Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
I never read these more violent nursery rhymes to my children. I didn’t want them exposed to anything that would scare them.
Unfortunately, life sometimes gives us scary wake up calls. Our life may be going along smoothly and calmly. Suddenly, like a gust of wind, our life takes a rough turn. It may be a death, divorce, loss of job, or medical problem that blindsides us and turns our world into a tailspin. It’s like a tornado passing through our life. Everything is turned upside down, leaving us frightened, depressed, angry or simply confused. Maybe your experiencing a challenge you set upon yourself such as weight loss or a lifestyle change. What do we do?
On May 9th and 10th these five women will be present a panel discussion entitled Challenge, Choice and Courage: An Insight into Working Through Adversity at The Refine Conference.
Caryn Sullivan is a freelance writer, contributing columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and speaker on autism. As Caryn stated in a recent presentation “I’ve experienced so many challenges I can probably relate to all of you.” Caryn faced breast cancer, two years later experienced the anxiety of having a daughter with a rare blood disorder who underwent a bone marrow transplant, nurtured a child with autism, and had her world shaken by her husband’s premature death.
Jennifer Espinosa-Goswami is a former fat girl who is passionate about helping busy working women achieve weight bliss. Following the death of her beloved grandmother, she made the choice to live now. Over 13 years later, she has maintained a total weight loss of 100 pounds. Now a weight loss leader at Weightless, Jennifer shares her inspirational story of lifestyle change by ditching the diet and escaping the gym.
Nikki Abramson is chair of the Resource Committee of Adopted Adults (RCAA), a speaker and instructor. She recently launched her inspirational memoir and self-help book entitled “I Choose Hope: Overcoming Challenges with Faith and Positivity”. Nikki grew up with several severe medical conditions that challenged her, her parents and the medical community. As an adoptee she also faced the challenge of wanting to “fit in” with her schoolmates.
Nadia Giordana is the president of Thinking Skinny LLC and of Cloud 9 Publishing. She’s an active blogger and conducts interviews for her Internet television show, WomanVision TV . She is the author of two books, “Thinking Skinny ” and “Reinventing New Chapters in Your Life at Any Age.” Nadia had the courage to reshape her attitudes, overcome the fear of public speaking, and write an exciting new chapter in her life. This sparked her passion for mentoring other women living the second acts of their lives to resurrect their sidelined dreams and do some of the things they always wanted to do.
Kathi Holmes. I am the moderator of this interesting and informative panel as well as a participant in sharing my story of the challenge of paralysis, the choice to be the best I can with what I have and the courage to step beyond expectations.
We are just one part of the many workshop options at The Refine Conference.
Join us at The Refine Conference as we keep it personal with ourselves, others and God seeking to refine our lives emotionally, spiritually, financially, professionally, in health and wellness and in relationships. Our goal is that your heart will be fulfilled, your mind inspired and your soul nurtured no matter where you might be on life’s journey to …. take your next steps with purpose.
“Each one of us is on a journey, from the first gasp of breath, and we go on it according to our understanding of grace, according to our own courage.”…”We live this journey and make it and know that it’s not easy. But we try to make the crooked road a little straighter, the hurly-burly streets a little cleaner and just a little bit kinder.” Maya Angelou
THE REFINE CONFERENCE
May 9 & 19
Hilton Airport/Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota.
Tickets available at www.therefineconference.com . For a $25 discount enter code honey.