Brianna Bell, left, Fabiola Sierra, Alyssa Romero and Mariah Stewart in the back, pose for goofy pictures in a photo booth operated by Monkeyshines during the Healthy Woman 8th annual anniversary event at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, Tuesday evening. Mark Wilson Photo
Some lose their patience. Some lose their mind from time to time. And others lose their keys.
“The idea is that women deal with all sorts of things every single day. They have to balance their lives, their kids, their home, their work and it just seems like its always too much. And at the last minute you can’t find your keys, or you can’t figure where this is or that is,” said Brooke Linthicum, marketing director for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.
Linthicum is a member of the advisory board of Healthy Woman, which hosted its eighth annual anniversary event at the Civic Center Tuesday evening. The title of the program was Hope for Women Who Can’t Find Their Keys.
Guest speaker Lisa Smartt, 47, a mom from Dresden, Tenn., who dubs herself the Queen of Imperfection, encouraged a crowd of area women to laugh in the face of their stress. Smartt is the author of two books, The Smartt View 1: Life, Love, and Cluttered Closets, and The Smartt View 2: Life in Progress.
“I’m a completely different kind of motivational speaker. When you leave tonight you’re going to walk out saying, ‘I’m not as bad as her and that motivates me,’” Smartt joked at the beginning of her talk.
Smartt recounted lighthearted stories, or confessions as she called them, of her struggles with her weight and her spatial disorder. At times women in the audience had to catch their breaths or wipe away tears from their laughter.
“All of us in this room have weaknesses. Because of that we’re able to show a special mercy to the other people who have weaknesses … One of my missions in life is to go around and help you say, ‘Hey, girl, you don’t have to be embarrassed, you can tell me’ … It’s only when we tell the truth that we get help,” Smartt said.
Attendee Angela Fisher said, “(Smartt) elaborated on something the Bible said that we all should bear one another’s burdens, the way she said it, we all should have mercy on each other because each is fighting some kind of battle.”
A national organization, the goal of Healthy Woman is to provide women with the material needed to make informed decisions about health care for their family and for themselves. “Because we know that women make the health care decisions for their families,” Linthicum said. In 2010, there were more than 110,000 Healthy Woman members and 100 hospital programs, according to the organization’s website.