Hate Your Job?

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What if YOU Live to be 100?

I hate my job and I hate working. If it wasn’t for the money and the medical benefits, I’d quit now.
Are you one of the many women who feel that way? Not so fast. One of the secrets to a long and healthy life might just be work – work you LOVE.

Passions are your key to happiness

Marilee Shapiro Asher was still sculpting and making art at 103 while living in her Washington DC retirement community. She told readers of her autobiography, published when Marilee was 102, “I have no personal philosophy of art, I do it because there is nothing else I would rather be doing.

Mabel Sawhill, in her third career, catered events. She was around so long that she catered some couple’s weddings AND their 50th anniversaries! When she died in her sleep at age 103, she still had catering gigs, and people yearned for her sticky buns and chicken salad. Her longevity secret: to be engaged and find delight in everything life had to offer.

Honey Canney started teaching water aerobics in 1972. She she was in her early sixties then. She still teaches those classes three times a week -at 103! Though she is nearly blind as a result of macular degeneration, she finds the water gives her freedom. And, she says, “I can be of some use to somebody and not sit around and suck my thumb. I miss the things I can’t do, but I kinda dwell on the ones I can do.

For Rose Torphy, 103-year-old great grandmother loves helping to preserve one of America the Beautiful’s crowing glories, the Grand Canyon – which was formed 100 years ago, when Rose was just a little girl!. When she was recently inducted as a Grand Canyon junior ranger, Rose told Good Morning America.“I am so happy someone is watching over it so that my great-great-grandchildren can visit it someday too.”

What’s your passion?

If you knew for sure that you were going to live to be 100, what would you do differently? Would you get that law degree or satisfy your love of animals by becoming a veterinarian? Maybe you’d start your own business, become a teacher or a psychologist?

What fabulous itch is just dying to be scratched?

Whatever it is, take the first step today. Do some online research, connect with someone who is already doing it, make a vision board and start dreaming.

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Melinda Emerson on the Friday Happy Hour

Melinda Emerson on Friday Happy HourDoes your midlife reinvention include starting your dream  business? Or do you already have a business that could use a mini-makeover? Then you need to hear from The Small Biz Lady, Melinda Emerson. She’s joining Annmarie Kelly at this week’s Friday Happy Hour and she has lots of ideas for you.

Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady” is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. Her brand reaches 3 million entrepreneurs a week online. Her mission is to End Small Business Failure. Forbes named her the #1 women for small business owners to follow on twitter.



You can find her new book Fix Your Business on amazon.com

Here are some fun links from things I talked about today:


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Annmarie is “live” every Friday, from 3-4pm EST.
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Friday Happy Hour for 11/1/13

Susan.BlueJeansMeet Susan Baroncini-Moe, author of Business in Blue Jeans at the Friday Happy Hour. I got Susan’s book in the spring and, when I read it, I felt like we studied at the same place because our ideas are so much alike. However, I learned some new tips and that got me excited. Susan’s going to share her business in blud jeans philosophy and give you some ideas to get you started on your goals for the new year. And she’s also going to tell you how she got to be in the Guiness Book of World Records.
So join Susan and me at 3pmEST at WCHE1520am or online at www.WCHE1520.com.

Sex: How Important to Mid-Life Women?

SalmonJacket.HeadShotMiley Cyrus recently told NBC Today Show’s Matt Lauer that she was getting her sexy on now because she’s heard that after 40 it’s all over. Lots of women were laughing themselves silly…but not everyone thought it was funny. In mid-life, so much happens to our bodies, our self-esteem and our partners. It stands to reason that all those changes will affect our intimate relationships. This week’s topic for Happy Hour with Annmarie Kelly on AM Radio 1520 is the last in October’s Emotional Wellness series – and the juiciest! It’s all about sex in mid-life!
Join me as I explore this topic with sex Therapist Dr. Jill McDevitt. Tune in October 25, from 3-4pmEST. Live on 1520AM and live online at www.WCHE1520.com
BTW: if you have an embarrassing question that you don’t want to ask you everyday girlfriends, ask your victory girlfriends. Call in with your questions at 610-701-9243.
October is emotional wellness month. Click here to listen to previous radio shows discussing important emotional wellness topics (domestic violence, depression, and more).

