Everyone is gone and I’m sitting in the quiet for a few minutes …and letting the fun of the weekend settle over me.
After Thanksgiving, conversation continued with our family of close friends enjoying breakfast and each other’s company on Martha’s Vineyard. Clockwise from top: Ellen Wingard, Patricia Seeman, Lisa Arundale, Shannon McCaffery, Holly Getty, Robert Joerger, Rob Berkley and me! (Photo by Edward Beck)
I hope your holiday weekend was filled with love and connection. Mine sure was and I am deeply grateful for the “family” I am surrounded by even though none were my biological relatives.
I hope you, too, have in your life a circle of loved ones you can really count on and feel supported and uplifted by.
This week’s SPARK! is our monthly review of what our fabulous Women on Fire are up to. This is the place to share how you’re doing with your dreams; what is new in your life; or just an update for how things are going.
Congratulations to each one of you! It is thrilling to hear your news and to know how diligently you worked to get where you are:
Sarah Elizabeth with her mothers Connie Greer and Sue Dohner after their debut in BIO-HAZARD: A Relative Comedy in New York City. (Photo by Holly Getty)
Sarah Elizabeth Greer of New York City launched her long-awaited, much anticipated play on Theater Row in New York City with a single performance and within days won the BEST COMEDY Award at the United Solo Festival!
“My goal was to write and perform a comedy about the hazard of being found by my biological mother, and call it BIO-HAZARD: A Relative Comedy — and then invite both of my mothers to join me onstage to help me perform it.
“So, I created a Kickstarter Campaign and with the generous help of our one and only dear Debbie and other incredible Women on Fire like the brilliant and hilarious Kacy Cook, who just happens to be one of the funniest women on the planet (and who also took a stab at editing one of the early incarnations of the play) — as well as the generosity of the extraordinarily talented Janina Sebesky and Regina Weichert, I raised $18,000 and entered my script into the International United Solo Festival, which is the largest solo festival in the world.
“There were several Women on Fire in the audience, all of whom I share such a deep connection. My dear friend Linda Yellin (whose incredible sense of funny inspires me weekly) with her husband Randy Arthur, beautiful Holly Getty, Janina and Regina were all there to cheer us on!
“Five days later, I was informed that my play had won BEST COMEDY of the festival!”
Actress and best-selling author Christina Haag of New York City is starring in the film Half Brother, which begins shooting in December.
She is the author the beautifully written, New York Times’ best-selling book, Come To The Edge, a deeply touching memoir of her romantic relationship with the late John F. Kennedy, Jr.
You may have met Christina at a Women on Fire tea in New York. Or you may recognize her from some of her guest starring roles on shows such as ER, Law and Order, Boston Public, Heroes, Providence, among others, and starring roles on the stage and in independent features.
Jordan Edelheit jumping for joy at her success of her TWO big dreams!
Jordan Edelheit of Columbus, Ohio attended the Women on Fire Day in Columbus last year along with 25 other Ohio State University students and a tea last Spring led by Jan Allen and was inspired to launch two dreams!
“There were two parts to my Women on Fire dream. One was my desire to work within the prison system and to help share the often untold stories of the incarcerated.
“The second was a road trip that I was planning on embarking on over the summer. The two following videos represent summaries of these very different dreams coming true!
“Here is the 90-second promo video of the TEDxMarionCorrectional event, an amazing compilation of footage from a single day’s event at the prison that was more powerful than almost anything else that I have attended.
“I was recently given the opportunity to talk about my project that I created this summer at TEDxYouth@Columbus. It turned out to be an experience that took place in seven weeks and in 8344 miles to seek out over 140 change-makers. Here is the link to my TEDx talk and my dreams coming true.”
Laurie Forster of Easton, Maryland will bring her comedy act to The City Winery in New York City on January 9, 2013.
And, you are invited! Seats are limited and advance purchase is suggested. You also can view her videos here.
An original Woman on Fire and co-author of the Women on Fire book, Laurie is best known as The Wine Coach®. She said in a recent Women on Fire members’ interview that wine may be the vehicle but helping people to have fun in life is her real mission!
Beth Kloesener of Saginaw, Michigan will partner with Northwood University to provide career services for their adult degree and MBA students at campuses based in Michigan, Texas and Florida.
Laura Tiberi of Delaware, Ohio listened to her intuition about coming to the Women on Fire Retreat in Chicago and it was a good thing she stayed home! Her grandson Parker Matthew was born on Oct. 28.
We missed you, Laura, but were glad you didn’t miss Parker’s birth! Congratulations to you and your family.
Dr. Robyn Silverman of Mount Freedom, New Jersey has been invited by Parenting Magazine to be a member of their 2013 “Dream Team” Expert Editorial Advisory Board.
An author, speaker, coach and educator, Dr. Robyn will be called upon by the magazine to share her expertise about parenting, child development, body image and character education.
She frequently discusses these issues as a guest expert on NBC’s Today Show.
Just in time for holiday gift-giving to the little ones in your family, Rosi Amador of Cambridge, Massachusetts and her family have narrated and composed music for two new bilingual children’s audiobooks.
Congratulations, everyone. It is inspiring to see the dreams of women in our community coming true!
Wishing you a great week ahead and I hope you make progress on something important to you in your life this week.
I’m about to dive into a 21-day cleanse to end the year in even better shape than I began it. I start it tomorrow with the talented, holistic health coach Amy Marzluff.
Wish me luck and feel free to comment on the Women on Fire success stories above or your own experience with a cleanse by commenting here!