"A Breath of Fresh Air"
I attended a Welcome Back Brunch on May 18th hosted by Wahine Leaders of Hawaii (WLH) and had a great time. I did WLS in 1994, and am still in close touch with a few of my class sisters who live on the mainland. I was drawn to attend the brunch as I have not been actively connected to the Hawaii PSI community for a number of years, and felt it would be nice to see some familiar sisters and meet some new ones! I felt as if I had “come home” from a long trip. It was delightful to be with Sisters and welcomed and to feel I had so much in common with women I had not yet met. It reminded me of how valuable it is to be around people who embrace a similar philosophy as I do, and live from “Givers Gain” and “To Think Is To Create”. Even though I have an amazing, supportive circle of people in my life, spending an afternoon with these women was uplifting and inspiring.
In the almost 30 years since I first attended my PSI Basic, I have learned it is one thing to understand a philosophy, and it is an on-going process to live it! The best way is to surround myself with others who are doing the same thing. It was an extremely easy decision to join WLH that day. There was a level of ease and acceptance that is not common in a group of women I hadn’t met before, so I felt free to be my more authentic self. It was obvious that all the women I met that day embrace their power, and what a 'Breath of Fresh Air' that was! I was impressed by the ease and creativity that they shared in the projects they have done and are doing. I felt welcomed, but not pressured to participate more than my schedule (and interest!) would allow. I am happy to be a member and encourage other sisters others to join us!
-Maureen Pua'ena O'Shaughnessy
Since I moved to Hawaii I have found WLH to be a very warming and welcoming group. I feel like this group has become an ohana to me and I'm very grateful to all the women in this group that are so supportive and enlightening. I'm proud to be a member of WLH and contributing to the ongoing growth, connection, and inspiration among all of us. I am so thankful to each and every member for your welcoming arms.
When I left Canada 20 years ago, I left my friends and community. It was hard to recreate here. I am so lucky to now have my WLH sisters. How wonderful to connect and be supported by like-minded, powerful and courageous women on this fabulous and sometimes scary journey through life! I love their hearts and passion!