Celebrating Them…and US!

Celebrating the 19th Amendment

What’s so good about today?

This month marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The amendment was ratified on August 18, and certified on Aug. 26, 1920. 100 years ago today. 

It might not seem like so big a deal to people like us who were raised with the right to vote.
However, close your eyes for a moment and think of those women – like your great grandmothers, or even your grandmothers and great aunts. World War I had just ended and the world was living through a pandemic – with way fewer sources of information. They had to wait for the evening paper to find out anything.
For their whole lives, those women had almost no say in the decisions that impacted their lives. They grew up thinking only white men could vote – and had to watch as even the really dumb ones voted while so many smart women stayed silent.
Then the 19th Amendment was ratified and certified less than 70 days before the presidential election. It was new and exciting, and I’ll bet, a little scary.

The Big First Steps for Women’s Empowerment

The 19th Amendment was the beginning that changed everything for women – including you and me.

It’s history now, but here’s the thing: it didn’t happen fast. The 19th Amendment was over 100 years in the making. While some women stirred the pot of change for years, it wasn’t until 1848 that something “big” happened – the First Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. The movers and shakers at that convention included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony.
They didn’t know it would take almost another hundred years to become the 19th Amendment. Or that they themselves would never get the right to vote.
You know who else never voted?

  • Clara Barton, the “Angel of the Battlefield.” She was instrumental in founding the American Red Cross, which is still strong and vibrant today.
  • Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, a British physician who became America’s first female doctor.
The list goes on and on – one smart Victorious Woman after the other kept plugging away – an uphill battle. They, too, had no end date (and no phones, FB – not even  washing machines or dishwashers!)  They just had a bunch a question marks.
They must have been exceptional women, yes? Actually…maybe not so much!

In her book, Founding Mothers, the late Cokie Roberts, explains it this way: “…as I got to know these women…I came to the conclusion that there’s nothing unique about them. They did – with great hardship, courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, and humor – what women did. They put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances. They carried on.”
They did it then and we are doing it now – with courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, and humor.

Now It’s Our Turn to Create Change

We’ll change the way we school our kids. Tele-work and tele-health will be commonplace. Drive-in movies will be all the rage – again. Women running our country and companies will be the norm.
And couples will look back on the old way of marriage and think “how did any marriages ever survive without regularly resetting every five years?”
100 years from now, those women will be looking back at us and thinking “WOW – they must have been something!”
THAT’S what’s so good about today.
Let’s celebrate it! Call your BFF and toast the women from 100 years ago. Toast our pluckiness during this pandemic. Have some fun imagining what two women 100 years from now will be saying about us.
Cheers to all of us and each of us!
With love and in victory,
Annmarie
#WomensEmpowerment,  #FiveYearMarriage, # Victorious Woman Project, #LoveAndMarriage,  #AnnmarieKelly

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Cathy Sikorski on Friday Happy Hour

Happy Hour friend, Cathy Sikorski is back this week to talk caregiving, women in midlife, and more. Cathy will also be giving us some tips right from her newest book, Who Moved My Teeth,. And, while our conversation always has some jazz and sparkle, Cathy always brings a little spice. Join us this week for some Happy Hour fun!

Here’s the article I talked about: Barbara Bush and Me
Want to join the party with me and the other Girlfriends this year? We’re still in early discount mode, so get your tickets now: Girlfriend Gala
Here’s info about the bridal fair: Wed Local
Here’s a flyer for Cathy Sikorski is doing near Reading:
 
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RadioWrapUp.7.7.17: What's Your Brand?

What’s your brand? Whether you know if or not, and whether it’s business or personal, you have a brand! Your brand is the way people see you and how they identify you. Are you in control of your brand? If you aren’t, others are. How are they defining you – and is it what you want? Megan Driscoll is joining Annmarie Kelly to talk about you, your brand, and how to use it to shape your next chapter – or reshape your current brand.

