Monday, September 26, 2005

The Right Shoes

In the earlier days of shoemaking, leather shoes were dampened slightly and then worn by the owner for a period of time before the shoes conformed to the shape of the owner’s feet. Hence the saying, “You can’t walk in somebody else’s shoes.”

When the workings of the cosmos brought Lyn Austin, Lori Nawyn, and Janie Van Komen together, it was evident the conforming fit of each person’s shoes of life was indeed different.

Lyn Austin’s business savvy, vivacious enthusiasm, and compassionate attitude make her a champion for both the underdog and people with less than perfect lives. Her non-traditional observations and suggestions make her a bit of a “tart,” but, many have seen success after heeding her counsel. Her signature is a red stiletto pump.

Lori Nawyn, on the other hand, is a quiet, behind the scenes, powerhouse, efficiently doing what others say can’t be done. Her non-judgmental nature of encouragement and accomplishment fosters a safe-house for others to improve or to change their lives. One thinks of her as kind of “sweet.” Her signature is a casual sneaker.

Janie Van Komen “spices” the mix with tidbits of wisdom and facts she gleaned from miles and miles of teaching, reading, and speaking. Her motivational messages, and experiences inspire others toward positive directional shifts resulting in happier, more fulfilling lifestyles. Her signature is a tailored, but comfortable, business shoe.

Just as the gourmet chef knows each ingredient -- from the tartness of the apples, to the correct measurement of the sweetening, and the right choice of spices -- is essential for a prize winning apple pie, Lyn, Lori, and Janie (all three published authors and motivational speakers) discovered the ingredients of their own individual experiences and talents blended well for them to provide the young, the old, and the in-betweens with the secrets to choosing their ‘right shoes’ of life, and ‘finding what fits.’

Friday, September 23, 2005

Lyn Austin

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