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Sponsor 7 Q+A: Marsha Osterbur, The Christie Foundation

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Oh how we love Marsha — her humor, her creativity, her go-get-em attitude helps so many people in this community, especially That’s What She Said and our work with The Christie Foundation. Thank you, Marsha, and everyone at The Christie Foundation!



What are you grateful for today?
Having the ability to make a difference for someone today – or several someones.

Tell us about one of your friends and what you love about her.
She’s amazing! I may not see or talk to her for weeks or months at a time, but when we get together, our conversation picks up exactly where we left off – you don’t connect with many people on that level.

Describe one of the best days of your life.
The day my daughter was born – I had never experienced such breath-taking joy before her birth.

What’s the best lesson you learned from your mother/grandmother?
I was a 5th generation baby, which means I had grandmas galore.  I see myself in every single one of them on many levels – they all taught different lessons from altruism to honesty, so I just picked the ones I wanted to emulate and held on tight!

We’re all unique. What is your special gift?
I can’t play the piano, or paint or dance – I have no talents, period. But, my special gift is this: I can walk into a room full of strangers and attract only the best people to my side. You know, the most compassionate, funniest, entertaining, sincere – and then, they become friends and confidants. I get a real kick of testing this gift over and over…never been disappointed.

What could women be doing to make their community a better place?
“You’ve gotta wake up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart…”  Carole King

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Make a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem:  My fear is that I would be unrecognizably changed forever.

Executive Director of The Christie Foundation, Gary, had an extra question:  What could you do to live a Life of Purpose?
I would like everyone I encounter to know they are a valuable Child of God by my actions because I believe people won’t remember what I say or what I do – they will only remember how I made them feel.

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