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Empowering From Our President - Pat Kolodziej

Love Is In The Air!

Women February is such a happy time with
Valentine’s Day – roses, chocolate. What
own happiness? If
we are not happy,
To empower women to else can you ask for? For me, it’s more how are the people
succeed in business personally chocolate! around us happy?
and professionally through Chocolate makes
I hope you can all find your romantic side
networking and education everyone happy,
this month (you know, before kids and
while building key relationships work and responsibility). Spend some doesn’t it?
and having fun! quality time with your loved ones. Take a Seriously, we
break from the every day and indulge. need to take care of us. Of course, we
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If you do not have a significant other to have responsibilities to our family, etc.
Page 2-3 pamper you this Valentine’s Day, you but without us at our best, we cannot care
should pamper yourself! Treat yourself for others around us. As women, I know,
January Meeting - Who it’s hard for us to put ourselves before
to the flowers and the candy. You deserve
Attended! it! My husband is required to bring me others. We do it all the time because it’s
Page 3 roses every year – he knows if he doesn’t, I our nature. Women have to work at it – we
will buy them myself. So why not enjoy a have to work at doing things for ourselves.
Wanted: You! It’s ok – practice makes perfect!
dozen roses this February 14th? Go ahead
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and send them to yourself – it’s been done You may have traditions during this time
Member Spotlight before! of year to spend time with family or your
Kim Gaxiola - Yes, I know, they are totally impractical. girlfriends. I hope you enjoy them! If
A.G. Edwards, Page 4 They last maybe 3 days if you are lucky. you do not have plans this February 14th,
But they are so beautiful and when I smell you should make some. Take a break and
Bringing Your Dreams Into them, they lift me up. I say it’s worth go out for dinner or see a movie. Enjoy
Reality the money for the short time that I have the extra large box of popcorn! Feel free
Page 4 to enjoy them. Everything we do should to use this holiday as an excuse to do
not have to be practical. We do enough something nice for yourself. Who knows,
Dates to Remember practical things that we should be allowed it may become a tradition!
Page 5 to break loose every once and a while. If Happy Valentine’s Day!
Meet the Board/ we have to use a holiday to do it, so be it.
Ambassadors Really every day should be Valentine’s
Page 5 Day. We should all treat ourselves to
something nice all the time, not just on a “Love is like swallowing hot
holiday. Too many times we go without
Monthly Meetings because we may think that we should not
chocolate before it has
2nd Wednesday of each month spend the money or the time, we have other cooled off. It takes you by
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM things we need to be spending our money surprise at first, but keeps
$35.00 (includes dinner) or our time on, other more important you warm for a long time.”
things. What’s more important than our
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January’s Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by
the friends we choose.
e r , C r e a tive So lutions
Stac ia S k in n
Guest Speaker,

Don’t miss out on
the networking,
training and fun!
Plan on making
the next meeting.
We’ll see
you there!
Thank You, Stacia!

January Meeting - Who Attended! Wanted: You!

Congratulations to the following members Siree Sandberg Bakakos Get involved! Share your
who made a commitment to their businesses, SSB Financial Services, Inc. knowledge and expertise!
and themselves, by attending the January Tracy Buterbaugh Tracy’s Touches
WLN Networking Meeting! Vickie Thorne The WLN Newsletter is looking
Earth Heart Herbal Aromatherapy for members who would
Anne Ward Creative Core
Bettie Siavelis Algonquin Bank & Trust
Vicky Callaway Century 21 like to share their business
Beth Kautz Coldwell Banker
Deborah Metroka Metroka Coaching Services Kadie Tapp Creative Training Solutions knowledge by submitting
Doreen Langereis Cruise Planners Katie Haslow Arbonne International articles for future newsletters.
Jackie Prehn T.R.I.M. Designs
Kathy Glink CABI
Stacia Skinner Creative Solutions You can submit your articles
Virginia Spencer AG Edwards
Kelly Vaclavek Law Offices of David Gervais for consideration to
Kim Gaxiola AG Edwards To be included in future newsletter Jackie Prehn at
Kris Freeman Freedom Therapies recognition, please make sure your business
Lisa Davidson Northwestern Mutual card is deposited in the canister when you
Lisa Miller Aflac Insurance check in. (All articles must be informational
Pat Kolodziej PK Tax Services and not promotional.)
Robin Braga Fine Sterling Silver Jewelry
“Success means

Member having the courage,

the determination,
and the will to
become the person
you believe you
were meant to be.”
 George Sheehan

