A single moment can spark a revolution, collective actions can transform laws, creative expression can change attitudes and an invention can alter the course of history. It’s these threads that weave together to propel a movement — even in the face of obstacles. TOGETHER is how we do it.
"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities."
What is diversity? Sometimes it’s what you see such as gender, skin color and physical abilities. But it can also be what you don’t see like religion, ethnicity, personality, beliefs and values. A person’s value is not related to their race, possessions, personal choices, financial standings or opinions. You are valuable because you are you.
And what really makes a ‘community’ is the fact that it values the dissimilarities in people. The idea of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each person is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. Our differences define us, allow us to make unique contributions to our group...to our society.
Now is the time to embrace this diversity. The message to spread love and understanding are more important than ever in our day and time. The history of intolerance is a long and brutal one where people who don’t fit a criteria and set of expectations are not treated the same.
We don’t need everyone to be the exact same carbon copy of one another. We should instead embrace and celebrate how special and different we already are. I look forward to the future of this group of women. I look forward to our future events. I look forward to us listening anf learning from one another. I look forward to seeing you.
big hugs to you all,
Have you been to one of the monthly Girls Night Out Socials? No? Are you looking for a reason to attend? Well here are five ways that having a Girl's Night is good for you.!
1. You get to take off your "mom hat’ for the night
Being a mom is an amazing job to have. It’s also the hardest job you’ll ever enjoy! And thought we typically eat, sleep and breathe motherhood responsibitilites, it is so nice to step out of that role for just a few hours. Get pretty, have adult conversations, have some conktails, make new friends and just enjoy being a woman...not the mom.
2. You smile a lot on a Girl's Night Out!
If you watch a table full of ladies at a bar or restaurant you will notice tons of launghing and smiling. It is guaranteed that if you go out with just the girls, the laughs starts flowing. All of these giggle produce endorphins, relaxes your nervous system and makes you feel more positive about yourself and the world. And you will go home smiling.
3. You process and purge all of your woes.
Women like to talk through our worries, so if we haven't had a chance to chat it out in a while, then it builds up and turns into stress. We’re not necessarily looking for a solution--just the act of sharing makes us feel better.. A great Girls Night Out allows you and your girlfriends get to whine, complain, and share about everything and anything. You get to go home with a clear head, ready to relax.
4. You feel prettier after a Girl's Night Out.
Women notice things that the men in our life don’t. And on top of that, they actually comment on those things. Did you switch shampoos and your hair is fuller...someone will notice. Did the lash growth serum start to work...someone will notice. Is that dress perfectly fitting, you will get that great comment. Rockin a new nail polish, someone will ask you where you got it. You will leave a Girl's Night Out feeling like the rock start supermodel that you are!
5. You come home energized
Though you might leave with a a cocktail buzz, the great buzz will the be the energy that you gain from a night out with some positive women. Reminds me of school days with chaotic slumber parties full of gossip, laughs and nonstop high energy. I went home exhausted but exhilarated and couldn't wait for the next one. Similar thing happens with a Girls Night Out. You will feel recharged and reconnected with your feminine energy and power.
SWFL Girl's Night Out Socials
These are all photos from the SWFL Girl's Night Out "Red Hot Party" at Vergina. AS yo can see all the women had a blast. The monthly networking socials are always fun. I would love for you to check out the upcoming,ing Girl's Night Out schedule and make plans to join us!
For an updated list, checkout our facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/swflhousewives/events
It’s that time of year again. A time where we all reflect on what we did and didn’t do last year and what we want to do this year. While planning your resolutions for the year, make sure to include a list for just the parent-side of things. Here are my “mom goals” for 2019. I hope to create a year full of meaningful moments, relaxing nights and authentic family time. I hope you will join me in creating a road map of balance and happiness for our families!
Save on the little things so you can do the big things. Removing some small frequent purchases like coffee and slushies will add up; then use that money to make a big family purchase that everyone will enjoy for a long time.
Go on a tech diet. Smartphone and tablet use has gotten out of control and not just for the kids.Gradually reducing the time everyone spends on a device will not only help everyone’s eyes, it allows more time for creative play and is sure to bring us closer!
Be in the picture...literally. Most parents have tons of photos of their kids having fun, but mom and dad are often missing from those frozen memories. Make a point to get in those pictures (even if it means you become a selfie taking mom) so that when your kids look back at them in the future, they will remember that you were there!
Reinstate the family dinner. Get in the habit of eating together as a family with nothing allowed at the table but food and conversation.
Be positive. Positivity is contagious, so be sure to be a shining example. Remove all negative words, like I feel fat. Show your kids how to find positive solutions to even the most negative situation. And always remember them of the things we always have to be happy for.
Boost your kids self esteem. Between a critical, media focused society, absent parents and bullies at school, many kids seem to have such low self-esteem. While it is impossible to control what happens at school or what they see and read in the media, we have control over the most important place of influence: their home! Create an atmosphere of safety, praise, support, affection and happiness.
In 2019, my overall goal of these Parenting Resolutions is to make my children feel important and loved - this will create the Happiest of New Years!
**as seen in print version in. my monthly Lee County Family News Column
HI, I AM MANDY!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in and around the Southwest Florida area plus host monthly "Girl's Night Out" events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you! I also do the same thing for the Fort Lauderdale Community!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Columnist for Lee Family News , Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.