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MasterMoms: Introduction to the Enneagram

What’s your number? That’s what we wanted to find out. When we heard that Wendie Connors, Founder of SPM Ministries, could teach us more about our own number in her Introduction on the Enneagram talk, we knew we needed to have her join our MasterMoms community of speakers. We were thrilled when she agreed to be our November presenter.

Here is Wendie’s descriptions of her talk: Our purpose and reason for being in life matters to all of us. The first step of uncovering your unique life path is knowing yourself well! Easier said than done, right?! Here is one tool that can help: The Enneagram! Curious to find out more and explore what all the buzz is about? Grab some girlfriends and join Wendie Connors of SPM Ministries for a fun and intriguing look into the Enneagram and learn a little bit about yourself and who you have been created to be in the process!

Awesome isn’t it!?! We couldn’t wait to learn more. She had everyone take a free online assessment that would identify our individual type which is important because there are nine different ones.

Learning about all 9 Types gives you a better understanding of others’ personalities. It also describes why we behave, think, and feel in particular ways based upon our core fears and desires. It’s an incredible tool that helps guides you through self-discovery.

We started with the basics. Wendie shared with us how the Enneagram works and how we can use it in our everyday lives. She talked about our stress and security numbers.

Wendie, took us on a “tour” of each number. It was fascinating! We (Alicia & Patty) learned that we are both Type 2’s: The Supportive Advisor! We have some highlights on our Instagram page under MasterMoms. Be sure to check those out!

Wendie also talked about her new Breathe Boxes for Christmas! She’s bringing peace, positivity, and purpose to the holidays. Each box is beautifully wrapped and ready for you to give as a gift or keep for yourself 🙂

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What was so exciting were our giveaways! Two beautiful Breathe Boxes were gifted to our lovely participants, Lisa Mojica & Colleen Notter. Thanks to Lukins Home Network and Wendie Connors.

We also had a special guest attend our Zoom…Amanda Horan owner of Line + Cleat joined our call. She gave away a Holiday Plaid Wine tote to our lucky winner, Sandy Plahetka.

This Holiday Plaid is so adorable! We had to get a couple more wine totes and a cutting board for ourselves!!

We thoroughly enjoyed having Wendie as our MasterMom speaker for November! We closed out this season with thoughtful and inspiring information. Plus, lots of laughs along the way!

Wendie has an extensive list of resources. From books, websites, and podcasts she is your go-to for all things Enneagram! For more information about Wendie Connors, SPM Ministries, and her Holiday 2020 Breathe Boxes, please visit her website at www.spmministries.com !

A huge thanks to the Glen Ellyn Park District and Lukins Home Network for their continued support of our MasterMoms Talk Series.

We hope you are inspired, sharing, laughing, and connecting this holiday season!

XO, Alicia & Patty

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Connecting Moms to Our Community

Glen Ellyn Moms Village loves to highlight women who make a difference in Glen Ellyn. Who because of them, your life as a Mom is easier and better.  It is our pleasure to introduce you to Margaret Immink, the Founder of DirectorySpot.  If you have a school-aged child, then chances are you have the DirectorySpot App on your phone. And you may not have even known that this app that you use all the time was started by a Glen Ellyn Mom.  We can’t wait for you to learn more about her. 

1.    What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture?  

I worked 20+ years primarily in technology consulting and after moving to the Midwest decided to take a break and spend more time at home.   In 2010, I was co-President of the Ben Franklin PTA and we were working on the directory.  I thought there must be a better way to do this as it was time-consuming, expensive and outdated as soon as it was published.  I wanted to save paper, use technology, and somehow get the directory onto my smartphone.   I couldn’t find an app available, so I went to a tennis friend who introduced me to Eric Danielson and John Julien of Taydan Enterprises, and they developed an app for the Ben Franklin directory.

The first version was very basic, and I had to email usernames and passwords to each parent and teacher, but it worked.   They loved it and the next year I got another six schools to try it and they all responded positively.  I was asked to present at the Illinois PTA Convention, and Ben Franklin won the PTA award for best use of Technology. We also had a booth at the convention and generated a lot of excitement for the idea, and from there, DirectorySpot was born!