Domestic Violence on Today's Show

PurpleRibbonWhen I was interviewing women for Victorious Woman!, finding a woman to tell her story of domestic violence was the hardest victory to find. Not that many women weren’t willing to talk to me about their abuse in confidence. It was just that none of them were willing to use their own names for the book.
Finally I met Lilly Zook, then in her mid-thirties, and Nancy Hill a generation older but with a similar story. Lilly survived her abuse and then went to court and fought for sole custody of her children. Her experience with the courts was costly and devastating.
When I interviewed Nancy Hill, it was only a month before her death from cancer. But she wanted women to know to know that it wouldn’t be easy to leave, but they could do it – and their life depended on it.
In the ten years since, things haven’t gotten any better. In fact, they may have gotten worse.

  • One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime
  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year
  • Women accounted for 85% of the victims of intimate partner violence, men for approximately 15%
  • Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and between 100,000 and 6 million men, depending on the type of survey used to obtain the data
  • Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence
      • (Statistics and citations at https://dvrc-or.org/domestic/violence/resources/C61)

Darlene Green knows these statistics all too well. Her sister was killed on her 30th birthday after celebrating with co-workers. When she got home, her boyfriend said it was too late. They argued and he shot her. A generation earlier, Darlene’s 28 year-old aunt didn’t want to see a guy she’d been dating and broke up with him. He slit her throat. In her own life, when Darlene’s new spouse told her, on their wedding day, that he was in charge now, she thought he was kidding. He wasn’t.
Join me and Darlene Green this afternoon as we talk about how you can protect yourself from domestic violence. It’s not an easy conversation, but one that happens between women during many Happy Hour conversations. Today, it’s happening at 1520 AM or www.WCHE1520.com. The call-in number is 610-701-WCHE (9243).
On the lighter side of Happy Hour, I’ll also be sharing my good-bad-ugly happenings of the week and in the 3:30 half-hour be joined by Phylis Ann Mariani of the Edgmont Country Club at 3:30 for some Chick Chat.
Hope you can join me today!

Where's The Funny?


A couple years ago, some writer (a guy) wrote a provocative article titled “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” Are women less funny than men? You might be surprised at how much you’ve laughed and enjoyed so much comedy by women – and many of them from our own area. But there’s more to comedy than meets the eye. On this week’s show we’ll be talking with comedian Theresa Hummel Krallinger about women and comedy, including Theresa’s own journey into standup. If you’ve been to the 2012 or 2013 Girlfriend Gala, you already know how funny Theresa is. Now you can hear how she got that way.
Think you’re funny? Think that comedy is part of your life reinvention? You’ll want to listen to Theresa’s take on the special challenges women in comedy face. She is my guest for the October 4, 2013 episode of Happy Hour on the Radio. (Listen to the show!)

October is Emotional Wellness Month and this weekend you won’t do better for your emotional wellness than to laugh yourself silly with comedian Theresa Hummel Krallinger. Theresa has performed – with rave reviews – for the last two Victorious Woman Girlfriend Galas. Saturday night she’ll be in Norwood PA, performing with fellow comedian Alan Marx at a show you can enjoy with your teens.
Here’s what you need to know: EPIC Youth invites everyone to Pasta with a side of Punchlines with comedian Alan Marx and Theresa Hummel-Krallinger – 6 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike, Norwood. Reserve your seat at $20 per person by calling 610-586-5860 or email ImmanuelYouth501@gmail.com. The program is appropriate for seventh-grade teens and older. For more information, visit https://immanuelnorwood.org/

Starting Over After 40 with Guest Susan Tolles & Wendy Mackowski

SalmonJacket.HeadShotPour yourself a glass of wine, mix a mojito or splash some scotch over some ice and join the fun with Annmarie Kelly and her expert guests as we explore together the lives of women in mid-life (US!). We’ll be talking about the trials and triumphs of being in mid-lilfe, everything from reinventions and restarts, empty nests, and taking care of our aging parents to having fun, relationships, money and…sex (oh yes we will!). We’ll get input from experts on the topic of the day and have some Chick Chat about everything from how our week went and the week’s Hot Topics.

