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Empowering women to bloom

April 26, 2012

Jan Miesse speaks Wednesday during the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon held at the Grand Plaza Banquet Hall.

Encouraging women to be empowered and to realize their lives can be productive is a Celina woman’s goal and the reason she wrote the book, “Bloom Girl Bloom.”

Using her experiences as a businesswoman and having served on numerous leadership boards and organizations as well as having talked with women around the world, Jan Miesse wrote her book to inspire women through these adages and bits of wisdom.

Using the book as a springboard, she addressed approximately 100 people Wednesday during the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Administrative Professionals Luncheon held at the Grand Plaza Banquet Hall.

“To be able to speak to women at an event like this is energizing, the first word I think of is energizing, because not only do you hope to touch their lives but you feel that appreciation coming back,” Miesse said. “It is empowering for me but hopefully for them, too.”

She noted her intention is she wants women, as well as men, to be “empowered for exceptional blooming,” which also was the title of Wednesday’s speech.

“I want people to feel empowered, to be productive, to live their passion and to bloom more fully on a daily basis,” Miesse said. “I encourage people to do their research before they jump

into something new, but I want them to take action to be more today than they were yesterday.”

During her speech, she told the crowd in order to be empowered a person needs passion for life — an extension of who a person is on the inside.

Showing the need to think in a different way and the importance of knowing what is truly important in life, she shared a story of a little girl in class instructed to list the Seven Wonders of the World.

When the teacher asked the little girl to provide her answers, she hesitated, then the little girl listed the five senses to examine the world along with love and laughing.

Miesse also provided a litmus test for having passion for life and a good attitude toward living.

“Is your attitude worth catching and if it is not then we need to rethink our daily attitudes and words,” Miesse said. “If you have a positive attitude, people will want to be around you.”

She also provided a list of areas to examine and work on including to believe in oneself, to listen and to be attentive, to be ambitious and to love life. She also told attendees to “forgive like you will never remember” and “work like you make a difference because you do.”

The first-time author also told people at the luncheon to match their passion with action and to be courageous. She also talked about finding balance because balance is the key to life.

“You always have to remember you are unique and there is no one like you,” Miesse said. “If you focus on problems, there will be many, many more problems in your life because they multiple.

“If you focus on possibilities, what will you have — opportunities,” she said. “You have to look positively and you have to search those positive people out, that help me see this way and help me change a negative into a positive search those people out.”

She ended her speech with another saying she learned about making a difference in the world.

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock; if you want to touch the present, touch a flower,” Miesse said. “If you want to touch the future, touch a life.”

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