Hi ya’ll! 👋🏾 We’re getting ready for our next #GatherTheVillage Dinner, "Kindred Healing", and I kid you not, I am giddy with excitement.
I set out years ago to make my Village, to find mamas to raise my babies along side of, to find comfort, and healing, and acceptance. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I realize that I actually found it.
Did you know the first dinner I ever held was in the middle of a park? *swipe the image to see!* We borrowed some of my mothers (Extremely heavy!) vintage furniture and her china. I cooked, and made my first flower arrangements, it took days of preparation. I was full of nerves...you see, I had invited women I’d admired over the years on this tiny thing called @instagram, women I didn’t know... and then we sat, and all those nerves melted away. We ate, we laughed, we exchanged birth stories, we cried, and laughed some more. I’ll never forget that night.
This table means more to me than I ever thought it would, I’ve heard women open up about things that they couldn’t tell their closest friends, or better yet, things they haven’t even uttered aloud (myself included), I’ve held women as they wept, I’ve laughed so hard wine has come out of my nose, and I’ve seen real true honest-to-goodness friendships start, it’s spectacular really. My favorite part is at the end, when all these women, who were strangers not hours before sit back and relax; they’ve been seen, heard, and are worry free.
Looking back, I realize the magic that was at that first table is the same magic that’s here today— and no matter if it’s 5 people or 45 people, that indescribable feeling is there.
Magical tidbit: The dinner coming up is hosted by @sheena101, and besides the fact that she’s the sweetest friend a girl could ask for, and a bad a** Mama to boot, she was at my first dinner and countless dinners after. YUP! She even hopped on a plane ✈️ to help us with that life changing dinner in Dallas. 💫
& We’re bringing a bit of Dallas back for you, aka @maytethewombdoula, because that’s what girlfriends do. This dinners going to be gooooood! I truly hope to see you there. You can reserve your seat via the link in our bio.