2.    What is your favorite aspect of your business?  

That is easy –when a customer tells me how much they use DirectorySpot or when they tell me a story about how DirectorySpot saved their day!   I also love talking to new customers and having them explain their problem and then figuring out how DirectorySpot can solve it for them.

3.    How has being a business owner affected your life?  

I had always worked for large companies and didn’t think I was the entrepreneurial type, but I have learned a ton along the way and discovered how much fun it can be.  Instead of going to an office and travelling to clients, I now work from home and have minimal travel.  We have grown at our own pace (slowly) and always kept risk to a minimum, which has kept it exciting but fairly manageable.  We started with schools and then expanded with other solutions for homeowners’ associations, churches, companies and really and type of organization that wants a secure directory. There is always more to be done, so it works well to fill my day but also gives flexibility.

4.    What are your hobbies and/or what do you love to do when you are not in work mode?  

I have a daughter away at college and a 16-year-old going to a tennis school down in Florida so I travel a lot.  I can actually work from almost anywhere so that is another positive about DirectorySpot.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, travelling to junior tennis tournaments, skiing, going to see live music, happy hours, and of course watching Netflix.  I also spend time mentoring small business startups and trying to share some of the lessons I have learned along the way.  

5.    What struggles or pain points do your clients have that you help solve for them?

Our customers have either spent years creating and distributing a paper directory that has been cumbersome and expensive and they are looking for a better solution or they have a need to connect with other members and are looking for an easy app.   We also have customers who are looking to raise funds for their organization and use DirectorySpot to meet those needs.   In addition, our solution is simple to use, easy to set up and inexpensive which appeals to all of our customers. 

6.    What do you think sets you apart from your competitors?

DirectorySpot provides a customized and secure online directory and app.  We have always focused on providing the best directory solution including communications, but not trying to solve every problem for an organization.   We also provide a solution that an organization can sign up, set up their own directory and launch to their customers without actually needing any assistance.   It is that easy, but of course we are always here to help.

7.    How does your company help Moms?

Moms are busier now than ever so DirectorySpot keeps their directory with them wherever they are.  It is always current and always easy to find a classmate, a parent, a teacher, a class list or even the school or organization calendar.   Many moms are involved in other organizations and DirectorySpot keeps them connected as well with a single log in.

8.    What is the name of your business and where do you work?

DirectorySpot.  I work in Glen Ellyn, IL.

9.    Does this business have a presence in Glen Ellyn?  
Yes!   Our first customer was Ben Franklin Elementary and now there are over 20 schools and organizations in Glen Ellyn using DirectorySpot.  We have 100+ organizations in IL using DirectorySpot and have customers in 35 states and 4 countries.

10. What is your mission? 

Our mission is simple – to provide the best secure directory solution for schools and organizations.

11. What do your clients/users thank you for?

They thank us for making it so easy to set up, launch and maintain their directory.  They thank us for our customer service, for continuing to enhance the solution, and also for the low price.  Recently, they have thanked us helping to keep schools and communities connected during the COVID pandemic.

12. If a Mom was interested in your service, how do you recommend they sign up?  

Go to our website – www.directoryspot.net and sign up for our free trial.  They can set up a directory and test out all of our features for free for 30 days.   If they like it, they make the payment and continue on.  If they don’t want to continue, then the trial is deleted.

13. How is the best way to connect with you?

Send me an email – margaret@directoryspot.net or call me – 630-425-2665.

14.Other fun questions:

15. As Moms, we wear many hats, what title would you give yourself? 

Hmmm, I am not good with these types of questions.   Maybe “Helper”?   I help my kids whenever I can (or whenever they actually ask for help), help my friends with their technology questions, and help friends with travel plans as I have lived / travelled a lot.

16. What gave you the faith to start something so different?

The feedback from our first few customers made it easy to believe in the solution.   At the time, I had no idea how it would evolve, but it was enough to get started.

17. Who is your role model and why?

I have had many role models including my Partners in consulting and local women who have founded businesses.  For DirectorySpot specifically, I met the founder of SignUp.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) at that original PTA convention and we really connected.   She has a similar background and took an interest in our venture.  She has been a great mentor and friend over these years and always makes time to give her thoughts on our latest challenge.  

