Friends Like These
A few weeks ago a friend had a birthday party at TopGolf. I didn't send out the invites so I didn't know who was coming, but when I got there I was greeted by familiar faces. Everyone there had at some point attended a MsIndependent event, become friends with someone else in the group, and now we are all together enjoying an afternoon on golf. It wasn't until I was able to attend a party as a guest, and not my typical role of host, that I was able to see how many people have been brought together by our events. I remember meeting Raya, the birthday girl at a fashion event with a disappointing turn out, but little did I know I had just met my best friend that night. I met Rubi, who sent out the guest list, at our first cuisine crawl years ago, and now she helps with planning our events.
When I started MsIndependent almost 6 years ago, I was a shut in, afraid of the big bad world, few friends, and didn't have Netflix, so I was Redboxing it with my dog most nights. It wasn't until I started hosting gatherings and events that I started to meet best friends, mentors, respected entrepreneurs, and women that have fundamentally changed my life. At one point every one of us, decided to take a leap and just show up to an event after moving to a new city, getting divorced, or just bored with life as we knew it. It occurred to me that day at TopGolf that a group of women who were once strangers were now all smiles, playing golf (kinda sorta) sipping on cocktails, and surrounded by close friends and acquaintances. This is why I love doing what I do. I can say without a doubt, the people that have had the most impact on my life are the people I met when I went somewhere new and tried something new.
Unfortunately I couldn't stay long, my mother's retirement party was on the same day, but it warmed by heart to see these ladies enjoying life, and knowing that I had something to do with it. It's not a brag or a pat on the back, but a reminder that we all matter in some way, and should continually put ourselves out there to get something, or to give something. Maybe today you meet someone that will be a business partner, or just a great friend, but the next time you meet someone, you could be an answer to a prayer. I like to think that I create experiences via events to bring women together to enjoy life, and part of that is connecting with other women. No one will ever be strong enough to do anything alone, we all need each other. I'm grateful to the brave women that take a chance to attend our events, not knowing what to expect, and yet being open to whatever comes. Without that, scenes like this would not be possible. Moral of the story: Get out there, RSVP, take a chance, and show up. You never know what opportunities are waiting for you, or who.