Taking Time for Self-Care

A message from WPF President, Ashley Madden

I’m now in my 8th tax season as a CPA (time flies!) and this time of year is, without a doubt, my most rewarding but also the busiest time of my annual work calendar.   No matter how much I plan in January and jumpstart in February, by the beginning of April, I feel like Lucy Ricardo in that scene where she and Ethel are cramming chocolates in their mouths because the assembly line is faster than they can work.  When we give all we have to everyone else, we can be left weary and frustrated at the end of the day.  We can’t be Superwoman, all the time.   We need to remember that taking care of ourselves is just as important as taking care of everyone else in our lives and checking things off the never ending to do lists. 

I’ve worked with Elizabeth Barbour, a wonderful business coach on and off for the past twenty years.  She wrote an insightful book last year entitled “Smart Self-Care for Busy Women”.  In her book, Barbour points out that you don’t need a month in Bali to achieve self-care.  It is more about dedicating a little time for yourself every day, every week, every month, throughout the year.  And as you create these new healthy routines and habits, you will notice that you may become calmer, more loving, focused, creative, productive, et cetera. 

Self-care is more about an ongoing mindful practice than a one-time event.  As you tackle your day, try to find ways to “take advantage of small moments”.  It may be just taking a few minutes mid-morning to make a nice cup of tea, take a short walk or catch up with a co-worker or neighbor for a few minutes.  These little breathers don’t take much time and they will increase your energy and your focus for the rest of the day.  Another tip is to “ask for help”.  Gosh, is it just me, or is this a really hard one??  But the payoff can be huge.  Whether it is assigning household chores or recruiting help from co-workers or sharing tasks with other committee members on a Board, by asking for help, you may not only free up some time for your own self-care but also may gain more perspective and inclusion for allowing someone else to participate in a task. 

The key to remember is self-care means setting intention to rejuvenate yourself in small ways and short windows of time, day in and day out.  Give yourself permission to see YOU as a priority.  Be mindful to slow down, rest, play, say yes, say no, cultivate your tribe, create art or music and enjoy downtime.  Trust that taking care of YOU, will help you be happier, healthier and more productive in the long run. 

Maybe take a moment of self-care by getting yourself a nice piece of chocolate (or two!) and checking out this hilarious, classic clip of Lucy and the assembly line! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkQ58I53mj

APRIL MEETING: HOW I LEARNED TO BRING MY BEST SELF TO CORPORATE AMERICA

with Regan Forman, Vice President, Creative Strategy & Editorial for ViacomCBS Global Creative Group

Regan Forman is the Vice President, Creative Strategy & Editorial for the ViacomCBS Global Creative Group. In this role, Regan is responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategic plans across all properties within the company. ViacomCBS develops products from the top shows on Nickelodeon to Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures and mostly recently CBS/Showtime.  Regan also oversees a creative team of writers and storytellers who provide editorial functions across the Creative and Franchise Marketing Teams.

Before returning to the east coast to join Nickelodeon in 2013, Regan had spent 13 years working for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California.  Regan was a key member of the team that oversaw the toy product development, creative execution and marketing strategies for all consumer products for Disney-Pixar films.

Originally from Greensboro, NC, Regan currently lives just outside NYC with her husband, two children and two rescue border collies. She is active in her community, specifically focusing on the MESH Café program. The mission of MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is to provide overnight respite and evening meals for those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity within the Montclair, NJ community and surrounding areas.  Regan is an avid runner and a member of the New York Roadrunners, where she has run 5 marathons as well as volunteered for events throughout the 5 boroughs.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

UPDATE FROM SUE SCHWARTZ, MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

Happy Spring!!  Just a few items from the Membership Committee.  The Board has decided that we will not be accepting applications for membership in 2021. We look forward to the fall when hopefully we can be together for our meetings and get to know guests and potential members.

There have been really great programs with our Zoom format but we know some sisters are having some issues joining us.  Just a gentle reminder that according to our Policies, Procedures and Guidelines that Active members need to attend 50% of regularly scheduled monthly meetings.  It further states “if an Active Member knows that she will not be able to attend 50% of the meetings, she should discuss her particular situation with the Membership Committee Chair. Here’s a link to the Policies and Procedures document for more information:

http://wpforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Policies-Procedures-and-Guidelines-Mar-2021.pdf

I can be contacted by email:  sue.schwartz29@gmail.com or cell phone 336.287.7759.  We all need to stay safe but I would also say we need our sisters more than ever.  I look forward to “seeing” you all in April.

FOUNDATION NEWS

Building a World of Understanding, A Message from Jean Pudlo, WPFF President

Dear WPFF Members – remember, that’s all WPF members –

Your Foundation board is committed to being good stewards of your donations, and so I want to give you an update.

We have committed to adding cash to the endowment fund each year. In 2020 and 2019 we added $10,000, and we have budgeted to add $15,000 this year.  We can do that because fundraising has allowed us to use available cash to make our grants – budgeted at $24,000 for 2021 – this year, without dipping into those funds.  Both the fund earnings and contributions then can increase the endowment and its ability to generate earnings for the future.

We are excited to report that our asset total is now over half a million, at $545,000!

