you would have totally forgotten about it and your life would seem emptier and you’d never know why.
I was at a Spanish Honors camp, I was about 16 and for whatever reason, I was wearing a Violet Femmes t-shirt. It was one of those with “old-time” photos, where the three guys were dressed up and it looked all vintage. I was wearing this – why anyone didn’t stop me, I don’t know, either way … if someone had stopped me, well, my life would be different. And not in a good way.
This skinny, long haired beauty approached me at a welcome picnic, she looked at my shirt and said “is that your family?”
Dear God. Three men on my shirt, two of them dressed as women, the words VIOLENT FEMMES etched across the top and this girl thinks they’re my family?
“um, no, they’re the Violent Femmes.” Her name was Jennifer (but we call her Jennifer Helen, got that?) and that began an amazing relationship that continues to this day. We are both 33 years old, we’ve been together through everything; engagements, marriage, careers, job loss, births, cancer…death.
If you and I were sitting in a room together, drinking coffee and eating a dessert, I’d tell you ALL about my Soul Sister except that’s not the point of this post.
The point of this post is to share with you how I’ve watched this person, this person with the biggest dreams, the biggest heart, the biggest smile, so full of life, how I watched a dream of hers hatch from her heart and soul and watched it evolve and turn into REALITY.
She’s a workaholic. She’s a loveaholic. She’s a funaholic and she’s an amazing Mom to three kids, a wife to an awesome (and totally handsome) guy, she’s full of life and wants to do it all. Over the years I have watched her struggle with time and how to manage all of the different facets of her life.
Then one day an idea popped into her head as to what she needed to do to create this path of peace and inspiration, as a wife, Mom, friend, daughter, career-woman, sister, aunt. She created it and now she’s expanding it to share with women everywhere because we, as women take on too much. We, as women, want to do it all except we can’t and so this idea, like a butterfly flying off a branch, gracefully took off from her mind and landed in Chicago.
Triple W was created. For Jennifer Helen. For me. For you. For her, over there.
I’m telling you this as YOUR friend. If you can make it Chicago on September 10 and 11th, you need to attend this conference. Last year, I was at the “beta” launch of TWF, it was small and I walked out to completely inspired to LIVE as a working Mom, a wife, a Mom. I left with tools to help me live my best life.
And that was just the “beta” version of TWF.
So, now, TWF is just two weeks away and I feel like it’s my job to tell you about it because I know you struggle with the very same things – trying to accomplish it all and when you can’t, you feel you have failed. IT’S TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. This is what Triple W is all about.
I’m sure there are 15 reason why you feel you can’t attend, I even gave myself the same reasons; money, sitter; travel. But after sitting with my husband and discussing this, we agreed that this purchase would probably be the purchase of a lifetime. And not just for me but for everyone that surrounds me.
So, I am going.
and I am so proud of her.
and I hope you go, too.