Nov/Dec
2016

I Am Grateful For My Friends

Written by Jorrie Johnson
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I appreciate my work-from-home business and lifestyle, but as telecommuters and home-based business owners understand, isolation can become depressing. When my boys went back to school this fall I decided to combat the loneliness. I invited friends and readers to join me for coffee at Dunn Bros. Coffee on Mondays from 9-11 a.m. Thank you to all of the women who came to talk with me about RochesterWomen magazine and your business and life.

I also co-hosted Women Wisdom Workshops with Adrienne Sweeney of the Commonweal Theatre at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Assisi Heights and Madonna Towers. Combined, we talked with more than 100 women about relationships, choices/decisions, aging and memories. The conversations we had with women were real, sincere and meaningful. 

As we approach the holiday season, I remind myself how blessed I am to have great childhood memories, good health, a warm home, food on the table and, most importantly, family and friends whom I love and who love me. I began a new Christmas Eve tradition with my single girlfriends a few years ago, gathering after the church service for a ladies night in with wine and food. Instead of entertaining a large family on Christmas Day, I now take my dog on a leisurely walk and treat myself to a bubble bath while my children are with their dad. It is different from the hustle and bustle of Christmases past, but life changes, relationships and traditions change too. I am grateful that Rochester has become home and my friends here have become my family.

I hope you enjoy reading about and listening to country music singer Debbie Anthony (page 15). Country music is not my favorite genre, but when I hear Debbie sing, I could easily become a country music fan. She sang at my friend Katie Kirckof’s wedding over the summer and at Katie’s new business BB Makeup opening in September. Debbie will be hosting her CD release party at Rochester Civic Theatre on Saturday, January 18. 

We hope you will be touched by our four I Am A BeautifulRochester Woman transformations (page 27). They certainly touched our lives through the process.

Please thank our RochesterWomen magazine advertisers. Their advertising makes RochesterWomen magazine possible, their gift to you.

Jorrie

jorrie @rwmagazine.com