18. What is your superpower or spirit animal?  

Hmmm, again a difficult one.  Maybe trip planning?  I do love to plan out trips and create detailed schedules of tours, activities and restaurants – either for family or for groups.  And then follow up with creating a slideshow or photobook☺

19. When do you feel the most creative?  

Probably when I want to make a gift for someone – either a necklace or bracelet, an abstract painting or something with photos.  I don’t really have any real talent, but I like to try ☺

20. What is your favorite cocktail/mocktail?  

Gin and Tonic (with good gin and good tonic and extra limes)

1.    What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture?  

I worked 20+ years primarily in technology consulting and after moving to the Midwest decided to take a break and spend more time at home.   In 2010, I was co-President of the Ben Franklin PTA and we were working on the directory.  I thought there must be a better way to do this as it was time-consuming, expensive and outdated as soon as it was published.  I wanted to save paper, use technology, and somehow get the directory onto my smartphone.   I couldn’t find an app available, so I went to a tennis friend who introduced me to Eric Danielson and John Julien of Taydan Enterprises, and they developed an app for the Ben Franklin directory.

The first version was very basic, and I had to email usernames and passwords to each parent and teacher, but it worked.   They loved it and the next year I got another six schools to try it and they all responded positively.  I was asked to present at the Illinois PTA Convention, and Ben Franklin won the PTA award for best use of Technology. We also had a booth at the convention and generated a lot of excitement for the idea, and from there, DirectorySpot was born!

2.    What is your favorite aspect of your business?  

That is easy –when a customer tells me how much they use DirectorySpot or when they tell me a story about how DirectorySpot saved their day!   I also love talking to new customers and having them explain their problem and then figuring out how DirectorySpot can solve it for them.

3.    How has being a business owner affected your life?  

I had always worked for large companies and didn’t think I was the entrepreneurial type, but I have learned a ton along the way and discovered how much fun it can be.  Instead of going to an office and travelling to clients, I now work from home and have minimal travel.  We have grown at our own pace (slowly) and always kept risk to a minimum, which has kept it exciting but fairly manageable.  We started with schools and then expanded with other solutions for homeowners’ associations, churches, companies and really and type of organization that wants a secure directory. There is always more to be done, so it works well to fill my day but also gives flexibility.

4.    What are your hobbies and/or what do you love to do when you are not in work mode?  

I have a daughter away at college and a 16-year-old going to a tennis school down in Florida so I travel a lot.  I can actually work from almost anywhere so that is another positive about DirectorySpot.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, travelling to junior tennis tournaments, skiing, going to see live music, happy hours, and of course watching Netflix.  I also spend time mentoring small business startups and trying to share some of the lessons I have learned along the way.  

5.    What struggles or pain points do your clients have that you help solve for them?

Our customers have either spent years creating and distributing a paper directory that has been cumbersome and expensive and they are looking for a better solution or they have a need to connect with other members and are looking for an easy app.   We also have customers who are looking to raise funds for their organization and use DirectorySpot to meet those needs.   In addition, our solution is simple to use, easy to set up and inexpensive which appeals to all of our customers. 

6.    What do you think sets you apart from your competitors?

DirectorySpot provides a customized and secure online directory and app.  We have always focused on providing the best directory solution including communications, but not trying to solve every problem for an organization.   We also provide a solution that an organization can sign up, set up their own directory and launch to their customers without actually needing any assistance.   It is that easy, but of course we are always here to help.

7.    How does your company help Moms?

Moms are busier now than ever so DirectorySpot keeps their directory with them wherever they are.  It is always current and always easy to find a classmate, a parent, a teacher, a class list or even the school or organization calendar.   Many moms are involved in other organizations and DirectorySpot keeps them connected as well with a single log in.

8.    What is the name of your business and where do you work?

DirectorySpot.  I work in Glen Ellyn, IL.

9.    Does this business have a presence in Glen Ellyn?  
Yes!   Our first customer was Ben Franklin Elementary and now there are over 20 schools and organizations in Glen Ellyn using DirectorySpot.  We have 100+ organizations in IL using DirectorySpot and have customers in 35 states and 4 countries.

10. What is your mission? 

Our mission is simple – to provide the best secure directory solution for schools and organizations.

11. What do your clients/users thank you for?

They thank us for making it so easy to set up, launch and maintain their directory.  They thank us for our customer service, for continuing to enhance the solution, and also for the low price.  Recently, they have thanked us helping to keep schools and communities connected during the COVID pandemic.