Kim Gaxiola, AAMS

Financial Consultant
A.G. Edwards

Tell us a little about your background and Who is your perfect client? working with other high net worth
your current business. What makes you Currently I am seeking clients in the individuals or business owners.
successful? Retirement Red Zone! That means you Accountants are great power partners.
My business is about helping people and are either 5 years from retiring or within What tip can you give to a business
business’ set financial goals and realize 5 years of retirement. This is the most looking for your services?
them. I graduated in 1994 from UCLA crucial time to make sure your money is My advice to business owners looking
with a degree in Economics and an positioned well to last you a lifetime. for financial services for themselves
emphasis in International Studies. I have What keeps you ahead of your or for their business is to work with
been in the financial services industry for competition? individuals who under promise and over
over 10 years. What I enjoy most about deliver! There are too many financial
my business is the ability to educate my Communication, communication,
communication! It is my experience professionals who like to close the
clients about the financial industry and business but have terrible follow through.
how it affects their own personal goals. (especially with the volatile stock market
that we are experiencing today) that You want an advisor who will be by your
How did you get involved in WLN? Any many advisors tend to hide under their side for years to come, and add value
success stories? desk in times like these. I have been in to your business even when there is no
I read about WLN in a women’s constant contact with my clients over sale to be had at the moment. When I
magazine and thought it was a great idea. the past couple of months on a proactive work with businesses I provide a client
I came to a meeting, had a great time, basis explaining what is happening engagement road map which illustrates
and here I am! I have made some great currently, how it affects them, and what the services I provide for them on a
relationships with other professionals they can do to take advantage of the quarterly and yearly basis.
in the group, which I have been able to opportunities that exist right now.
network with - and they have shared You can reach Kim at:
Who is your perfect power partner? 815.338.2550 or toll free 800.323.7048
ideas that have helped me grow my
business. My power partners are typically other
professionals in the service industry

Bringing Your Dreams Into Reality

Here are some ideas that will assist you in attitude and a strong belief in yourself and When you are speaking about that topic to
bringing your dreams into reality: your abilities. others, can they sense your passion? If you
You wouldn’t have the dream unless you Don’t expect others to feel and see your are lukewarm about achieving your goal or
could implement it. vision. are just in it for the money, you probably
The universe does not waste its efforts You may be able to picture your outcome won’t succeed. Also, if you are trying to
by giving you the desire to accomplish in vivid detail. This is your personal achieve a goal that someone else has set for
something ... unless you also have the vision. But don’t be discouraged when you - but your heart isn’t in - you will face
potential to achieve it. Now, no one said you find that others (even those close to disappointment.
it would be easy! Your goal may take you) can’t “tune into” that dream. All that By Jeff Keller
years to attain, and there may be numerous counts is that you see it ... and feel it. Courtesy of Belinda Ellsworth
setbacks before you can claim victory. Step into Success, Inc.
Enthusiasm is crucial. Copyright © 2008 Step into Success, Inc.
A positive attitude is the foundation. Bold objectives are achieved by those
You can achieve something extraordinary who are “on fire” about accomplishing
only if you have a dynamic positive them. So, are you excited about your goal?
Board Members Dates To Remember
President Pat Kolodziej
PK Tax Services February Meeting: Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Day Phone (847) 858-5074 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Email Jimmy’s Charhouse on Randall Road and I-90
Laura Blocksom from It’s All About People, Inc. will talk about
the True Colors Model. Learn how to relate, motivate, and
VP Programs Lisa Davidson
appreciate people using the True Colors Model!
Northwest Mutual
Day Phone (815) 444-3779
Email March Meeting: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: TBD
VP Events Lisa Krupp Progressive Dinner and Networking
Island Relief
Day Phone (847) 707-2132
Educational Workshop: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Email Algonquin Library, $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
“The Ethical Difference: Leading the Way”. The workshop is
designed to help you resolve ethical dilemmas and make
VP Admin. Kris Freeman
Body Talk Practitioner value-based decisions.
Day Phone (847) 975-9406
Email Sunday, September 28, 2008
The “Run for the Bear” - Save the Date!

VP Marketing Jackie Prehn

T.R.I.M. Designs, Inc. Commitment gets the job done.
Day Phone (847) 289-8007
Email Sure, many people are excited at the outset. But,
they quickly lose interest when obstacles appear
VP Finance Anne Ward
in their path. And, with any goal, you can bet
Creative Core that the trip won’t be all fun and games. You’re
Day Phone
(847) 854-1111
going to face some tough times. Those who are
committed have decided that they are in it for
the long haul -- however long that haul may take.
VP Membership Robin Braga They usually have a timetable for realizing their
Independent Rep. for a
national jewelry company dream, but quitting is simply not an option. That’s
specializing in sterling silver the mind set that achieves the “impossible.”
Day Phone (312) 259-8032
Membership: Siree Sandberg Bakakos
Visitor Welcoming: Norine Wiebmer
Events: Kathy Glink, Deirdre Reishus and Kim Gaxiola
Are you interested in becoming an Ambassador? If so, please contact
Pat Kolodziej at (847) 608-6451.

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