Saturday: Several Extraordinary Women

31 Aug

“I was not born to live up to society’s expectations of who I should be but rather I define my own individuality and my uniqueness for I chose to follow the path of being an extraordinary instead of just being ordinary.”
― Elizabeth E. Castillo
I had the pleasure of attending a book signing at Sharla’s on the Square today. The book is called “McKinney Women Making a Difference,” and several of the women sharing their stories happen to be friends and neighbors of mine who have also made a difference in my life.

Erin Botsford, Sheila Johnson, and Stephanie Henry Ricchi have been
neighbors and good friends to me over the years, and indeed are courageous and extraordinary women. I am honored to know them. The other nine women are also talented women who have made a difference in our community and are wonderful role models. What they all have in common is, they appreciate their blessings and have felt the need to help others. They have chosen “to follow the path of being an extraordinary instead of just being ordinary.”

Sheila Johnson, Erin Botsford, and Maylee Thomas-Fuller

After my visit, I felt motivated and encouraged to continue my writing, and perhaps one day soon, I’ll be sitting at my own book signing, motivating others. I’d like to think that I am unique and extraordinary and not just ordinary. There are so many friends to make, lives to be a part of, and stories to share.



5 Responses to “Saturday: Several Extraordinary Women”

  1. agriffith1 September 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    I believe you have several books in you. I picture you one day at a Barnes and Noble signing your book entitled something like “Treasure in Plenty”. You smile up at a fan and she says, “Thank you so much, Toni. Your book has made me look at life differently. I read it over and over, each time finding some new gem to direct my spirit toward a happy giving and appreciating life. The words sing off the page with simple beauty.” As the expression goes in one of my husband and my favorite movies, “If you build it, he will come.” I do think “he” should be capitalized.

    • toniandrukaitis September 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      That is very sweet of you, Miss Mandy. I will keep that vision in my head and make it come true. I also see many book signings and book tours in your future. If we can dream it, we can do it.

      • agriffith1 September 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

        Toni, I broke a yellow rose wine glass that my husband and I both cherish. May I buy another? Better make it three. I’m so accident prone.

        Sent from my iPhone


  2. toniandrukaitis September 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

    Mandy, when I unbury my “crap-room” and find my painted wine glasses, come help yourself.

    • agriffith1 September 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      No hurry

      Sent from my iPhone


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