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My Words Of Wisdom, For What It's Worth

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"She made a difference." That's what I wanted my epitaph to say. Morbid perhaps to think of the words on one's gravestone, but that was my answer twenty years ago. A mentor asked me how I would want my epitaph to read. I didn't know then how I wanted to make a difference. I did know it was a family philosophy to be a part of a greater good. I could never have predicted Wednesday's Child and 19 years of work with foster children would be part of my life path.

I went back to that conversation about the epitaph when asked to give a speech in honor of International Women's Day. The event was sponsored by The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, and Organization of Women Leaders (OWL).  It was tied to March's Women's History Month.

While my speech was much longer, I decided to share an answer to one of the questions asked.

Do you have any advice for young women?


Watch what you put on Facebook! Photos on the Internet live forever! That is one issue I never faced while trying to move ahead, but it is certainly a sign of the times.

Study your craft, attend seminars, find a mentor, read biographies.

Live with drive, but also acceptance. Know the theory "this too shall pass." Make mistakes, thrive, learn, grow, rest, relax, rejuvenate. Just like in the news, the next day is a new day, and new news day.

Find balance in your life with a healthy mind body and spirit. Go to the gym, or just walk or run. Limit fast food and drink lots of water. Go to church, meditate or find something for spiritual support. 

Take "my" time so you can be better at "we" time.

Save your money. Invest in more than shoes. Plan for the future by saving a little out of every paycheck.

Time flies when you're having fun in LA and climbing that career ladder. Don't forget time for friends and family, and if you want to be a mom, don't forget that fertility fades with age. I just won a Gracie Award for my series "Fertility Over 40" where we focused on women waiting too late to easily have children.

Have fun when you're young, but also know, at least for me, some of the drama dies down as you age with grace.


I was thrilled to receive the OWL award along with Santa Monica Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks. Santa Monica PD has been a friend to our "Wednesday's Child" adoption program allowing us to do a dream day with a girl who wanted to be an officer. I applaud Chief Seabrooks and her accomplishments. I can only imagine the strength and leadership it took to rise through the ranks as a woman, and as a woman of color.

Read more about the OWL awards event: Up Front With OWL Award Recipients: Christine Devine & Jacqueline Seabrooks

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