Today we're up in Ramona, CA where we rented a beautiful house overlooking the mountains for a small women's mastermind. Yesterday the four of us spent the evening cooking and sharing our plans for 2016. We created vision boards, we talked about the experiences and negative thoughts of 2015 we are giving up and what lessons and positive thoughts we're taking into 2016!
This morning I'm up, totally inspired and excited to for what is to come this year. Instead of being nervous about what to do next, I'm at peace and excited. These moments that we create together as women are ones we will cherish forever.
These days it seems like we're all so busy it's nearly impossible to bring our friends together to see each other. Between social events, boyfriends/husbands, or babies the chances we have together gets smaller and smaller. The truth is the moments we have with our friends are unforgettable and important. Our friends are more important than we can imagine.
Sisterhood-type friendships get us through everything. The ups and the downs. They make us remember we're human, that we all struggle with the same things, and are our opportunity to have fun, de-stress, let loose, and be ourselves.
Sadly, as our lives change our sisterhood friendships become regular friendships, our deep connections to one another get lost in the rush! The good news is that you can strengthen your connection without having to get together every week by creating an intimate gathering. So the next time you plan to get together with your girl friends even if it's once a month. Use these tips to create an intimate event that will keep you closer than ever.
1. Location/Environment: This is important. It doesn't matter if you're sitting on the floor of your living room or you've rented a home in the mountains. (We LOVE Airbnb!) This should be a place where you can listen to one another without distraction! That means bars and restaurants aren't ideal and neither are cellphones or televisions or computers! We always love candles, incense, and music too!
2. Theme: You don't have to go all out, but it's always a great way to feel like you're having a special experience. Maybe you have a Spanish theme and everyone brings a tapas style recipe to share and you put on Flamenco guitar music or maybe you have a rejuvenating theme and you turn on spa music and everyone brings their favorite rejuvenating beauty products! You get the picture! Have fun with it!
3. Snacks and Drinks: Ask everyone to bring a snack or a drink that fits your theme and nourishes you! Simple snacks like hummus and veggies or cut up fruit are easy and inexpensive. We personally love tea, but wine isn't bad either! If everyone brings something to share it always works out wonderfully!
4. Plan a few activities: This is key to connecting. When there are more than a few people you can spend the whole night talking to the same person about how they just broke up with their boyfriend. While important, it doesn't give everyone a chance to connect. We love sitting in circles or at the table and allowing time for each person to go around and share.
A great way to start the evening is to start by asking everyone to share what they're grateful for. This automatically boosts the mood in the room. Then allow everyone to go around and share their life updates! Lastly, before you leave set a date for the next time you'll get together and put it in your calendars. Have everyone pick a goal they'd like to accomplish between now and the next gathering and talk about how you can support each other to reach that goal! This will ensure you actually end up stayng in touch between each gathering!
Let us know how your gatherings go! These are one of our favorite things to do! Another reason why we've started to host our monthly Divine Dinner Parties! Next one is Saturday February 20th, 2016 at a stunning location in Little Italy overlooking downtown San Diego! Tickets go on sale on February 5th!
Hannah & Marisa