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  • NAWBO Membership Perks!
  • ED article on "The Courage to Wait" 
  • Member & Corporate Partner Spotlights

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Thanks to NAWBO Columbus members and corporate partners Cathy Hunsinger, Interplay Mobile Publishing, Brenda Pritchett, Old Trail Printing and Cari L. Jones, Elephant Creative Co. for their partnership on the newsletter!

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November President's Message

How Do You Take Things? 

When I reached the Franklin County Board of Elections building to cast my vote early, I was stunned that I couldn’t see the end of the line for people waiting to vote, no matter how far I kept walking.  Mind you, I arrived punctually at 1:00 PM when the polls opened, feeling quite confident I would beat the rush and just get in and out in 15-20 minutes. Easy-peasy, right? 

Instead, I was met with a snaking line that went beyond my line of sight, with hundreds upon hundreds of people already in line, with a constant flow of others taking their place after me. Random thoughts, “Oh my gosh, why didn’t I eat breakfast? Darn, I’m so thirsty, why didn’t I bring my water bottle? I should have thrown that banana in my purse. Maybe I should have waited to vote on Election Day…”

Instead of getting irritated or impatient with the eminent long wait in front of me, I unexpectedly became emotional. This was, in my mind, “Simply awesome, amazing, incredible.” Those were the words I silently repeated many times over, as I got a little choked up. 

Standing in line to vote that day, I simply felt enormous gratitude for many things. First, the right to vote, which many take for granted. I felt gratitude for how many people were sharing this with their children, how kind and respectful everyone was regardless of our longer than normal wait, and how many people were curious about candidates across party lines based on the varied literature in their hands. Finally, I was grateful for how upbeat and buoyant people were feeling and the random conversation with strangers from all walks of life.

I thought, “This is what true engagement looks like. People taking the time to show up, be intentional about why they are there, getting to know others around them, and understanding that their participation makes a difference on every level.” This was not taking our right to vote for granted, it was a mass display of gratitude. 

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted, or you take them for gratitude.” - C.K. Chester

How do you take things?

When I think of NAWBO Columbus and the amazing work that so many of you have done, I take this with deep gratitude. It has taken hundreds upon hundreds of women during the past twenty years to create the Chapter we’re lucky to experience today. It would be easy to take it for granted now that we are the largest chapter in the U.S., with hundreds of members, and critical staff in place to take us to the next level. The great news- I know you aren’t taking it for granted. Why?

Just like my voting experience, I have observed each of you making a difference by showing up, being intentional about why you are there, going out of your way to make everyone feel welcome, and knowing your participation makes an impact in the NAWBO experience for all of us. 

In this season of giving thanks, I want to emphasize how truly grateful I am for this wonderful journey with you. Thank you for engaging in the way you do. You create gratitude perhaps without realizing it.   

Wishing you a month filled with bountiful blessings and the enjoyment of taking things with gratitude!

Tonya Tiggett

President, NAWBO Columbus

Meet Robin Andes owner at Fit Interiors by Robin

My name is Robin Andes, owner at Fit Interiors by Robin.

Tell us how you are involved in NAWBO.

So far, I have not been able to attend the monthly meetings as I teach Fitness classes every day during the noon hour.  I have recently been placed in a Round Table and am looking forward to this being a rewarding opportunity.

Tell us about your business.

Fit Interiors by Robin is a Residential/Commercial Decorating/Home Staging Business that I run independently.  

What inspired you to get into your business?

I was a stay at home mom while my children were young but, have always taught Fitness classes and Personal Trained part-time.  After my children grew up and went out on their own I decided to pursue another dream of mine, Interior Decorating. I took the educational courses needed to obtain my Certifications in Interior Decorating and Staging and started my own business.

What are your three best practices or best tips that every NAWBO member needs to hear?

  1. Always go for “IT” no matter how unsure or scary it may be!
  2. Always seek advice and constructive criticism from those who have been there!
  3. Believe in yourself no matter what others may say or think of you. Don’t listen to; you are too old, too young, too fat, too skinny, too quiet, too loud or too anything else, just be your authentic self!

What does your future look like?

Although I love my Interior Décor business, I am still very passionate about teaching fitness, so I hope to develop a plan to expand my endeavors through fitness to more of an outreach rather than only being contracted to teach at various facilities.  By doing so, I’m hoping to somehow incorporate both of my passions, fitness & Interior Décor, into one business.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I love spending time with my husband going to concerts with friends, traveling and anything that involves spending time with our grown sons!  I love working out, especially on the water; kayaking & Stand Up Paddle Boarding being two of my favorites! I’m also very passionate about wine education and can see my husband and I becoming involved in the winemaking process or ownership of some sort in our retirement.

What is your company website?

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior or habit has most improved your life?

So, this a very interesting question as I have just very recently made a significant lifestyle change!  I am not a morning person, I have always stated that I am a night owl! I’ve always admired people who could get up at the crack of dawn to start their day and wished I could turn my internal clock around!  Well, I was recently led to the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and it’s changed my life!  I am now up at 5:00 a.m. getting stuff done that I always said I didn’t have time for and I’m loving it!!! I’m living my life with more purpose now and it’s amazing! Miracles do happen!!  

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or recent memory)?

The book The Miracle Morning $11.49

What is the book (or books) you've given most as a gift, and why? Or what are books that have greatly influenced your life?

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Everyone I know may be getting The Miracle Morning for Christmas this year!