September 13
Starting Over After 40

Susan Tolles
Susan Tolles is a Midlife Reinventions Expert, and as Founder of Flourish Over 50®, a powerful role model who “walks her talk!” A Certified Dream Coach®, professional speaker, author, and internationally-recognized expert for women over 50, Susan is dedicated to inspiring and empowering women of all ages with the confidence and tools to live with clarity, direction and a renewed sense of purpose about their future. For anyone in the midst of a transition—from empty nest to career burnout—or those who simply want to find more purpose in life, Susan will guide them to find focus and self-fulfillment and joy as they create your road map for the next chapter of their life’s journey. Read more: Flourish Over Fifty
Wendy Mackowski
Wendy Mackowski, MA, CPCC, EFT is a Transformational Author and Life Coach. She coaches and mentors women wanting to break out of their old patterns and fly freely with their Authentic Spirit. Follow these links to access her newest guided meditation; Manifesting Your Inspired Life Vision and also her latest self-study course, Hearing the Call of Your Authentic Spirit Both are inspirational tools and strategies for personal transformation.

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The Girlfriend Gala 2013 Recap!

The 2013 Victorious Woman Celebration, The Girlfriend Gala was FABULOUS!

This evening of victories has become more special each year because of all the girlfriends who donate their time and talent to make it fun and inspirational and all the girlfriends who come to support their own dreams while helping other women.
Thanks to our sponsors: Ease-Up Muscle Therapy and Yoder and Armstrong Commercial Printers.
Carol Kivler inspired us with her “what’s important for you now” tips. Pattie Painter sang and got us wondering about what we’d do if we were brave. And while we had a lot of great raffle and silent auction items, it was Home of the Sparrow that was the big winner. All the proceeds will go to support that organization so it can help so many women in transition. There’s more below, and here’s…

What women are saying about The Girlfriend Gala 2013:

Your 7th annual Girlfriend Gala was quite the event. It was an evening filled with a variety of activities: recognition, laughs, inspiration, food, prizes, friendships and more. I drove home last evening with a grateful heart and a renewed spirit. – Carol GirlfriendGala2013.1.Trio
Three long-time girlfriends enjoying the festivities.

I was so inspired by Carol’s story. I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet Patty Painter. She was also inspirational. I hope to attend more of your events. So much fun.  – Carol

I had a wonderful time last night and I enjoyed meeting all of the positive women.  – Jada
Annmarie Kelly inspires The Girlfriends
Just a note of thanks for a fun and enlightening evening last night. From talking to new folks at our table, to rediscovering an old acquaintance, to discovering a new shrimp source, to laughing with the fabulous comedian, to learning more about you and your inspiring business, it was a joy.  – Linda
I had a wonderful time last evening. You and your team do a marvelous job with the gala. It’s a labor of love. BTW – the blue ceramic bowl is gorgeous. I have it on my dining room table.  – Sarah GirlfriendGala.2013.4
Annmarie getting ready to introduce Victorious Woman Pattie Painter
Theresa Hummel Krallinger brings the
funny to The Girlfriend Gala!
Thank You for another wonderful and inspiring evening – I just cannot tell you how much we enjoy you and all the other wonderful “girlfriends”! Your continued support is very special to us and greatly appreciated especially when times seem tough – I just go back and read your website and books and I come right back to “the good place” needed to be in business. – The Prosperity Sisters
Very nice event last evening, Annmarie. You did a great job and thought of everything. Thanks for giving us such a fun evening. The comedienne was hilarious! So nice to see you again!!
– SharonI had great fun at the Girlfriend Gala this week…thanks so much.
Victorious Woman Honoree Carol Kivler accepts the Shining Star Award from Annmarie Kelly

Special Thanks

A special thank you to Pattie Painter for performing a beautiful and touching rendition of the song If I Were Brave by Jana Stanfield.
What would I do, if I knew that I could not fail?
If I believed, would the wind always fill up my sail?
How far would I go? What could I achieve, trusting the hero in me?
If I were brave, I’d walk the razor’s edge,
Where fools and dreamers dare to tread.
I’d never lose faith, even when losing my way.
What step would I take, today, if I were brave?
What would I do today, if I were brave?
What would I do today, if I were brave?
What would I do today, if I were brave?
What would I do today, if I were brave?
Part 2
What if we’re all meant to do what we secretly dream?
What would you ask, if you knew you could have anything?
Like the mighty oak sleeps, in the heart of a seed,
Are there miracles in you and me?
Part 3
If I refuse to listen to the voice of fear,
Would he voice of courage whisper in my ear?
What would I do today, if I were brave?

