Wise Women Wednesday: Marion Hofmann

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It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.

Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. a daughter /  a sister/ an aunt / a wife/ a friend / an immigrant / an US citizen/ a human being. Born and raised in Austria, Europe and came to the States in 1995. After a few moves I ended up in Greensboro and fell in love with the city and shortly after that.. with my husband Sven

Q. What is your work?
A. Helping my boss and my department to keep things running… that means I’m doing everything and a little bit more. I’m also “mother hen” in the office, where people come with all kinds of questions, personal and business and would like advice or just vent.

I’m here to make the workplace a little bit of a better place – planning employee events and fun things. Work is work. But who said that we can’t have a little fun with it.

Marion and Sven

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I have done quite a few things in my life that excited me BUT right now.. the most exciting project I’m working on is actually with Alisha – and the fact that I’m trying to find my “spark” my “artistic side” and my “ passion” again. This is very inspiring on a daily basis.. I don’t know exactly what the outcome should look like (kind of scary) but I trust that it will be perfect for me. So, every little baby step is a puzzle piece that I put together.. without really knowing what my puzzle will look like..

Marion in the snow

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. This is really a question I have to think hard and long about… am I not doing anything that gets me out of my comfort zone? And if so.. why not? Or do I feel so comfortable in my life, that nothing really scares me anymore. I really haven’t figured this one out yet.

Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not what's stopping you? 
A. I LOVE helping people getting them through some “rough times”, talking with them, listening and working with them to find the “solution” that’s already in front of them. BUT I also love to make people feel at home/ comfortable and my favorite is to surprise people.. May it be through a card / a small gift or a nice word.. I like it when I see how much people enjoy the “little things” in life and how easy it is to make people feel appreciated and happy.

Marion and Mom

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Never doubt yourself… Usually we all are making our decisions out of best knowledge we have at the time… hopefully we grow and develop personally and some of our decisions might not seem so smart anymore.. but they are in the past.. and as long as you thrive to learn and to change ..you are ahead of the game. A very close friend of mine, who is about 30 years older than me told me when I left Europe… Marion always think about this: “Life is an adventure”. And I live by this mantra. And it’s up to me what kind of adventure I’m going to make it..

Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. I actually have 2 that I love: 

1. Make a plan ~ but go with the flow

2. Let life happen to you. Believe me: Life is in the right, always  

Rainer Maria Rilke (German philosopher)

Marion Hofmann

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it.
A. Just keep on doing.. I learned from Alisha to write the “morning pages” and I will do those and even if there is nothing coming to my mind.. I still keep on writing.. and I’m trying to apply this to my daily life, when I feel stuck.. just keep on doing .. “fake it until you make it”… and always put gratitude into the mix… this always gets you out of the “slump” and into Life again…

Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. In 2009, a co worker of mine and I (both are immigrants) wanted to provide a forum for “foreign” women to meet and get to know each other and support each other. First we were thinking more along the lines of “child care”, “doctors”, “hairdresser”, “our native food supply sources”… and we started in February of 2009 with 11 women.. we met monthly until a year ago, where our group became sooo huge that we can’t find space to meet anymore on a regular basis.. We are still meeting, but more on a quarterly basis… our group has changed and changed again, people are moving here and moving out.. we are embracing our diversity and our friendship. I’m most proud of the positive energy that is displayed at those meetings. Lots of Laughter, lots of pictures and lots of friendships that have formed out of this group.  I get the biggest smile and it warms my heart the most, when I hear: I’m so glad that I found this group and all those ladies.. I just moved here and I didn’t know anybody. Now I feel “home” … IGNO (International Girls Night Out)

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Savasana -  no doubt about this.. It looks easy, and might look like there is nothing to it, but I feel this pose embraces all poses … absolute surrender, relaxation, strength, feeling of success.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. I try to live in the “NOW” and enjoy and cherish the moment. Whenever I feel down – I practice “gratitude” – by just acknowledging my surroundings and how wonderful it is to be right here, or by “Thanking” for something specific, like another day in Health & Joy

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