“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin

Don’t you love that quote? I don’t know how many women I’ve met who say this quote is an all time favorite. Why does it speak to us?

Because change is scary. Because it takes a lot of guts to face the change instead of avoiding it, to take charge of our own story instead of handing it over to someone else to tell for us, to take center stage and be the star of our show instead of sitting on the side lines!

Yup, it’s all risky. ‘Cause who can tell us how it’s all going to turn out?

We have fooled ourselves into thinking we can handle it all! Society and our own perfectionistic-y egos tell us we should be able to handle it all! Yet despite all our resources we begin to get frayed around the edges. Exhaustion, sleep troubles, emotional eating, irritability…

We become the frog in the pot, cooking ourselves slowly into shadows of our former selves.

During times of transition we can all use a little help from our friends to remind us how awesome we are!

That’s where our new Explore What’s Next group comes in!

Why go it alone? Transition can be overwhelming! It’s OK to think that, even say it out loud. Coping with aging parents and children’s needs, empty nesting, illness, changes at work or in a relationship and more – sometimes all at once!

Our new group is designed to give you support on your path of change. Our goal is for you to grow out of Overwhelmed and into Empowered! We provide a safe, comfy place where you can just be you, inspired by new ideas and perspectives, validated and encouraged.

We invite you to join us and others who share similar life experiences. Here you will acquire new skills, knowledge and coping tools to help deal with it all and break out of isolation. On this path of growth we want to help you to share your wisdom, laughter and together find our sense of adventure again.

Go here to learn more about our new EWN group, Women Empowering Women In A Changing World. You can also contact Dr. Aletta (716.308.6683 / or Kate Maleski (716.880.5689 /

The first get together will be Wednesday, October 1st at 10:30AM. We’ll meet for six weeks; each session will be about an hour and a half. We have a loose agenda we believe will be relevant to the group with topics such as rebuilding confidence and self-esteem, stress and intimacy in relationships from our spouses to our kids, how to maintain good self-care, etc.

We wish to keep our group small enough to encourage conversation so seating is limited. Please contact us soon!