Happy New Year! I know it’s been a little while since my last post but will you forgive this single mama whose holiday hit her hard. While I want to just blame the overwhelming emotions that slapped me at the close of 2018, it was the taking care of two sick kids for two weeks back to back that completely threw me for a loop.
In any case, I will spare the details only because this year my main resolution is to keep moving forward, resisting negative energy and trying to stay in the now. I want to dedicate this first post of the year to an endeavor close to my heart, Women Who Thrive. As many of you might already know, the close of 2017 and 2018 in its entirety was characterized by the many changes my family and I have undergone since I became a pregnant, single mother. As if we did not have enough on our plates post launching little Lola & tots, my sister and very close friend decided to start a women’s networking group after feeling a dire need for representation and identification after attending many professional events. Not only did we not see many people that looked like us, but we also didn’t connect with anyone’s story since it spoke only about the rise and not the many falls that life can throw your way. As entrepreneurs, we craved listening to stories we could connect with and that’s how Women Who Thrive was born.
Here we are now, having decided to make it a non-profit organization, one week away from our launch event (details on our site) and I cannot help thinking about last year’s brunch, the first big event we hosted, where I was a last minute add-on as a guest speaker. The theme of the event centered around what it meant to thrive. At the time, only three months shy of my world having flipped upside down, I was there, in front of 40 or so women, sharing how I felt I was thriving. As I share with you my speech now, I can’t help but be transported to those sentiments and how, although I knew I was undergoing a personal transformation, I did not fully grasp how amazing my journey would be and continues to be. I know this has given me a true purpose… the clear-cut drive to raise strong women. To those women, who have lifted me up and kept me going having connected with my story, I’m grateful to you.