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“I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.”

If you are a woman, and you just read these beautiful words from Maya Angelou: I want you to stop, breathe deep, and remember you are phenomenal. 

I am blessed to know so many phenomenal women – women who have conquered their career, nurtured a family, flourished under indescribably tough circumstances, and made a difference in their community.

I am willing to bet that nearly every one of these phenomenal women often forgets to relish the moment and savor their achievements. They are so focused on doing more, wanting more, or being more, they don’t realize they are already so much more.

But. Sometimes, we women do need a little more. A little more help. A little more support. A little more information. You know, so we can continue being so phenomenal.

A few months ago, when our awesome team at Hackensack Meridian Health got together to design an event just for women we talked, at length, about what real women really wanted and needed in their lives. What would feed their soul? What tools would help them live a more fulfilled life? Which speakers would spark new ideas and inspire a better state of well-being?

I am proud of the thought and love our team put into creating this event. We talked to women, did research, consulted with experts, and, as a result, developed some really great ideas.

We also had two aha moments:

  1. All the “things” we found in our research tied back to the five pillars of our new integrative health and medicine program. The answers were already right in front of us!
  2. Women Rock! However, we are way more rockin’ when our reserve is full.

More descriptively, there are a few key things we need to thrive: sleep, nutrition, activity, resilience and purpose. So, we designed an event that brings it all together in a fun and engaging way. I won’t get in to all the details – you can learn more by checking out our conference agenda – but it is a pretty incredible lineup! 

Simple, right? Just eat really well, get lots of sleep, exercise every morning, be mindful, and do meaningful work every day. Right! Some days it feels as though world peace would be easier to achieve than all of the above. Some days, I am just hanging on by a thread. 

But then, the next day, I figure out how to replenish my reserve and, I get it back on track. That forward motion and determination is what makes me feel phenomenal.

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