EvolveMKD founder and CEO Megan Driscoll is a sought-after strategic media and communications professional with nearly 15 years of experience in healthcare, aesthetics and dermatology, and prestige beauty. In just 2.5 years, Evolve has grown to 18 employees with a near-perfect retention rate, over $3 million in revenue, and is currently serving 20 brands. Megan has also earned numerous industry accolades in the last year, including Agency Professional of the Year, PR Pro Under 40 by Bulldog Reporter, and Female Entrepreneur of the Year. Her agency was also named Company of the Year, Startup of the Year, and Women-Run Workplace of the Year by the Stevie’s Business Awards, and was one of the Top Places to Work in PR by PR News. Megan’s Website: www.evolvemkd.com  and Facebook: @EvolveMKD

Here’s a link to one of Megan’s interesting blog posts:Female Entrepreneurs
Here are some of those Newsies links:
Video of a Newsies dance number: YouTube
Newsboys Strike: Historical Reference
Upcoming shows: Theater Info


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Gettysburg and Ghosts on the Friday Happy Hour

Gettysburg is famous for two things: what happened there on July 1-3, 1863 and President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address four months later. The battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the Civil War. Around 50,000 Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives at Gettysburg and it’s said that many of their souls are still around.

This week we’re mixing history and the supernatural with historian Mike Nesbitt. Mike says that Gettysburg is the most haunted town in the country. I’m going to ask him why…and so much more.

Mark Nesbitt was a National Park Service Ranger/Historian for five years at Gettysburg before starting his own research and writing company. He has published over twenty books including the national award-winning Ghosts of Gettysburg series, two Ghost Hunters Field Guides and Civil War Ghost Trails. In 1994, he created the Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours based on stories from his books.
Learn more about Mike, including his books and ghost tours: Gettysburg Ghosts
You can also find Mike’s books on Amazon: Ghosts of Gettysburg

Annmarie is “live” every Friday, from 3-4pm EST.
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You won’t want to miss Happy Hour with Annmarie Kelly …and you don’t have to!

  • In West Chester PA: turn your radio dial to 1520AM
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RadioWrap-Up.6.16.17: Signs Of Hope

How did you feel after the last election? Matthew (Levee) Chavez tapped into a lot of feelings. He asked people to express themselves and did they ever! Subway Therapy was the result. Levee is joining Annmarie Kelly to talk about how this unexpected movement got started and what it’s done for people all over the world.
Signs of Hope is due out in October. You can pre-order now on Amazon: Signs of Hope
You can see more at on Levee’s website at SubwayTherapy.com and find Levee on Facebook @SubwayTherapy.


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If you’re interested in going to the comedy club I mentioned, here’s the link: Reactors Comedy Club

Annmarie is “live” every Friday, from 3-4pm EST.

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RadioWrapUp.6.9.17: The Art of Moving

Are you relocating for a job, or downsizing, or moving to an over 55 or CCRC community? Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of decluttering, packing and starting over? Ali Wenzke knows that feeling. She moved 10 times in 11 years. If anyone can help, Ali can!

After so many moves, Ali settled down in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three children. She doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. BUT, these day’s Ali is helping the millions of people who move each year by providing practical tips on how to make moving a happy experience on her website, The Art of Happy Moving. Ali’s website has a free resources page that is a one-stop shop for moving. You’ll find free moving checklists as well as links to rental trucks, moving calculators, movers that will donate your food for you, city walk scores, and more. Stay tuned for Ali’s upcoming book, The Art of Happy Moving.

Ali is joining Annmarie Kelly at the Friday Happy Hour to talk about how you can start now to make that move easier and happier.

Annmarie with Ainsley Earhardt
Annmarie with Ainsley Earhardt

I mentioned meeting Ainsley Earhardt. If you want to take a look at the book, here’s a Take Heart My Child.

Neil Patrick Harris and Lemony Snicket at bookexpo17
Neil Patrick Harris and Lemony Snicket at bookexpo17

And here’s one of Neil Patrick Harris (left) and Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handle – right).

The man in the middle – I think his name is Matt Harris – was the moderator.

