The Winds Of Change

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Last Thursday, October 19, 2007 much of the midwest was taken by storms. The storms took 3 lives in Michigan.  My sympathies to the families in Michigan and elsewhere around the country who were affected by these storm systems.


As these storms rolled through our area I found them prophetic.

Thursday was the eve of a major change for me. A very exciting new journey and a new pathway for me was just beginning ... 

Northern Michigan Skyline 

I have to give some credit for my new pathway to The Secret.... 

 I have been a fan of "The Secret"  since watching the DVD which was gifted to me by my sister Kathleen

I was fascinated with the Law of Attraction and I have learned to be on the lookout and recognize opportunities that life presents.

I began seeing people I met differently, wondering what was behind our meeting...how those people fit in.

I began seeing events differently, wondering what led me to participate in an event and how I would use the experiences to change my life and the lives of others around me.

 

 

 

I looked at every person, situation and event as a piece of a jigsaw puzzle and tried putting the pieces together so they fit perfectly.

 

During the course of 2007 I have been putting together a jigsaw puzzle... Jigsaw

   

I have been immersed in the "Green" Scene, in renewable energy and the thought process of doing the right thing and holding a hard line. My interest in educating myself and others has grown tremendously. It has been my good fortune to be introduced to many, many wonderful new ideas and good people. 

Through a strange series of events I was introduced to Allan O'Shea of Contractor's Building Supply in Copemish, Michigan.  My meeting Allan was a result of the Zoning Issues I blogged about surrounding the wind generator on the Herkelrath Project. As I talked with Allan I found, interestingly enough, he was a HUGE proponent of renewable energy. Allan was one of the founding members of the American Wind Energy Association in 1974 and was their first president. I sat down with Allan and his son Devon to discuss renewables - wind and solar -  and their visions for getting things like Solar Domestic Hot Water and Energy Efficient Windows into the mainstream.

Through our discussions was a job offer of all things!

Drum Roll for the formal announcement....

I have joined Contractor's Building Supply as Dealer Rep for Renewables - Wind and Solar, highly efficient ThermoLock Windows and some other interesting products.

This past Friday Allan and I went on our first appointments together and had a very successful day! The response we have received has been phenomenal! I am excited about all the things I will learn from Allan. It has been quite an honor for me to be offered such a great position and the opportunity to have an impact on the future of Renewable Energy in Michigan and throughout the US!

I feel like I am on the podium at the Oscars but I can't start this journey without giving credit to the many friends I am grateful to have met throughout 2007 who have helped lead me down this Green Path!  

There are many people who have been instrumental and who I see as pieces of my jigsaw puzzle...JaneAnne Narrin, Stephanie Edwards, Adam Bearup, Eric Hughes, Buzz Holtvluwer, Lola Audu, Ed Vogt, Gary Smith, all the ECO AllStars members too numerous to mention who have kept my interest and shared their knowledge with me.

I am ECSTATIC about the new opportunity! For the next six months I will continue with Lending while I continue to explore Greener Pathways.....

 

**Thanks to Acclaim Images for the jigsaw photo.

 

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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You give back more than you know Mary. Storms. I suppose everyone goes through their own storms in different parts of the world. We're in the middle of nowhere. And more learning about self and the universal laws is a benefit to inner strength which will help you immensely in your quests with Greener Pathways :)
Oct 21, 2007 02:27 PM #7
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Mary McGraw
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Sally - thank you for the words of wisdom! I love the new day after a storm like when the lightening makes everything greener! It was a very strange feeling watching the storms come in while feeling a certain amount of trepidation for the new day dawning for me! Keep you wonderful posts coming!
Oct 21, 2007 02:34 PM #8
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"I have joined Contractor's Building Supply as Dealer Rep for Renewables" Can't wait to hear more, and remember all things happen for a reason.
Oct 21, 2007 02:40 PM #9
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Mary McGraw
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Thanks Dena! As I learn I will be sharing information with the ECO AllStars who have been so helpful in leading me down this great and wonderful path! AND updating my profile later to reflect the new Green Pathway!

 

Oct 21, 2007 02:46 PM #10
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Gary Smith
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Mary, Congratulations, if everything goes like you wrote, the next year or so will be very exiting for you.

Thanks for the mention.

Oct 21, 2007 08:48 PM #11
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Joan Mirantz
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Mary...that's fantastic !! You sound so excited...a whole new career!

You are the third person i know who has recommended the secret! hummmm

Oct 21, 2007 11:40 PM #12
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Mary McGraw
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Adam - Thanks for the good wishes! I think it very ironic that the meetings with Allan and Devon were through your township meetings! As I always say, there is never a dull moment around the Hybrid Maniac!
Oct 22, 2007 03:35 AM #13
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Mary McGraw
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Gary - thank you! You have become a very good friend and I love your postings! I am excited to bring something positive to the table for people in Michigan! 
Oct 22, 2007 03:44 AM #14
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Mary McGraw
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Joan - Isn't that "cool!" For lack of a better word! I have been working on this for a few weeks and have been dying to let the cat out of the bag!

The Secret ~ there has been much hype surrounding it. I have watched the DVD several times and I have the book, which is verbatim the dvd. I highly recommend it. It has given me a new level of awareness. When I start thinking about the connections...Wow! I get so I can hardly wait to meet the next person in the chain! Thanks fo your comments and let me know how you like the secret!

Oct 22, 2007 03:53 AM #15
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Mary --- Good for you!  I'm also a big fan of The Secret and a number of the people that are in the movie.  So you go girl!  Make those dreams a reality!  Best wishes for a big, green success!!!
Oct 23, 2007 02:34 PM #16
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Mary McGraw
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Eva - thank you for the "atta girl!" It means so much.
Oct 23, 2007 03:37 PM #17
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Hey Mary,  :)  Thank You for including me.  I can't wait to hear more about it, I know you will do great.  Please keep us posted!!
Oct 23, 2007 09:44 PM #18
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Congratulations Mary!  It's been so beautiful to see you bloom! :)  Does this mean that you will no longer be involved with mortgages?
Oct 24, 2007 12:11 AM #19
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Mary McGraw
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Hi Stephanie! I couldn't NOT include you! You have been a great friend!
Oct 24, 2007 09:15 AM #20
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Mary McGraw
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Thanks Lola! I will still be involved in mortgages for at least the next six months. At that time I will make a decision but I need to give myself time to learn, grow and develop more relationships! Thanks for your comments and compliments!
Oct 26, 2007 06:54 PM #21
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Mary~

 

How exciting to "see" this happen before our eyes, and to "hear" the happiness in your voice, and to "smell" the roses blooming along your path, and to "taste" the many victories we expect for you,, and to "touch" the past and present through your words.

 

CONGRATULATIONS and

Oct 26, 2007 11:32 PM #22
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Mary McGraw
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Hi JaneAnne! Thank you for the kind words and the way you have brought in all the senses! This is an exciting time in the renewable industry. It is very exciting for me to be providing money saving solutions for clients while reducing environmental impact! It will be an exciting journey!
Oct 27, 2007 09:05 AM #23
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Mary McGraw
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Thank you for the star! 

 

Oct 28, 2007 06:47 PM #24
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Ed Vogt
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Mary - I'm so excited and happy for you!!!  You have a way of being the best at what you do because you're such an intelligent person.  This will be another new experience for you and I wish you well.  Thanks for mentioning me.  Keep us posted:)
Nov 01, 2007 10:39 AM #25
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Ed - Thanks! I'm very excited about the possibilities!!
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