This afternoon I hosted a retreat and planning meeting at my house for a new group (well, two years young) that was founded to support Notre Dame alumnae in the DC area. Just at the Letterwinners club boasts a motto of Athletes helping Athletes, ND Women Connect could run the motto: Women helping Women.

We all need help. We all need support. No one person can live to their potential without the support, care and love of family, friends, coworkers and even strangers. Even for an independent person like myself (and I maintain that I am fiercely independent), I know I could not do the things I do on my own. This is both humbling and empowering. Humbling because I am not all-knowing and all-powerful; and empowering because I do not have to pretend to be all-knowing and all-powerful.

Women often do each other disservice by trying to appear to “have it all together.” I certainly am guilty of this at times. I would love for everyone to think that I can manage all I do with ease. This is far from the truth; and to acknowledge this, I believe, gives other women hope that they too can live to their potential. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. Acknowledging my weaknesses is one of the strengths on which I am working.