Here’s more!

While our guests were looking at what raffles and silent auction treats they wanted, they tasted special chocolate treats and truffles brought by Jessica from Lindt Chocolate at the Premiere Outlets. Jessica, I’m still hearing about how excited the women are after tasting the new Lindt chocolate coconut truffles.
Several women who came last year came back this year – with a table full of girlfriends! Other women, who came by themselves, have been telling me they met some interesting people and did some great networking both personal and professional.
Once everyone got their appetizers and went through the buffet line, I offered a victory toast.  Then I introduced Michelle McGowan from Home of the Sparrow. I loved how she wove the wonderful work Home of the Sparrow does around our Victorious Woman theme. And, of course, so many of the women Home of the Sparrow helps are really in the middle of their own victories.
As the program continues, I focused on how women creating victory. My best example was right from a episode of Celebrity Apprentice. Lisa Rinna, who was fired  very early in 2011 was back in 2013. She failed miserably during her first CA but was one of the best examples of Victorious Woman when she returned in 2013.
Then I introduced everyone to Carol Kivler, a 2009 Victorious Woman Honoree. Years ago she took the very controversial step of electric shock treatments for depression her victory over depression. She went on to create a very successful business. During her advice to woman, she told the crowd how important it is to be persistent – that when the normal route doesn’t work, you keep looking until you find the way that works for you.
We laughed ourselves silly during Theresa Hummel Krallinger’s special brand of comedy. None of us will ever look at a cubic zirconia again without a chuckle.
If you read Victorious Woman, you’ll remember Pattie Painter, who was diagnosed with potentially 5 cancers and was treated for 2 of them. When she reinvented herself after cancer as a wedding celebrant. The song that inspired her, and that she sang, was “If I Were Brave” by Jana Stanfield. I’m glad because the words are pretty powerful. I think they inspired a few women. And I know they re-inspired Pattie. She told me that when she was practicing the song, she was reinvigorated and inspired to set a new goal for herself.
If it wasn’t for Mary Jo Hitz, Helen Gallagher, and Doreen McGettigan, I don’t know how it would have turned out. Those women each had a special part in the planning. Helen was my go-to person. Mary Jo had a million great ideas. Doreen resurrected her skills from the days when she owned a gift business to help with beautiful baskets – along with Pattie Painter. At the Gala, MJ, Helen and Doreen were the glue that kept things moving at the registration table, selling raffle tickets, collecting auction money, etc.
It’s a wonderful thing to be in the energy of so many women who were celebrating with girlfriends, either long-time or brand new ones.  At the same time that we were laughing and joying our way into inspired victories, we were helping other women gain some stability during a period of transition.
As the evening ended,  several women told me how excited they were to be there and that they want to be part of the 2014 Girlfriend Gala. They warmed my heart!!
Thanks to everyone who was part of the 2013 Girlfriend Gala!
Victory on! See you on May 21, 2014!!

And A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors!

We couldn’t pull off this great event without help from these incredible companies!

Ease Up Massage Therapy

Yoder & Armstrong
Commercial Printers

And Thanks to all our great Donors!

Edgmont Country Club

Philadelphia Phillies

Norman Kivitz Company Jewelers

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Artist Leslie Ehrin

Danecraft Jewelry

Shoprite of West Chester

Giant Food Stores

Home Depot

Starbucks of West Chester

Trader Joes Gateway

Kivler Communications

Longwood Gardens

Peoples Light and Theater

Yoga Toes



Becky Due

Coldwater Creek


Pam Mariani, Edgmont Country Club

Tyler Arboretum

Yoga Pro

Dr. Marie Russell

Great Clips West Chester

Skirt Bryn Mawr

Elaine Kelly, author

La Femme Gourmet

First Impressions LLC of Chester County

Nadia Bond

Joseph Eagle