I Digress (no, really?!?!)

Last week I a took a break from the routine around here (as if there is a predictable day at Forty Weeks) to attend a Symposium with Jewish Women International’s 2006 Women to Watch Honorees and then a luncheon in honor of my very dear friend Rabbi Sue Shankman. Going into the day I was beaming with pride as my friend, Sue, was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award and I was beyond thrilled for her and this honor which she so clearly deserves. I went to the Symposium really to get out of my head. I was enamored with the idea of taking it in as opposed to offering my point of view. It was more than nice to sit in the audience and not on the stage. I sat next to Sue’s husband Mike and really filled my mind and soul with the wisdom of some mighty fine women!

The diversity and the quality of the women on the stage was astounding: Michelle Bernstein, Perri, Klass, Susan Manheimer, Marcella Roennburg, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Carol Shapiro, Cindy Spiegel, Aviva Tessler, Lorey Zlotnick and Rabbi Karyn Kedar – all filled the room with their experience, wisdom and their clear commitment to leaving the world a better place and creating their own unique mark to leave behind.

Even better – I had encouraged my friends and clients to help me build a Forty Weeks raffle prize that would be nothing short of extraordinary. Lil Dipper, Zutano, Graco, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Soho Parenting, Baby Daze and more all stepped up to the plate. Our offering was Forty Weeks Fantastic! And the BEST PART – according to Stephanie Schneider at JWI, the woman who won has been TTC for sometime and took this as a sign that it was time for something magical to happen!!! So we wish the winner, Oya a very fruitful new year…lets see what happens next!

Well, a little off the beaten track – but a journey well worth sharing!