After losing a sister to cancer this past November and preparing myself for my 60th birthday in May, I have been reflecting on my life and my experiences.  What can I do to make my life more meaningful?  Meeting new people does not cost a dime, just a little time!  Thus, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarf. You just never know how a new acquaintance can change your life forever. On Monday, February 29th, I met Gretchen Kelly at Starbucks to receive my scarf.  We had a lovely conversation and shared a lot about ourselves in a short 30 minutes.  As we left Starbucks, we hugged and said, “Let’s do this again!” I wore my scarf proudly on March 1st. On Wednesday, March 2nd, I passed on my scarf to Katie Burns, a fourth-year engineering student.  We met for lunch and had an amazing conversation. The overall experience was WONDERFUL!

As I have become more seasoned, I have learned to see my glass as half full instead of half empty.  I have learned to appreciate the simple things in life, such as a beautiful sunset. I have learned to pay my own way. I have learned to appreciate the fact I can get out of bed every morning to start a new day. I have learned God is good, and He does not give you anything you cannot handle. But most of all, I have learned that I am not perfect! I am thankful for my lovely adult children and my entire family. I am thankful for the opportunities the University of Dayton has given me. I thank God for my law school family and the gift of their friendships. I appreciate all the hard work that the Women’s Center does to make the women on campus better people. I am looking forward to a better year and a 2016 full of many blessings. This is what I wish for everyone.

Editor’s note: Eight scarves are connecting 87 University of Dayton women. Each woman will spend a day with the scarf before meeting  another woman and sharing the scarf with her. After this exchange, each woman will reflect on her experience during her time with the scarf. This post is the eighth in a series. 


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