The importance of women as mentors in our lives

There are mothers and sisters and good friends and teachers. And then, there are mentors... Along the curves and bumps in my life journey, I have been fortunate to have mentors to steer me in the right direction, to get me back on track and to cheer me on at the finish line. Most of them have been women -- inspirational, wise and strong women. They have appeared in my life like a blessing, just at the right time and with purpose. I have met them in college, in graduate school, at work, online, in my community and within my family. They have served as powerful role models, anchors, life coaches, motivators and firm reminders of who I am and what I can become.

Mentor as wise advisers

Traditionally, a mentor is known as a wise and trusted adviser, teacher or friend, who is usually a more experienced person than the mentee in a particular community or role. Mentoring relationships normally exist in corporate environments and in higher education settings, where mentors help individuals advance in their careers, enhance their education, and build networks.

Mentors in the business of life

I propose we broaden the concept of mentorship to include the invaluable role that women serve to each other, as powerful sources of inspiration, guidance, support and encouragement. Read More
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CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

One of the themes for May here at Simple Living Media was community, so I couldn’t let the month end without a discussion of community supported agriculture, or CSA.  Many of you are probably already familiar with CSAs, but hopefully you’ll be inspired to learn more about CSAs, join one, or (why not?) even start (read more…)

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Weekend links

Most of the little free time I have lately has been spent sewing, sewing, and sewing.  It’s my nesting outlet for the birth of number three, who is welcome to come whenever he wants.  With that in mind, most of today’s weekend links have the crafty bent.  Enjoy… Recipe Card Maker :: Skip to My (read more…)

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Sunday Links: Memorial Day Weekend

• From How About Orange: DIY Mid Century Clock Magnets • From Simple Kids: Simple Elements for Backyard Fun – Even Without the Backyard • From Non-Toxic Kids: EWG’s 2010 Safer Sunscreen Guide • From Fake Plastic Fish: How to Store Produce Without Plastic • From New Urban Habitat: How Walkable Is Your Neighborhood? • (read more…)

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A birth abroad

Today I’m over at (in)courage, where I’m sharing the birth story of my second-born.  He was delivered in the country where we recently lived, and needless to say, there were some definite cultural differences.  From the post: “Things rather quickly escalated in the operating room. The gaggle of nurses and doctors shot me questions left (read more…)

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