Thank you to all of you who contributed to help with this growth. Our December contributions were larger than ever in a difficult year for many.  And more importantly, these contributions allow us to invest more this year than ever in programs in our community that aid in the growth of women and girls in their professional and personal growth as leaders.

You’ll be hearing from the Foundation in a few different ways in the next few weeks as we look to the May meeting hosted by the Foundation.  We want you to learn more about our grantees’ work made possible by your support.  So, keep an eye out for some emails and mail.  You’ll also get to meet – virtually – some of our grantees on May 12.

SIGS… Make friends, build bonds, and grow

BOOKS  & ARTS

ArtsGreensboro Public Art Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 17 or Sunday, April 25 Time TBD

To celebrate iHeart Arts Month,  ArtsGreensboro is hosting their annual Public Art Scavenger Hunt for art lovers.  Books & Arts plans to make this its April event.  Nancy Radtke is willing to organize a team or teams (if we have enough) for a socially distanced walk/ride through Greensboro to “Tag” the found artworks.  If you would like to participate on Saturday, April 17 or Sunday, April 25, please email Nancy at nancy.radtke@allentate.com.  The participants will meet afterwards at Cafe Europa for a sip of something outdoors!

You may also register on the link on your own – or form your own team.  This is free – (you will be asked to make a donation – and that’s up to you.  Complete challenges along the way to earn points and the chance to win prizes.

To register a team on your own, use https://www.artsgreensboro.org/elevate/i-heart-arts-month/ to receive your code to the app and enjoy exploring for the whole month of April.  Note you will need to register your individual team members.

DEVOTED TO DIVERSITY

Racial Equity Discussion on Tuesday, April 20 @ 6:30pm via Zoom

We will draw on resources from the United Way’s 21-day Equity Challenge to guide our conversation about how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. In the interest of time, we will be limited to only a few of the daily challenges to discuss in detail. If you would like to participate in United Way’s program, register at  https://www.unitedwaygso.org/challenge. NOTE: You do not have to sign up for the challenge and/or complete the challenge to participate in our meeting on April 20.

About the United Way 21-day Racial Equity Challenge:  Participants receive daily emails for 21 days with short definitions and explanations of terminology, short videos, and challenges to take on your own. Daily topics include understanding bias, affordable housing & homelessness, legal system inequities, privilege and allyship.

We invite you to take the challenge for whatever length of time your schedule allows in whatever depth you are able to commit. It may be beneficial to write your thoughts down to share at our meeting, as there is so much good information to track. As always, be in touch with any questions and ideas: Nicole Hayes nicole.hayes92@yahoo.com, Terri Harris terriharris1800@gmail.com, Rebecca BenGideon rbengideon@gmail.com.

WORKING MOMS

Tuesday, April 20 @ 12:15 pm at Printworks Bistro

Join us (in person!) for lunch as we look at the next 6 months and choose locations and topics for our Working Moms SIG. RSVP to Marlee Foster marlee.foster@conehealth.com.   We are capping the group at 10.

SIPPIN’ SISTERS

Derby Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 27 ~ 6 PM @ Amy Meinecke’s house
5448 Smiley Wyrick Rd, McLeansville, NC  27301

Celebrate Derby Day early with hostesses Amy Meinecke and Dede Potter who will have you thinking: “My dear! That’s a great Mint Julip!” $15 cover and space is limited. Please RSVP ASAP to Kim Trone, 336 707-2136 or kimberlyt0011@gmail.com.  Attention!!!  Hats are the rage -Proudly sassy, stunningly elegant, or bold is best!!  Show off your finest and win our Derby best hat Contest!

DINING OUT

In-person: Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30 pm… Location TBD with host: Amy Meinecke
Virtual Dining Out, April…with host: Anne Smith

If you are interested If you are interested in attending either Dining Out event in April, please RSVP to diningout@wpforum.org and you will receive more information when available.

WOMEN OF WALL STREET

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 PM via Zoom

No April meeting. We’ll meet in May meeting for a business meeting.  A Zoom invitation will be sent to members prior to the meeting.  Please contact Peggy Ward at peggy.ward8@icloud.com if you would like more information.

ANYTHING GOES

May 15 Kickoff! 2021 Habitat Greensboro Women Build

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Our goal is to raise $8000 and so far we have raised a little more than $2400. Please go to https://give.habitatgreensboro.org/team/343412 to make a donation. Would your company consider sponsoring the Women Build? You can read more about sponsorship at https://habitatgreensboro.org/women-build-2021-sponsorship/. Please let me know if your company does sponsor, so we can make sure our WPF team gets credit!

Finally, if you would like to help us fundraise or participate on a build day, contact Amy Meinecke at amy.meinecke@gmail.com. Last time, the build days were limited and not everyone got the chance to participate. I will keep a “first come, first serve” list of volunteers. So, let Amy know asap!

FINANCIAL DIVAS

We are in the process of planning for upcoming speakers. If you or someone you know would like the opportunity to present at one of the Financial Divas SIG meetings, please reach out to Cecelia Anderson (canderson@investdavenport.com). The purpose of our SIG is to provide the opportunity for education and discussion of financial matters.