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Erin McDonough Life Well-Balanced

As a mom to a 15-month-old and President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Erin McDonough isn’t worried about finding a balance between the two worlds, her only concern is being the best she can be at both. Appointed President and CEO of The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) three months ago, McDonough is settling into her new role and learning everything she can about the trade.

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A Colorful Candy Christmas

I love Christmas time. It is my most FAVORITE time of the year. I love all of the excitement and wonder of the season. The way my kids get excited making out their Christmas lists and talking about Santa. Snuggling on the couch sipping hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies. Decorating Christmas cookies and making chocolate covered pretzels, these are Santa’s favorite at the Hardesty house. And, of course all of the holiday parties. 

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Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Sometimes you give till it hurts. Even though I truly believe that most people don’t want to wound you, they sometimes do. This can only happen in relationships if you care deeply. I’m not sure about you but I love people and I try to invest in them. I surround myself with individuals who are similar to me in some ways and those who are totally opposite and everyone in between. I’m an observer of humanity — always.

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A New Beginning

33. For a while I thought about being one of those people who hid my age. I’ve heard I “look” young and so I thought maybe I could get away with being 28 for a really long time. I didn’t really follow through on that plan and before I knew it my 33rd birthday arrived and thanks to social media, it was out there just how old I was. Not that it was that long ago, but I clearly remember turning 30. I prepped myself for the big day.

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