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Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities - women like you. We invite you to join us at our monthly lunch and dinner meetings, and take advantage of being a CWF member. 

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President's Message - May 2017
Jane H. Maulucci

Mother, may I...?

When we were kids there was a game called “Mother, may I...?” where whomever was “Mother” would grant, adjust, or reject your request to move forward on the playing field. The point of the game was to create suspense while having the contestants move awkwardly with baby steps, regular steps, or giant steps toward (and sometimes away from) their goal. This is a case of sport imitating life.

When you come up with a new idea or goal, there is always an internal conversation. It might be just a millisecond or it can last months and years as you try to move forward. Simple things like selecting your breakfast beverage don’t need a huge amount of consulting, but tackling something personally or professionally that is outside of your cozy life box will start the chatter.

“Mother” may answer with encouragement or disdain. She may question your ability to achieve this new goal or wonder why such a thing is necessary. She may insist that you immediately take giant steps only to be followed by a holding pattern of baby steps that keep you inches from your goal. Or she may even deny you the opportunity entirely.

However, unlike the kids on the playground, you don’t have to listen to her. You can use your selective hearing to find the words and means that will spur you on while assessing the value of the concerns and options “Mother” may raise.

As Mother Nature refreshes the landscape in May we are invigorated to tackle new things. So if you get an urge to make a change or start an adventure, you don’t have to ask “Mother, may I?”— just do your happy dance and go for it.

This month we have two speakers who focus on the end result. At the Chelsea for dinner on May 2, Elizabeth Wood will talk about how “Who Do You Know...?” changed her life. Then at the New Bern Golf and Country Club luncheon on May 19, Eileen Nonemaker will teach us the power of “No!” While you’re sitting with your tablemates ask them how “know” and “no” may have played a part in their success.

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For only $40 per year, you can receive all the benefits of being a member of Coastal Women's Forum.  In addition to the networking and education opportunities CWF provides to all guests, members receive a $5 discount on the price of meals, have access to members-only content areas of the website, and can promote their business or cause for free at CWF events and in the CWF newsletter.  Join today!

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