Nationally recognized for her anchoring on Good Morning America for over 20 years, Joan Lunden has learned a lot from the world of news.
Over the years, she has become a spokesperson for a multitude of corporate media campaigns, written several books, traveled as a motivational speaker, and now, she is a mom to seven kids.
Lunden uses her time now to travel around the nation speaking to women on how to live a happier, healthier life.
This week, Lunden spoke at a dinner hosted by the Lubbock Women's Club.
Lunden said she was thrilled to speak with the group of women about her life, how the challenges and opportunities available to women have changed, and how women can use this to their advantage to take care of themselves.
"I'm so excited to be able to come here and talk to these women about us, talk about women," Lunden said, "because things have just changed so dramatically for women in this country over the last five decades."
During the dinner, Lunden spoke about her time at Good Morning America, and how Barbara Walters became a mentor, helping her navigate through the business as a female journalist.
"[Walters] took me aside and said, 'I'm going to give you a piece of advice,'" Lunden said. "'Don't buck city hall. Don't go in their fighting for equality. They are not ready to give it. And if you try to do that you will be right where your predecessors are out the door.' [Walters] said, 'Just take everything they give you and make it shine.' And it was great advice."
Lunden said that a lot of what she focuses on as an inspirational speaker is helping women realize their own importance. She said she believes women need to be reminded to take care of themselves from time to time, so they can lead happier, more fulfilling lives.
"We're so great at taking care of everybody else," Lunden said. "We're wonderful at it. We're not always so wonderful at taking care of ourselves."
When women take care of themselves first, Joan said they will become better mothers, happier people, happier partners and better employees.
"I just feel that it's part of my duty," she said, "every time I get up in front of an audience of women, to look them in the eye and say, 'I want you to promise me, before you walk out of here, that you're going to remember who's the most important person in your life. It has to be you.'
For more information about Joan Lunden and her healthy living advice, visit her website: www.joanlunden.com.
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