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RadioWrapUp.4.21.17

Fashionista Roberta Matz Talks Spring Wardrobes

Want that savvy chic look this spring? Want to find ways to update your current wardrobe without spending a fortune? This week’s guest, Roberta Matz, can help. Roberta is bringing a little midlife chic to happy hour. Roberta can tell you how to incorporate today’s hottest colors and trends into your wardrobe – so you can embrace your own chic style without looking like a millennial wannabe.

Roberta Matz has been a fashionista her whole life. For years she’s been dressing herself, her friends, her children and grandchildren. Recently retired from careers in education and non-profit, these days Roberta volunteers at Career Wardrobe, in Philly, an organization that provides work appropriate clothing to women returning to the workforce. Known for her flair with jewelry and accessories, Roberta is a champion for women looking their best at any age.

Want to join me for this year’s Girlfriend Gala? Register Here

About corporations and open space, here are a couple articles you might want to take a look at:

If you missed the discount for the fabulous Maine photos I talked about with Gerry Monteaux, take a look here: Gerry Monteaux

True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
the passion that she knows.
And the beauty of a woman, with passing years,
only grows!”
Audrey Hepburn



Annmarie is “live” every Friday, from 3-4pm EST.
Call-in: 610-701-9243

You won’t want to miss Happy Hour with Annmarie Kelly …and you don’t have to!

  • In West Chester PA: turn your radio dial to 1520AM
  • Anywhere in the world: listen online from at www.WCHE1520.com (click the microphone that says “listen live” – uses Windows Media Player).
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Do You Need A Change??

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Annmarie at PA Grand Canyon
Last weekend I slipped in the mud while hiking in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. I was hiking the “Turkey Path” with my spouse, Joseph. The path is a steep and difficult one-mile descent through a forest, past a waterfall, to the canyon floor.  We expected a challenge, especially for the way back up, but we were up for it.
As we made our way down the mountain, I noticed dangerous wet spots on the trail. I was careful and the tread on my hiking boots seemed to grab the ground and kept me upright…until the last one. That’s when, just like slipping on a banana peel, my feet flipped out in front of me
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PA Grand Canyon from Colton State Park
and down I went, with my curvy right hip slowing the fall. Nothing was broken, but it hurt.
Hikers came over to see if I was OK and one, noticing my hiking boots, questioned the tread. “How old are your boots,” she asked. I dunno,” I replied, still a little shaken up. “Probably six or seven years.”  But, on the next hike, I ditched the boots and wore new, well-treaded running shoes.Later that day Joseph and I tried to remember how long we’ve actually had what we called our “new” hiking boots. We were shocked to realize that it’s probably been fifteen years. I started thinking about how things wear out or become outdated without me noticing or even realizing.
Do you do that too? Time moves fast these days, doesn’t it?
Suddenly that savvy hairstyle and that you love is outdated. The oh-so-comfortable yoga pants now look like they belong in the donation bag. That special tablecloth that your mom gave you for your wedding is old-fashioned. And your kids have started teasing you when you tell them that story for, what seems to them, the one-millionth time.
So what? You love sharing your special things and your memories.
The problem with doing the same old same old is that you lose relevance. In today’s world, especially if you’re in the job market, relevance is key to your success now and later, for your next chapter.
If you’re starting to notice some staleness in your life, here are five ways to give yourself and your life a breath of fresh air.

  1. Make a decision about aging. As long as you keep waking up every morning, you’re going to age. How do you want to do it? Do you want to be the wise sage, the in-the-know older woman, or the stereotypical old lady down the street?
    • What you decide will influence everything from what you read to how you act.
  1. Focus forward. You have what a younger woman doesn’t have – history and experience. But neither one will be important if you live in the past and allow your words to drip with age.
    • Find a new goal or project, something you are truly excited about doing. It could a bucket list trip, learning a new dance or language, following a long- suppressed passion, or something else. Whatever it is, choose it, plan it and do it.
  1. Reverse Mentor. Remember when you knew all the latest music, fashion trends and “what’s hot” news. Knowing them made you feel connected and alive, right? Now, unless you have kids or grandkids who will keep you up-to-date and in the know, you’re falling behind.

