As the new year approaches and everyone is reflecting back on 2015, one word resounds in my head. COMMUNITY. Eight short months after starting TheVillage253, what I’ve heard over and over is, “I needed this.”
Many of us have found ourselves in new cities, with new jobs, new babies, new schools and new neighborhoods and have found safety in our family nucleus. But at some point or another the ache for deep, intimate friendship stirs us.
There are a ton of books and blogs about dating relationships, but I have yet to read anything that helps adult women navigate the intimidating waters of friendship. Let’s face it, women can be scary. So the thought of creating an online space to initiate real life friendship was difficult for me to create….was I the only one feeling this way and would anyone else actually be interested?
After four sold out events, weekly meetups, over 900 local instagram followers (and growing), and personally finding a tribe of women I do life with, I can confidently say “Yes!” I’m overjoyed at seeing friendships blossom, families served, local entrepreneurial ventures succeed, and a community of mama’s who are truly supporting and encouraging one another.
TheVillage253 celebrated the year with a fantastic party held at the beautiful Good Karma For Joy Center in downtown Tacoma. It could not have come together without the tremendous help of donors and mamas who volunteered their gifts and talents. It truly took a village to make this party happen and I’m sincerely grateful to each and every person who helped as well as came out for the event.
I know 2016 will bring greater, deeper and more fulfilling friendships. I’m looking forward to dreaming, planning and creating more fantastic events with you all!
A heartfelt thanks to the people and businesses that made this happen!
@kathyprice333 — Venue
@wfmchambersbay — Food
@sweetthingsbyeh — Cupcakes
@mochiesnyder — Photography
@holly_brianne — Set Up/Logistics
@paperluxeshop — Printing
@tiffanybluhm — Speaker/Decor
@madipoppins — Craft Station
@jlynnsaulter — Craft Station
@gretchenamac — Craft Station
@loftuslane — Banners
@sumerslovin — Logistics