May 7, 2010

Moms Night Out – The Year of Awesome Gets Started

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Tonight I spent several hours with fabulous local Phoenix moms at the National Moms Night Out.  Kelly from Everyday Childhood was the fashionable and gracious hostess.  She arranged for the always elegant Capital Grille in North Scottsdale to welcome 30+ beautiful women.  The food was delicious and there was so much – bruschetta, fried spicy calamari, crab and lobster cakes, their new super yummy sliders, tenderloin bites and ahi on cucumber.  We did not want for anything!  There was a fabulous chardonnay and cabernet for all of us to enjoy as well.  Linda, the Sales and Marketing Manager, took such good care of us that she not only brought in the chef to meet us but she went out of her way to make sure those with food allergies were well attended to all evening long.

Kelly the fabulous host!

 

Spending a few hours away for ‘Me’ time is not something I do very often.  I’m a homeschooling mom and I volunteer way more than I really should.  Did you see the mug my BFF ZoniDuck got for me?  But when I found out Kelly was doing Moms Night Out so soon after my declaration of The Year of Awesome I knew I had to go.  And, because I’m married to the phenomenal CycleGuy who understands my need to bond with other women he was the first to encourage me to go.  And so I did!

I met women whom I’d probably never meet in my usual routine. And I got to see a few familiar faces as well.  Everyone I met was there because they, too, recognize that we, as moms, need our own time to.  Not just to do things by ourselves but also to meet other savvy women who will be our cheerleaders and form the larger support network to help us maintain our personal identity and not get lost in being ‘mom’.

I met the lovely Kate from Songs Kate Sang.  She is a budding photographer whose images are those you’d expect from someone with years of experience.  She makes handmade cards in her Etsy shop and she blogs about her life.

Then there was Kendra from Good Life Diva.  Her gift for encouraging women was not lost on me.  And don’t let that word Diva influence you.  Kendra is far from that stereotypical diva we often envision when hearing that word.

Kendra’s friend Ericka was there too, wearing some pretty fabulous shoes! Ericka is a financial coach and owner of Tailor Made Budgets. For all those of you also saving for your Someday who might need some help you should head over to her site and check her out.

I met Bronson who is a gorgeous mompreneur who sells jewelry. There was Cassandra who is a die hard Coyotes fan, who loves life, golf and family (though not necessarily in that order).  She blogs at Byrds For a Cure to share her experience as a mom with twins diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. I also met Melissa, who has been friends with Kelly for many years.  Melissa doesn’t blog or spend time on twitter, even though she would be terrific at both!

My ‘celebrity moment’ came in meeting THE Dr. Lynne Kenney!  In this, my self proclaimed Year of Awesome I’m blessed with meeting a woman who does work with families that I find both fascinating and exceptionally important. In addition, Lynne believed, long before it became popular, that women and moms in particular were essential to corporate brand-building.  If only Lynne and CycleGuy had met 10 years ago, corporate america would not just now be finding out about the power of the mom and other influential women. Oh, and before I forget — THE Dr. Lynne Kenney thought that what I had to say was important and so she video taped me!  Like I was the celebrity.  Wow! Me?

 

Celebrity spotting at MNO - Dr. Lynne Kenney

And, I can’t forget to give a big round of applause to Jess from Shuggilippo for keeping our live stream for MomTv going.  She didn’t get a chance to mingle, but I think she might have been having fun anyway with all the lovlies online.

I went to this knowing there would be two people there I had met before.  My friend Melissa from Saving Cents with Sense was able to take time from the family to enjoy some ‘ME’ time with the rest of us fabulous moms.  She is a great woman whose blog will help you save money on just about anything you do in your life.

My friend Valerie came to enjoy the Moms Night Out festivities too.  She is an author who blogs at The Writing Life about being an author and the process of becoming published.  She also has a food blog at Gluten Free in AZ where she shares recipes and other topics about gluten-free and vegetarian good eats! While this may sound stalkerish, I love Valerie. She is an inspiration to me in so many ways!

I know I’m leaving people out, and I’m so sorry.  I tried to remember everyone but if I’ve not mentioned you just send me an email or leave me a comment.

So, for nearly four hours I talked and laughed and shared life with women who not only get what I do with this whole blogging thing but also with women who understand the importance of being a strong woman not bound solely by the role of mom.  I found time to be ME again! And it felt so good, I’m definitely going to do this again.

Again, a huge thank you to Kelly at Everyday Childhood for her work with Moms Night Out and in connecting women through Mom It Forward.

Sara

{ 4 comments }

Melissa @SavingCentswithSense.net May 7, 2010 at 7:30 am

What a wonderful post- you are a great writer and really summed up this amazing event. And yes, the Year of Awesome has DEFINITELY begun!

Kelly@Childhood May 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I can’t say thank you enough for this lovely post. It makes me feel all emotional to know that you all had such a wonderful time. That’s what it’s all about! I can’t wait to plan the next event for our AZ moms.

xo

Sara May 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Kelly,

Fun is not even enough to explain what a great time we all had. Thank you for organizing it and I look forward to more opportunities to get to know you.

Sara

Valerie D May 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Gee thanks, I love you back (is that stalkerish?) I had a great time meeting everyone and hanging out with you. I’m inspired by you and your Year of Awesome so we’re even! Thanks for the great roundup of the event also, I couldn’t have said it better!

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