Stop and Smell the .. Cookies?

Amy Gallagher
Amy Gallagher

Recruitment is a whirlwind experience for even the most seasoned sorority woman. Whether you are a collegian, advisor, vice president of membership or alumna, it can seem like there is always work to be done and just not enough hours in the day. The easiest thing to forget is to take a few moments to reflect, unwind, and appreciate all that you have been able to accomplish.

While I was visiting the Gamma Kappa chapter, I was lucky enough to enjoy the hospitality of Vice President of Membership Emma Dale. Upon arriving back at her apartment after a long day of workshops and planning, it was decided to take some time to bake cookies before dinner. As we popped in a movie and the smell of baking filled the air, a decision was somehow made that these cookies were best to be eaten warm. So we did. We plopped down in front of Pretty Woman with a full glass of milk, a plateful, and enjoyed some time to think about all we had done that day.

As a leadership consultant, I have taken on many roles: a cheerleader, a coach, a task master, a calming voice, and a helping hand. But my favorite role so far has been a sister. A sister to enjoy dessert before dinner with, enjoy a comfortable silence at the end of a day, and enjoy a wholehearted laugh about the mutual understanding that enjoying a third cookie was nothing to be ashamed about.

Sometimes those moments when we reflect and collect come naturally, and sometimes we must seek them out in the midst of a hectic schedule.  Whether you are lucky enough to still be recruiting for Sigma Kappa, a stay at home mother of four, a business woman with her Blackberry always on hip, or enjoying the later years in life where your active days seem a lifetime ago, you need to have those moments.  For me, it was a reminder that day to take a deep breath and stop and smell the cookies whenever I get a chance.


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  1. Hi Amy! My name is caren levins hill and I was a member of beta eta. Pat mount told me you were traveling for sigma kappa. I too was a consultant from 93-94. If you are ever in Charlotte, nc or near ther, please look me up. Would live to meet you.

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