Reverse mentoring connects Millennials with aging Boomers and GenXers, both in and out of the workplace.  Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company, explains,  “…by the time you’re in your forties and fifties, you’re not in touch with the future the same way the young twenty-something’s. They come with fresh eyes, open minds, and instant links to the technology of our future”.

That doesn’t mean you have to adopt or adapt, but knowing makes a difference. And, in the process, your Millennial mentor has the opportunity to learn something from your experience. It’s a win-win.

  1. Test and toss. Go through you house, your closet and your jewelry box. How many things have you had for years and don’t even realize they are worn out or outdated (like my hiking boots)?

That broken bracelet you loved twenty years ago? Get it fixed or sell it. That dress that went out of style years ago? Take that to a dressmaker for updating. The broken end table goes to a carpenter. Or have a flea market and sell-sell-sell.

  1. Practice gratitude and focus on the positive. There’s nothing that says “old” like being miserable. Misery taints your spirit and shows up on your face. If you can’t find anything to be grateful for, you aren’t looking hard enough.

Fifth generation coffee farmer and coffee evangelist, Aida Batlle, suggests this: “Realize what traditions you will need to carry forward but also question what is out there that will help make a difference and achieve new things.”
And take in the sweetness of that new breath of fresh air that’s making your life sparkle again.

8.5.16 RadioWrapUp: Overcoming Divorce

brenda-reynoldsAnnmarie Kelly and Brenda Reynolds talked about Brenda’s unique divorce experience – unique because Brenda’s work as an organizational consultant is all about making things work. But nothing prepared her for her own big life change.  It required a mid-life reinvention at a time when the future was unclear and yet to be determined. Annmarie and Brenda dished about what she learned and how she came back from the devastation she experienced in her divorce.

Brenda Reynolds has been a sought-after consultant, speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, author, and founder of BKR Consulting.  She has spent over 2 decades consulting to organizations, leaders, and teams during times of change and transition. (i.e. Sherwin Williams, AOL, Special Olympics).

Learn more about Brenda Reynolds

If you want to read President Obama’s essay/op-ed piece that he did for Glamour Magazine, it’s here: Feminism

Interested in reading the 2nd place winning entry in this year’s Victrious Woman Contest? Here it is: Annette Glaudel

The park I was talking about, the free one with the free parking and resonable-rate rides, is Knoebel’s in Elysburg PA

If you’re interested in music, there’s Musikfest in Bethlehem. You can check out the free performances, stuff for kids and the paid performances. I think I’m going to see Lady Antebellum.

Here’s this week’s (anonymous) quote:

“Good things fall apart so better things can come together.”

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Spring: New Beginnings

Tulips.FlowersIn spite of reports of an impending snow storm in the Northeast, today is the first day of spring. Yay! It wasn’t a bad winter, but isn’t spring, with all its yummie bursts of pinks and yellows and greens, always a welcome site after the dull, colorless winter?
About spring, Seat of the Soul author, Gary Zukav, said, “The spring wakes us, nurtures us and revitalizes us. How often does your spring come? If you are a prisoner of the calendar, it comes once a year. If you are creating authentic power, it comes frequently, or very frequently.”
I recently interviewed psychologist Barbara Wasserman. She’s been interviewing women in their 80’s and 90’s. She’s surprised to find they are filled with regrets. So she asks them what advice they have for younger women.
According to all these ladies, when they were in their 50’s,60’s and 70’s, they lived as though their time was short. So they didn’t challenge themselves to start something big, take risks, pursue their passions or follow their dreams. They didn’t know they had 20, 30, 40 more years – plenty of time to do anything they wanted.
Their advice, across the board, is not to follow in their footsteps. They don’t want you to get to 80 or 90 years and regret all the things you didn’t do, now at your age.
With that in mind, today you have a choice – a “no regrets” choice. When your spring comes to wake, nurture and revitalize you, you can choose the spring that comes on the calendar or the spring you create in your spirit, in every minute of every day.
Which one will you pick?