Taking the Time to Be Inspired

by Heidi Doxey

“I would love to get more involved.”

“That’s so cool that you had an experience like that.”

“I wish I had known about it; I think I would have really enjoyed it.”

“I don’t really have any opportunities to network or anything right now.”

Have you ever said any of the above statements? Or thought some derivative of them?

Are you looking for something more in your work? Are you looking to be involved with a good cause (whether that is AMW or not)? Would it be beneficial for you to talk with others in your same situation—whether that is a full-time student, part-time student, career woman, someone looking to return to either work or school, or are you just craving some conversation and interaction with smart, fantastic women?

Most of us have at one point or another missed an opportunity because we were too busy, didn’t have enough information to determine before-hand if it was worthwhile, had other obligations, or just didn’t hear about it until after the fact.

Good news! Here is all the information, well in advance, of an event that will be right up your alley!

JulieHanksIn just a few short weeks AMW is hosting an evening with a fantastic keynote speaker, Julie de Azevedo Hanks, who understands the juggling act women face every day trying to balance family, church, and other aspirations. In addition to being a wife, mother, licensed therapist, business owner, award-winning singer-songwriter, mental health blogger, speaker and consultant (whew! what a list!), Julie has also written a book called The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women. Sound like something that may apply to you?

I often feel my life is overwhelming, chock-full of good things, but seemingly too many of them. With work responsibilities, church and other volunteer opportunities, paying the bills and keeping up with laundry and trying to be a half-way decent wife and stepmom I often feel like I am failing in a thousand different ways. It is important to give myself a little break to reassess and regroup. I feel rejuvenated by sharing and talking with other wonderful women who are experiencing some of the same struggles and triumphs that I am. We are all in this together, ladies!

Life isn’t about being flawless or finding a perfect balance, it’s about becoming more of who you really are. When women thrive, families thrive. When we are consumed by caring for others or caught up in the pursuit of external perfection, it’s easy to forget to be awake and alive in our own lives.

-Julie de Azevedo Hanks

A Night Out with Aspiring Mormon Women gives you a chance to hear Julie speak on her work, her unique perspective, and experience. You will be able to meet and mingle with other aspiring women and find some allies. Even if “networking” isn’t your thing, we could all probably benefit from a new friend or two who understand where we are coming from and the daily struggle to manage it all. You will have an evening of rejuvenation and conversation that is good for the soul. You will be inspired.

Register here now! Spots are filling up!

3 Comments on “Taking the Time to Be Inspired

  1. I hope that someday we will have something like this here in Alaska. The more I get to know my stake, and the experiences of the sisters here, I think that it would help so many people, both women and men, to have an AMW group here. I am thinking that if I can get the support of institute teacher(s), I may try to start it as an official club at my school, so that we can use space for our events.

    I would love some input from the group about what you think the best way would be to approach people. Since we only moved to Alaska last December, I don’t know a lot of people, but I have been impressed by how many of the women work, are going to school, and are looking for jobs. There is a high concentration of both military families and people involve in UAF as students, faculty and staff.

    I would like to make it as inclusive as possible, and have at least one activity a month that is for the families and people who support the members of AMW. I think that some should focus on the needs of AMW and their families, and some should be reaching out to the YW and YM, and some should be a time for kids nights, so women with kids get a chance for a night with friends, a date with their husbands, or a chance to hang out with the kids, depending on which experience is currently not being met. (I had a conversation with a grad student who misses babysitting her nieces and nephews, and is frustrated that ward members assume her offers to babysit are an attempt to make money, when she is happy to do it for free, so she can have some kid time.) That conversation is the Genesis of this particular idea.

    I would love any thoughts and advice. I’m not sure if AMW wants to have groups like this, so if not, other suggestions for names would be great too.

  2. Julia,

    We just moved to Alaska last May. Pm if youde like to chat more about this.

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