48 Hours in LA!

48 Hours in LA!

48 Hours in LA- Villa Blanca West Hollywood.   OF COURSE the place is beautiful.  It was decorated by the ever so chic (and doesn’t appear to age) Lisa Vanderpump from Beverly Hills Housewives. I can confirm the anti-aging observation first hand since my girlfriends practically tackled the woman when she walked into the restaurant.   And so the weekend begins at Villa Blanca; our whirlwind 48 hour trip in my old stomping grounds of LA. 9 friends flew in to celebrate Suzanne’s birthday.  And, let me just say, its not an easy thing to coordinate a trip for 9 women! A birthday trip to LA? Can I really get away to do that.  Of course I can. Because it matters.  When it matters, we make the time. At an event last year for the American Cancer Society, one of the speakers said something profound.  She said we should think about time management this way: Replace “I don’t have time for that” with “that is not a priority.” A more honest approach. Friendship, in my estimation, should always be a priority.  Even with husbands to love, kids to take care of and careers to advance.  Friendship still needs to have a place in our life — beyond Facebook.  Most of this group of friends met while working at 3TV in Phoenix.  It was a crazy, ambitious time for us all.  Our careers were rising and we were bound together by the moment.  On one hand perhaps a little competitive, on another hand, supportive.  As time goes by, one by one, we attend weddings and baby showers, and, in general, watch...
Girl Scout Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards

Girl Scout Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards

When I spotted that green dress in the department store, I know it was perfect.  Just the right shade of Girl Scout green.  I had the honor, once again, to host the Girl Scout Women and Young Women of Distinction Awards. The outfit needs to be right! Off to the Biltmore I went (one of my favorite places in Phoenix) to join a group of incredible people. I love this celebration.  The Girl Scouts shine the light on remarkable women and young women of all ages in our community.  Women who are not content with status quo.  They want to make things better.  And they have a game plan to make that happen. Take for instance, Morgan Serventi from Page, Arizona.  This young woman is stunning.  But she clearly is not focused on outer beauty.  She was awarded the Young Woman of Distinction honor for creating a Methane Bio Digester for a village in Kenya.  I know what you’re thinking.  What the heck is that (I didn’t know either until I listened to Morgan – who, by the way, speaks with all the poise and grace of an award winning actress).  The Bio Digester converts methane into fuel that can power a stove.  It makes it possible for village residents to prepare hot meals and boil unsanitary water.  Morgan says her goal is simply to make the world a better place.  Instead of sitting around on Facebook obsessing about herself, this teenager identified a problem — across the globe — and came up with a game plan to try to fix it. A lot of people say they want...
Women of Worth

Women of Worth

What does it mean to be a Woman of Worth? My friend Kimberly Iverson is finding out the answer to that question in a pretty incredible way. Kimberly and I met back in our 20’s.  We had some fun together; traveled and did whatever it is you do when you are free of responsibility.  I was in school at the time studying broadcast journalism at ASU.  Kimberly was trying to navigate her path.  She ended up getting married and having children at a fairly young age.  Being a mom is a  role that certainly makes you a woman of worth. But there was more to come. She ended up going to nursing school and later would work in hospice care. I’ve heard many people refer to hospice nurses as angels on earth.  And, in dealing with hospice when my grandfather — who I loved so dearly — was facing end of life, I would certainly have to agree. Like many friendships, Kimberly and I drifted a bit over the years.  Not because of lack of fondness between us.  But because no longer did we find ourselves free of responsibility – able to get up and go anywhere on a moment’s notice.  Now we had careers and families.  And very busy schedules. Over the years we’ve managed to keep in touch on Facebook and e-mail.  We’ve seen each other when time allowed (here we are a goofy Halloween party along the way.  I think I was dressed up like Ivana Trump).   I’d been following Kimberly’s effort to start up a non-profit called Bucket List Foundation.  It sounded really amazing...