Aloha is....finding sisterhood in faraway places.
Fifteen years ago, Erin and I worked for the same company in Stamford, CT, but in different departments, so we didn't know each other. But one fateful day, a mutual friend connected us and we bonded over tragic boyfriend stories. Shortly thereafter, I lost my job in the recession and we lost contact.
Then, just a couple of years ago, thanks to social media, we reconnected only to realize again that we were living parallel lives - but this time - on opposite coasts.
Today, we are both women empowerment warriors, (performance) coaches, and women in transformation - complete with families we have created in our new lives. Erin even lived in California for a bit last year to better understand a woman's journey in transition and transformation. She spearheads an amazing study called, "The Driven Women Project," which highlights women carving out their own professional success in male-dominated fields.
This week, I finally got to meet her fiance and stepson and it felt like "home" in many ways. This family has visited the Philippines several times (I have never returned once) and were happy to share their experiences and what they learned about the people and the islands.
We also discussed my journey in starting life over at 40 and the reasons behind my mission in helping others cultivate self-love and self-esteem.
Lastly, we discussed the importance of leaving positive impacts on children by leading with love, kindness and compassion. Being a stepmom can be especially challenging, but everyone has the opportunity to make a child feel safe, loved and like they matter and to leave positive lasting impressions on them. Therefore, we all play an important role in making our world a better place to live.
I had a beautiful stay at Chateau Patzig on the lake with my Cali sister's family - Michael, Mischa and Aspen. But I especially enjoyed the stimulating conversation and connection.
Lesson: There are always sisters among us. Find them, for we are all more alike than we are different. And, no matter who you are or where you are, you can create family anywhere your journey takes you because ALOHA (love) conquers all!
Live, Love and Lead with Aloha!