In December, I got to participate in the BeYou Renew women’s weekend retreat hosted by LuAnn Buechler at the lovely Holy Spirit Retreat Center about an hour west of Rochester. On that particular Friday evening, after the sun had long gone down, I drove anxiously into the darkness. The wind swirled around my vehicle, carrying me through the cold blizzardy night. At about 7:30 p.m., I arrived at the retreat center lit with warm lights. I found a blazing wood fire and a small group of women who were listening to a Sister explain the house rules. We sat in a circle, opening our hearts and minds to each other. 

Throughout the weekend, I became calm as I identified and prioritized my professional passions and markers for 2017. I am passionate about earning what I am worth, being creative, problem-solving, project management, work-life balance and making a difference in the world. What makes me happy are living my passions and purpose.

Are you looking for your purpose and want to set some goals for 2017? Read our new Health, Wealth and Happiness column (page 11) by Emily Watkins, owner of Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio. Now, at the beginning of the year, set your intentions and attention on what you want to achieve in 2017. You can be the difference you want to see in the world. Read Changing the World one girl at a time, about JOY and the essays they wrote for MLK Day (page 13). For the heart of it, plan your own Pinterest party (page 15), attend the Go Red For Women event (page 22), sip some wine and go cross-country skiing (page 47) or give someone a hug (page 55).

Continuing our series on careers for women in RochesterWomen magazine, we are featuring women in architecture, carpentry and civil engineering in Against the Grain (page 25) by Sarah Oslund. The women we feature are leading the way for women in higher-paying, traditionally male-dominated career fields.

In honor of the annual Home Show (February 10-12, Mayo Civic Center), we feature saunas and hot tubs (page 28). I remember taking my daughter to the Home Show when she was a preschooler and watching her jump in the warm bubbly hot tub (yes, she got soaking wet at the Home Show). It wasn’t long after that, we bought one for our backyard. It was a fun, year-round family activity. 

We inspire, encourage and empower women to Be~YOU~tiful throughout the year in Rochester Women magazine. 

Happy New Year,


Correction: The doTERRA essential oils representatives featured in Rochester Women magazine November/December 2016 issue websites are Jaime Smoody and Angel Hutchins

Rochester WomenSeptember/October 2016 issue p. 38: Foxwood Cellars is actually Foxwood Wine Cellars.