Who do you love? What do you love? What do you love to do? In this January/February 2018 issue of Rochester Women magazine, delve into desires and passions of your heart. Read  “The Passion Test” (page 10) and “Desire Mapping” (page 12).  

Last winter, for my soul and social life, I gathered a group of women from church at Dunn Brothers Coffee one evening a month. I looked forward to getting out with other women for stimulating conversation, coffee or wine. (Yes, they serve wine at Dunn Brothers Coffee.) Developing a community of women is what I love doing with Rochester Women magazine as well. See “Community Begins with Coffee” (page 40).

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. created a wave of women’s walks across the country, including Rochester. I proudly put on on my hot pink vest, clipped a hot pink flower in my hair and went to Silver Lake in Rochester. (I know this is political, but I’ve been told time and time again that Rochester Women magazine has been around long enough to take some risks.) Lo and behold, who did I run into at the walk but my dear friend and personal trainer, Emily Watkins. We walked together and talked with women about their concerns and what action could be taken to protect our rights as women. It was empowering. Inspired by the walk, Emily hosted a postcard writing event at Empowered Wellness & Fitness Studio. There are also “More Women On the Move” (page 38) in politics. 

A few days later, Emily and I co-hosted a journaling workshop as the first in a series of Writers Workshops at Forager Brewing Company. We will be hosting book groups on January 24 and March 14 and a poetry writing workshop in April. Watch for events on Facebook. Check out “Flock of Readers, Rochester Public Library Book Groups” (page 43). 

I spent a lot of time studying for the Project Management Professional certification last winter. I passed in March. Yay! In July, I took a temp job with Foster Electrical a Premier Company as Office Manager and, in November, I was offered the position as a full-time employee (with benefits). Emily Watkins has been helping with editorial assignments for Rochester Women magazine since August and has a new-found passion. I have gained an appreciation for trades profession and corporate leadership (see “From the Ground Up: Women Are Re-Wiring the Electrical Industry” page 21). 

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