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When You’re Always Preparing, You’re Always Prepared

On May 4th, I attended the 14th Annual Carroll County Chamber Women’s Luncheon with Julia Leahy as the event host.

I asked my good friend Deb Hallberg to join me and as we were pulling out of my addition to head to the event, Julia called me. (Now this is about 90 minutes before the whole event is starting)


When I answered the phone, Julia in her ever so cheery voice said, hi how are you! I wanted to let you know that Janet Holcomb the First Lady is sick and not able to make the luncheon today. I sat in silence for a minute thinking she was going to say that she is cancelling the event and not to drive up to Delphi from Greenwood.



Those were not what her next words were.

Her next words were, you were my first call. I’d like for you to be our guest speaker because the theme is Living Your Passion, and that’s what you do.

Would you be our speaker today?



Wow! I said, YES, Thank You, YES!

I hung up the phone, looked at Deb, who was driving and said, well here we go!


Melahni Ake and Deb Hallberg, The Parish House


I immediately started looking up the quotes that I wanted to frame my talk around!

I didn’t have my computer, my iPad, my notebook, I only had my calendar book and my business cards.


As Deb drove and we talked, I put together what was on my heart, an introduction to these 130 women about how to use what’s in your heart to keep your perspective.


When we arrived at the venue, The Parish House, it was a church. This was so powerful, my emotions were flowing like a river. I knew that this moment, this opportunity was designed by God.


You see, all my life I watched my family influence audiences from small town churches just like this one. It’s where community is formed and it’s what I believe is so valuable today.


As I poured into this group of 130 women, all I could think about was how can I create inspiration and momentum for this audience and how many lives could I inspire. This was a “surreal” moment in time.