12. If a Mom was interested in your service, how do you recommend they sign up?  

Go to our website – www.directoryspot.net and sign up for our free trial.  They can set up a directory and test out all of our features for free for 30 days.   If they like it, they make the payment and continue on.  If they don’t want to continue, then the trial is deleted.

13. How is the best way to connect with you?

Send me an email – margaret@directoryspot.net or call me – 630-425-2665.

14.Other fun questions:

15. As Moms, we wear many hats, what title would you give yourself? 

Hmmm, I am not good with these types of questions.   Maybe “Helper”?   I help my kids whenever I can (or whenever they actually ask for help), help my friends with their technology questions, and help friends with travel plans as I have lived / travelled a lot.

16. What gave you the faith to start something so different?

The feedback from our first few customers made it easy to believe in the solution.   At the time, I had no idea how it would evolve, but it was enough to get started.

17. Who is your role model and why?

I have had many role models including my Partners in consulting and local women who have founded businesses.  For DirectorySpot specifically, I met the founder of SignUp.com (formerly VolunteerSpot) at that original PTA convention and we really connected.   She has a similar background and took an interest in our venture.  She has been a great mentor and friend over these years and always makes time to give her thoughts on our latest challenge.  

18. What is your superpower or spirit animal?  

Hmmm, again a difficult one.  Maybe trip planning?  I do love to plan out trips and create detailed schedules of tours, activities and restaurants – either for family or for groups.  And then follow up with creating a slideshow or photobook☺

19. When do you feel the most creative?  

Probably when I want to make a gift for someone – either a necklace or bracelet, an abstract painting or something with photos.  I don’t really have any real talent, but I like to try ☺

20. What is your favorite cocktail/mocktail?  

Gin and Tonic (with good gin and good tonic and extra limes)

21. Looking back on motherhood, what would you tell a new Mom? Time goes slow when they are young and unbelievably fast as they get older.  Don’t worry about the early stuff, it usually gets sorted out eventually and you will laugh that you were even concerned.  Enjoy every moment you can with them ☺

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MasterMoms: Reset with Rita Hyland

It was an inspiring evening with Rita Hyland at our MasterMoms Talk Series. We hope you enjoyed your night and that you were able to take home a few nuggets of inspiration to help you start fresh and reset.  We enjoyed seeing so many returning faces as well as meeting some new Moms.

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Thank you so much to Chris Lukins of Lukins Home Network for providing delicious appetizers and sweets. If you have any questions or want to reach out to her their office number is 630-755-5253 and their website is lukinshomenetwork.com.
And although our photographer, Heidi Aubin Photography, could not join us this month, she generously donated a branding session that was raffled off.  And the winner was Lisa Dell.

Thank you to Lisa Enoch of Gatherings Designs for the beautiful flowers.  She graciously provided all 8 centerpieces and then donated them for our raffle.  Lisa is doing a table at Celebrations of Tables on March 7th benefiting the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

And a big thank you to Enclave for coming and speaking to all of us about their new space as well as giving everyone a free month membership.  To get started, book a tour by emailing members@enclave535.com.

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If you are interested in signing up for her Playing Full Out Transformational Program that starts next Tuesday, February 25th, please feel free to reach out to her directly.

Our next Mastermoms Talk Series is with MAC Styling: is Wednesday, March 18th at 7 pm.  Mary Anne Calzolano will talk all things fashion, from Spring Break shopping and packing, to outfitting your family, to organizing your closet and how to get your closet to be filled with the clothes that make you feel like your best self.  Sign up today before it sells out.

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Glen Ellyn Moms Village 2020: Create

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Glen Ellyn Moms Village 2020 is going to be filled with more connections, information, and interaction.  Our motto is to Create, Inspire, Share and Laugh.  Alicia and I plan to focus on these four elements as we create our content for you.  When Alicia Donovan started, GEMV, she simply started with sharing information on Facebook that she thought other Moms would want to know.  It soon grew into a blog, which allowed her to share even more content.  This year, we are going back to our roots and putting our focus on our blog.  We hope by doing this we are creating more value for our readers.  So welcome to our first blog post of the year.

