Announcing The Great March Giveaway Winner

04/6/10 | The Women's Conference | 2 Comments

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Is “having it all” possible? And what does that even mean?

For those of you who responded to our Great March Giveaway question, having it all is not always an option; for some, it’s a myth. But for those of you who believe we can “have it all,” that meaning varies. It can change according to one’s stage in life; it might mean focusing on one thing at a time; it might mean achieving peace of mind; it might be finding oneself and living that truth – or it might simply be love.

Below is The Great March Giveaway winning response, as well as the four honorable mentions.  We love their creativity, optimism, realism and wisdom. We hope you do, too.

[NOTE: OUR MARCH WINNER IS UNABLE TO ATTEND; HONORABLE MENTION JULIE V WILL GO IN HER STEAD.]


The Great March Giveaway winning response:

Katherine Schribner, 23 years old
Our response is a compilation of thoughts from six women in our office at George Mark Children’s House. We wanted to give perspective gained from both the optimism of youth and the wisdom acquired from life-experience.

  1. I went to the bathroom and I am vertical. Ellen, 84
  2. Enjoying good health; using one’s resources to make our planet a safe and healthy one for our grandchildren; appreciating the gifts of longtime friendships, and being grateful to have a challenging, rewarding profession. Frosting on the cake is a supportive husband! Kathy, 66
  3. Peace and happiness. The grace to accept life on life’s terms. Linda,58
  4. Three wonderful children, a job that I love and a husband I am still passionate about. Kempe, 44
  5. Good kids, good sex drive with my new husband, good job and wonderful coworkers, still able to accomplish several other things in life (I hope) like school and buying a house. Yesenia, 37
  6. Reaching, with grace and dignity, for everything you want, regardless of societal expectations and glass ceilings, taking care of yourself and never giving up. Katherine, 23

 

Honorable mentions:

Jonesintexas
I want it all in a red dress with high heels and diamonds
And dabs of expensive perfume behind my ears

I want it all -
Lab coat and stethoscope for jewelry and a red clown nose to cheer on a little smile
Healing in my hands and heart
And an evening benefit to attend at 8 (what shall I wear?)

I want it all
Kid hand prints on the doors and underneath the light switch
Time to play and run in the field behind our house
That has no stickers
With our dog, Ranger

I want it all
Rosie my maid to pick up the laundry, but I want to do the cooking –
keep it real

I want it all
A writing cubby where I spit out my literary works
That touch peoples lives and change
Their perspectives
One wall orange. Just because.

I want it all
A window with a view of mountains and desert and ocean
And always a cool breeze blowing through
And soft music of wind in trees

I want it all
Two rocking chairs on a long front porch where symphonies of nighttime sound
And no mosquitos bite
An grandchildren clamber to hear the good-night story
And calls to come in for dinner ring in the neighborhood

I want it all
Is that so wrong?
Can I have it all? Probably not, but…does wanting make it morose?

 

Lacey Weiszbrod, 27 years old
As a 27 year old accountant with moxie – yes, we do exist – who got engaged 13 days ago, “having it all” looks a little something like this:

  • Coming home after a productive work week spent with my 10 key calculator / red pencils and drinking a glass of cheap white wine under a leopard print Snuggie on the couch (where you’ll find me at the moment)
  • Answering the phone when my little brother calls to talk about high school bullies and knowing that somehow he feels a little better about things by the time we hang up (funny impersonations of our Mom probably help)
  • Giving thanks that my retired lumberjack gramps hasn’t tried to dynamite anything else on his mountain property so he can walk me down the aisle next Spring (let’s just say that it would not be the first time)

California ladies – Let’s help our sisters / neighbors / BFFs / coworkers shout that HAVING IT ALL IS CERTAINLY NOT A MYTH! Yeehaw…
 

Olga M. Zamora, early 30s
“Having it all” is real.

It’s not a bad thing, like Ahab chasing Moby Dick bad, because the concept has inspired progress and continues to inspire dreams and goals. The generally accepted definition is one in which women successfully balance a career and a marriage with kids; however, my definition of “having it all” means having such intangibles as freedom, choice and opportunity, which eventually lead to tangibles, like careers, marriage and a firm tush.

Modern-day American women, like me, “have it all.” I enjoy freedom, choices and opportunities previous generations of women did not. I have the ability to define for myself what “having it all” means, as opposed to having a definition imposed on me. This is a testament to the dreams they conceived and the sacrifices they made.

Today, I am grateful and humbled to know that I can vote, marry whom I want to marry (if I want to marry), stay at home and help mold some of tomorrow’s minds, start my own business, or eat a pint of ice cream all by myself. The beauty is that I have the ability to choose the direction of my life, and that is GRAND.

 

Julie V, 30s
I am a mother of three in my 30's and a Clinical Psychologist. In many ways, I have tried to have it all. Perhaps I have watched one too many Elextrolux commercials, but in spite of Kelly Ripa’s exhortation that I can “be even more amazing,” my life has begun to whisper a different message. Maybe as women in 2010, it’s time to be slightly “less amazing” by embracing our limits and protecting the things that truly matter. Instead of leading over-full lives marked by colliding commitments and unanticipated costs, I wonder what would happen if we made realistic and honest assessments in life so that at the end of a hard-working day, as our heads hit the pillow, we could relish in a new kind of success. While it may mean that we can’t do everything, it also means that the things we do, we can do well. We can trade the outmoded and generic image of a superwoman for an image of a new woman who honors that small voice inside of her, respects the unique facets of her own life, knows when and how to say “no”, and discovers a whole new world of yeses.

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  • The possibly unnoticed portion of life comes from the men whom support and promote how important it has always been to hear and thoroughly understand the voices and actions of women, and how to better prepare the next generation of both women and men as leaders faced with the challenges of the new world global issues we should have already overcome. Human rights, freedom of choice and chosen lifestyles are just a scratch on the surface of the many complex decisions in life. To truly move forward, men must better understand and implement women's values and equality in the work place, in the home and as a civil society. We can only grow as a family of humans through the values of all people and allow all to contribute. Every voice needs to be heard, every issue needs to be addressed. Let us complete this journey for a common goal of a better and more productive inhabitable planet for all, and forever more.

    Posted by AJoelWeinFilm, 6 April 2010.

  • Congratulations to the winner and the honorable mentions. I also feel strongly that everyone who takes the time to create a post each month should get recognized. So I send my own honorable mention to every woman out there, even if I haven't read your post.. Keep creating inspiring words from your heart.

    Posted by Julie, 6 April 2010.