Bridgeport, CT (PressExposure) March 21, 2008 -- Cindy Penkoff, local mom, wife and business owner, has just released her first book; Girlfriend Generation. It's a little book that packs a huge punch.
A local resident who grew up in Milford, Ct she now resides in Trumbull with her husband and 9 year old son. She graduated from Joseph A Foran High School in 1981 and since has alternated between working for others and working for herself. In addition to authoring Girlfriend Generation, she is the owner/buyer/designer of the retail website of the same name; [http://www.girlfriendgeneration.com]
Since she believes there is a reason for everything, we asked why now? Cindy indicated that this past year another friend had to endure the horrors of breast cancer. Although this is not the first time she and her family and friends had been exposed to cancer, it just seemed like the last straw. For years they had supported the American Cancer Society. Talking the talk and making donations when prompted. This time she said "let's really do something". They all agreed it was the right thing to do not just because it was their friend, but, because it made them feel useful instead of helpless. It was an expression of love and support that went to the next level. They ran fundraisers, made t-shirts, and became "The Girlfriends for Life" team. This experience culminated in and all day/night walk for the American Cancer Society and raised nearly $8000 in about 2 months. It was an amazing experience, and had stirred a tremendous amount of emotions and thoughts. Writing was her outlet.
When asked to describe the book and what she hoped to accomplish she had no problem answering. "This book is an expression of love. Love for all the women in your life that you would consider a "Girlfriend". For me it is always important to personalized a gift as much as possible so I gave this book that ability. There are small appropriate areas where you can "fill in the blank" so to speak, which are meant to spark a memory, create a smile or make you laugh out loud. You also have a page in the front already designated to addressing it to that person. The recipient can also add her touch. I have included 50 pages of journal space in the back for notes and thoughts, whatever she wants. She can literally add to the book. It doesn't get more personal than that. The accomplishment part is easy. Making sure that the Girlfriends in your life know how important they are to you. I think if I had had this when I got married, each of my bridesmaids would have received one. I have already given one to each of my Girlfriends near and far."
A self proclaimed control freak, Cindy also did the photo that appears on the front and back cover. You will not find an author bio, "This book isn't about me", and the dedication is in the back of the book instead of the front. "The dedication was very serious for me. I didn't want to start the book that way. I do think the dedication is beautiful and meaningful and just as important as everything else in the book. Trust me, when you read it, the placement will make sence."
"Girlfriends are the charms of your life. We collect them for their meaning and beauty and create and heirloom uniquely our own."