“You know, it might be good for you to get out for a drink with some of the girls one night” said my dear friend Hope almost 2 years ago, after I was reeling from my separation….she’s one of those beautiful people in life that everyone should be lucky enough to have in their corner. She was right, and we made it happen. We sent out some messages, met at Wabi Sabi on a Wednesday night at 6:30 and so began “Ladies Night”. In 2 years it’s become so so much bigger as the lives of a dozen+ women evolve and we celebrate, sympathize, support and sometimes simply drink too much wine together.
Eventually, during the warmer months, our Wednesday night gatherings moved to my porch and then when it’s too chilly, to my kitchen. At one point I was worried that it took away from time with my boys but even they know how important it is. They love having people in our home and I think that can loosely translate as they love seeing their Momma happy. This past Wednesday was Ladies Night: Christmas Edition.
Ladies night has gone FAR beyond just getting me out of the house. Shoot…we all have our burdens to bear and triumphs to celebrate! What has transpired is a beautiful support network of women in all stages of life, in all chapters of their careers and different statuses of relationships. No one is exempt from challenges in life and our group is no exception. Everyone gets their moment to be supported and in return to be a support whether it be battling cancer, giving birth to twins, career challenges, promotions, lifestyle changes, trying to make a decision, relationship issues or simply venting about our general frustrations or celebrating our victories, however small. Not everyone comes every week, but if they do, they simply know to show up with a dish and a bottle to share. Great things happen when ladies gather together with food and wine.
As we approach this Holiday Season, we have all the more to be thankful for. We are not alone or lonely because we have each other. These women carried me through a crazy time and to be allowed to even attempt to reciprocate is a priceless gift in itself. Lucky me. Cheers to this tribe of phenomenal women!