Maureen’s Gourmet Pepper Jam

February, and especially Valentine’s day, is dedicated to honoring love. Usually showing love in February means getting or giving a gift to someone you love.  I was fortunate to receive many gifts of love this February – most of them were not tangible.  One, however, was edible, Maureen’s GourmetPepper Jam. 

The jam was a gift from Lorraine Smith – the woman who gifted us with her only son as our son-in-law, Kevin Courtney.  

Maureen’s Gourmet Pepper Jam was a gift at many levels.  The first was obvious as my Valentine gathering guests devoured the platters of organic cream cheese smothered in this prized pepper jam. 

The second gift was the story of the woman who created the pepper jam and the company that now sells it – Maureen.  Maureen has been making pepper jam since her Dad started experimenting with different recipes some 40 years ago.  Now in her 7th decade, Maureen is courageous enough to create a company to sell the jam her friends and family have enjoyed all these years.

People always ask me, “What do you mean by living a Don’tDie spirit?”  What do I mean?  I mean people like Maureen!  She could have made excuses or she could have achieved her goals and she made a choice anyone would be proud to support.

I think everyone should buy at least one jar to support her incredible Don’t Die spirit!

Congratulations Maureen.  Thank you, Lorraine.

Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD


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Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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