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For new followers, we would like to do a quick introduction.  Alicia Donovan started Glen Ellyn Moms Village five years ago when she moved to town and realized that having a place to exchange information was something that would benefit not only her but all of the moms in town.  I, Patty Cavanagh, joined Alicia in January of 2019.  I have loved working with Alicia and getting to meet so many moms and local business owners.

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As Moms, we create the world that our kids grow up in.  We set the tone for our families. And our goal at Glen Ellyn Moms Village is to help by providing content showcasing local events, businesses, services, and information that will help you be in the know and help you thrive.    Here are some events that I would like to share:

1.West Fest: The Glenbard West Boosters Fundraiser on February 15th.  All welcome, whether you have a high schooler or not, this is a community event that raises money to enhance all academic, athletic and all extracurricular organizations for the students of Glenbard West.

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2. Glen Ellyn Moms Village MasterMoms Talk Series featuring Rita Hyland: Moms Reset on Wednesday, February 19th at the Lake Ellyn Boat House.  Sign up through the Glen Ellyn Park District.

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3. SPM Ministries Women’s Retreat: Soulutions! Based on four life rhythms (rest, restore, connect, and create), you’ll leave equipped with easy-to-implement ideas for bringing the sacred of Sundays into your everyday life.  Sign up at www.spmministries.com

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All three of these events that I am recommending, have touched me personally.  Here is a little bit more of why these are three events that I think you should know about this month.

West Fest: I am on the Glenbard West Boosters Committee and see first hand how the money raised helps the organizations of GBW thrive.  These organizations help kids connect face to face. And these organizations create a space for all students.   And as a mother of teens, I know this is more important than ever.  Plus, it is a very fun community event with live music and great food.

Alicia and I are very proud of our 2020 Kickoff MasterMoms Talk Series featuring Rita Hyland.  If you have ever felt stuck, lost, overwhelmed as a Mom, no matter what stage you are in, this is for you.  She will offer tools that can impact your mindset and choices.  Let’s make 2020 the best year for ourselves which in turn helps us create the best world for our families.

And last but not least, I highly recommend SPM Ministries Women’s Retreat: Soulutions!  Wendie Connors and her ministry team ( Fun Tidbit: GEMV Founder, Alicia is also on this ministry team) have put together an amazing day of learning, gathering, and FUN!  If you haven’t been to anything with Wendie Connors yet, you will love the energy.  If your soul needs a pick me up, this is definitely for you.

And make sure you are signed up to receive our Glen Ellyn Moms Village Monthly Newsletter, which this month has some amazing Create, Inspire, Share and Laugh personal recommendations from Alicia Donovan. Believe me, you do not want to miss it.

xo

Patty Cavanagh

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Paramount Theatre’s Beauty and The Beast

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With the holidays fast approaching and the spirit of Christmas nestled deeply into our hearts you won’t want to miss the chance to see Disney’s Beauty and The Beast at the historic Paramount Theatre. 

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It’s a Tale as Old as Time and treating your family to this beloved musical is the perfect way to create lasting holiday memories no matter your age.

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We were recently invited by Paramount to see a special preview matinee of this spellbinding production and let us tell you that it didn’t disappoint. This timeless fairytale is full of magical moments that will make you wish you were a kid again. 

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The characters are brought to life with dazzling costumes and delightful choreography that leaves you singing to each familiar song.  Gaston is as pompous as ever and Lumiere is sure to steal your heart. Chip is for sure the cutest thing ever and we’re still trying to figure out how that contraption rolled across the stage. Belle is beautifully played by Beth Stafford Laird and her captivating voice is perfectly paired with the live orchestra. Our ever favorite beast is the highlight of the show.  His short-tempered ways and bad manners soon bring way to that handsome prince we all wished we had.

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Plan your trip:

– First watch this Sneak Peek 🥀

– Make dinner reservations at Two Brothers Roundhouse and it is very kid friendly

– Heading to a matinee enjoy a sweet treat at Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery

– Here’s where to park Plus there is valet parking starting one hour prior to show time for a fee of $11-$20. Information can be found here.

Paramount Theatre offers full bar service in the Grand Gallery Lobby and Original Lobby. Beverages are available in the lobby before the show and at intermission. No food is permitted in the theater.

Tickets are available here!

Photos of Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery: