Today I was recognized at the Renton BPW  (Business and Professional Women) as 2012-13 Women of Achievement. Renton’s Mayor and the Renton City Council are declaring National Business Women’s Week during October in Renton, WA. Today at a luncheon Sabrina Mirante, CEO Renton Chamber was selected as our 2012-13 Woman of the Year. This was such an amazing group, and I thank you all for the support. Unfortunately there was some confusion and I was unable to give my thank you speech. So here it is………..

Thank you Renton Business and Professional Women for this amazing event and recognition. Over the past 5 years I have had the most amazing experiences. Being in business in Renton has taught me so much about myself, this community, and all the amazing people who come together to work for something they love. Being in my shop, happy delusions, was a blessing on so many levels. Allowing me the time to really get in touch with the community thru volunteering to help bring events to our downtown core, and also allowed me the time to commit to running the Art Market for Renton River Days. These all being things that I was excited to emerge myself in, and grow as a person and business women. But ultimately what I got from all of this was a community who without real reason opened their hearts to me. Every day in my shop and out in the town people would come up and want to talk about events, and hear my thoughts, and try to understand what was going on around them. People would come in and get my suggestions on all kinds of things from politics, to best places to dine or ride their bikes. It was an honor, and completely unexpected.

My life has been a series of setting out with intention and bringing my dreams into reality. I couldn’t have done this without help. Today I would like not only to say thank you to this group and community, but also to the City of Renton and all the local business owners who’ve helped me along my path, Laurie Hamilton for nominating me for this, to Armondo Pavoni for being a guide to me as I entered into the world of business in downtown, to Toni Nelson for giving me the confidence to speak my mind. Mike Moskowitz for being the best neighbor and partner I could ask for. I thank you for so much. My Gramma and Papa Clymer for teaching me the value community just by being who they were, and my parents, whom have always encouraged me to go for it, and remind me that the only time you fail is when you don’t get back up and try again.

As many of you may know, I am going thru the process of closing my shop. The experience comes with a lot of different emotions, and of all the amazing attention I have been fortunate enough to get through my time involved this one coming from other women professionals, at just the right time means the most. Thank you.