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Posted by Lane on March 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM Comments comments (0)

Almost a year ago, I introduced you to Julie Anne Rhodes of The Roving Stove. Former top model, actress, rock wife, and jet-setter, she now uses her unique life experience and skills to bring a taste of glamor to dinner tables all over LA.

Something that Julie Anne brings with her from the days of living out of suitcases on a tour bus with ex-husband, Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran, is a lovely daughter. And to my great admiration, she and her ex-spouse have found a way to take what was, in Nick's own words "somewhat nightmarish", and make the best of a reality that includes their daughter in what seems to be a warmly civil relationship.

Today, Julie Anne posted on her blog about having gone to see Duran Duran's fantastic show at The Mayan. It was produced by David Lynch and included a line up of current music greats. Julie Anne said:

 

They were my family for too many years, not to be there for their latest moment of glory. This may sound odd, but I felt like a very proud mama last night. They sounded so great, looked like they were really enjoying themselves, and I LOVE the new album!

 

I read that, and I wanted to talk about something that I think makes a woman worth knowing, and that is the ability to live in Capital-L-Love regardless of circumstances, which means walking in a controlled power, a reigned in ego, and with a true passion for seeing to the happiness of people who depend on you. I read that and I wanted to wave a wand and make a happily ever after come true for everyone involved.

Many of you who read this blog are single parents, striving to make the best of the worst situation, striving to offer your children the best of both parents in two separate worlds. I want you to know how much I admire you and your commitment to what will make your child's life better. I want you to know how much I admire parents who take the responsibility of raising a child together seriously--even after "together" is long gone.

My own parents went down in a great ball of fire, and for many reasons (many valid reasons) have not been in the same room together since their divorce was final. What that has meant for me, their child, has been having to choose whom to invite to this or that, when to announce that or someother, and requiring me to dance like a monkey to be sure paths don't cross and feelings aren't hurt. I can't blame either one of them, knowing the reasons behind the drastic measures, but it makes me that much more aware of what a gift it is when parents find a way to get past themselves for the higher purpose of Parenting.

If you haven't already started reading Julie Anne's blog, you should start now! You should also follow her on Facebook and on Twitter. She is a lovely, gracious woman, who is generous with her knowledge and incredibly kind to her fans. I feel very fortunate to be her cyber-friend, and fully intend to ply her with cupcakes one day.

WWK: Where are They Now? Gina & Angie

Posted by Lane on March 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Catching up with Gina

1. What's new in your life since we "met" you?

In some respects not much. Job is still the same, although I've forged a better relationship with my immediate Direcotr which is affording me a little more growing room. My relationship is still strong and I find I learn more about myself, as well as how to interact in a healthier way, a little more each day. My youngest has graduated high school and I am peering in the window of the empty nest as she prepares to move to San Francisco in a little over a year. I've finally had the opportunity to do some traveling and got my first passport two years ago. Now that I have the opportunity to be whisked away to Paris for the weekend, it isn't happening!

2. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I hope to prepare both myself and my wee babe for her continued journey onto higher education and to living on her own for the first time. I hope my job continues to bring more opportunity. As silly as it sounds I'd like to use the next year to rid myself of excess baggage. Mentally, physically, and materially. And hopefully get whisked away to that Paris weekend. ;-)

3. What do you think makes a woman worth knowing?

I think Humour is essential for anyone to have. Making others smile is my greatest reward and I love receiving the same from others. Add intelligence, integrity, an open mind and a strong sense of self-worth I think you've created a balanced wonderful woman.

Catching up with Angie

1. What's new in your life since we "met" you?

Not a ton different since we "met". I am still working at the same job enjoying myself and my flexible schedule. I had hoped to have another member of the family by this time...but as of now and most likely forever we will be a one child family. I am at peace with that...she's an amazing creature, but it's not exactly where I pictured myself family wise a year ago, let alone 10 years ago. So what else is new...well we purchased an RV a couple summers ago and we travel a lot over the summer months in the RV chasing the sun and some fun. My daughter just turned 5 and I am in the depths of registering her for full day kindergarten. I am currently planning a 2 week trip to Europe with a girlfriend and also a weekend getaway to Chicago to see Duran Duran with a girlfriend as well. Life is good and very busy. Oh and my accomplishment that I am most proud of is that I completed my first 1/2 Marathon in June of last year.

2. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I'd like to meet my fitness and body goals in the next year. I'd also like to take steps to secure my financial future (retirement) and my daughter's college education.

3. What do you think makes a woman worth knowing?

I think any woman who is willing to just be themselves no matter who that might be is worth being. I tried for many years to be what others wanted me to be...and missed out on a lot of things as a result.

WWK Where Are They Know? Charlcye

Posted by Lane on March 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM Comments comments (0)

It is a great time to check in with Charlcye, since she will be the keynote speaker at our first Women Worth Knowing event. I am really looking forward to hearing her speak on networking and self-branding.

Checking in with Charlcye

1. What's new in your life since we "met" you?

I've relocated my personal life/family and real estate business location to Bishop Arts in Dallas and now enjoy this community that includes: internationally recognized artists, great chef restaurants, everything within walking distance, community events every week (Mardi Gras parade had over 5000 people participate), monthly poetry and writer events, and building new relationships with the other Cliffdwellers.

2. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I do not "hope" -- I "will" these things to happen by my intention and willingness to make them my reality:

 

     

     

  • Spiritual -- starting a Coffee Church in April to meet weekly with local Christ Followers at a cool coffee house to talk about God.
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  • Financial -- This year we will pay off the house we live in and bought in February. Aggressive goal!!
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  • Relational -- friend 3 neighbors (not just "meet" but "friend"), participate in 90% of community activities in Bishop Arts. *Environmental -- repurpose items, recycle more.
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  • Charitable -- host 2 fund-raising events at our house (Apr 2nd already scheduled: Peace Mural Artist, Jo Dufo, is raising funds {$50 p/ person} by teaching photography and painting lessons in our backyard then using money to bring peace to the children and mothers at AIDS clinics in Africa).
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  • Health -- take a yoga class a day for 30 days, buy locally organically grown food, choose positive thoughts and words, surround myself with people who are Energy Contributors, and reduce time with Depleters.
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3. What do you think makes a woman worth knowing?

Everyone is worth meeting and getting to know at some level. If we are using the definition of KNOWING as "Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding," then I look for WWK who possess the qualities of being knowledgeable, informative and having a deep understanding.

A WWK provides a positive return on the investment of time that others spend with her.

She is: interesting, influential, wise, with an open heart.

A WWK keeps her cup full so she can share the running over with those around her. She realizes SHE is responsible for HER happiness and for her influence on those who are blessed to encounter her presence.