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Written by Megan Eckenrode

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

“Live the life you’ve always dreamed of. Be fearless in the face of adversity. Never stop learning. Use your imagination whenever possible. Recognize the beauty that surrounds you. Remember where you came from, but never lose sight of where you are going.”

As we age, we take experiences and wisdom gained over time and mix it together with hopes, dreams, and passions and sometimes take a gigantic leap of faith. I’ve never been one to turn away from a challenge and have always considered myself a competitive and driven person, even from when I was little. I blame this on my highly competitive older brother. Like most of us, I absolutely hate to lose. Over time I’ve learned that the losses became an amazing tool that created learning experiences if I chose to look at it from that perspective. If you don’t fail at something you’ll never know what you’re most successful in. Athena has become my greatest success that never would have been had I not experienced some pretty tough failures.

2018 is here and I couldn’t be more ready for new experiences and even the challenges! I am truly blessed to be the visionary and leader of this wonderful world that has been fostered by the clients that walk through these doors everyday. The friends and family that have supported my ups and downs and always have told me to keep going and remain fearless. The professionals that have given so much of themselves to not only understand my vision but embrace and attack it everyday right along with me. All of this would never have been possible had I not taken adversity and failure head on and turned those lemons into lemonade.