These are words I think of when I consider the characteristics of the empowered woman.

But it’s not enough to just have the qualities; we must also have a dream and a goal to apply those attributes, to grow and create meaning in our lives. That’s the focus of this issue of Today’s Chesapeake Women — finding your passion and channeling it into your pursuits, whatever path you choose — CEO, artist, or stay-at-home mom.

This fall, we’re featuring a profile of Tamara Jackson, a female entrepreneur from Cambridge who changed her life completely to literally follow her dream. We also have advice from singer and This Is Us actress Mandy Moore on pursuing your life goals, and a lineup of upcoming events sponsored by local women’s groups.

Michelle Sebly informs us about new counselling programs in our own schools, helping us understand how we can empower our children to deal with loss and grief. And we get a look into the benefits of horseback riding therapy from Lena Ellwanger in her article, “Horses can heal.”

As a 40-year-old single mom with a full-time career, I’m motivated by the women featured in this issue, and by the women who write our local articles. It may not be possible to “have it all,” as they say, but we can certainly try with the help and unity of our female friends and colleagues.

As Madeleine Albright famously said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”

So reach out! If you know a woman doing great things in your community, contact me at lwormuth@chespub.com.

Happy autumn!

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