Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Bees Knees: A Night of Fun, Flappers, and Feather Boas!

I have something exciting to share! Allied Women Entrepreneurs, the non-profit I mentioned earlier this year, is having its first annual fundraiser to support the Allied in Success: Business Improvement Scholarship Program. Check it out!

When: October 22, 2015, 7pm to 10pm

Where: The Armstrong Hotel
What: AWE's Annual Fundraiser to Support Business Improvement Scholarships
Encouraged: Dress in your best 1920s apparel!

The night will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, music and a special live performance. There will be a silent auction packed with amazing items donated from local businesses in the Northern Colorado area. The live auction is sure to be exciting.

Music by DJ Mandi Lix
- DJ Mandi Lix has been DJing for 16 years. She's been entertaining Colorado since 2003. She has a positive energy that is contagious!

Special performance by The Blend Chorus
- The Blend Chorus is a non-profit organization, membership based group of female singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize, and have fun. The Women's Barbershop Chorus will be singing from 8:30-9:00pm. You don't wanna miss this!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Abigail's Birth - A Peaceful Labor and Delivery

The Monday before Abby made her grand entrance earth side, I had my last midwife appointment. It was at 4pm and I was dilated about 2 cm and about 90% effaced. I was 39 weeks and 1 day along and we decided to strip my membranes. This pregnancy was more difficult on my body and I was ready! My body was too apparently. I left the office close to 5 pm and had 2 contractions on the drive to get my daughter, Imogene, from daycare. It was a 10 minute drive.

By the time we got home, I’d had a couple more contractions. They kept coming regularly about every 5 for a few hours. Shane got home from work around 7:30 and by that time I was confident we’d be having our little Abigail that night or the next day, so his sister came and got Immie for her 2 day slumber party. She was excited about that. I called our doula, Althea, around 9:30 and she headed over to our house. By the time she got there, I was ready to go to the hospital. I have to say…even though I was in quite a bit of pain, I was not having panic attacks. This was quite a difference from my labor with Imogene, during which I had several panic attacks. I just wasn’t scared this time…of having a baby, or of the pain. I credit this difference with a few things: being a 2nd time mom, having an awesome doula, and hypnobirthing. I already knew I could birth a baby, and I was able to work through each contraction with the techniques I learned in hypnobirthing. Having Althea there by our side was calming to both me and Shane.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Allied Women Entrepreneurs Launch Party

In my last post I talked about the big changes in my life. Well, just 2 days after that post I brought my beautiful Abigail into the world! She's wonderful and exhausting and wonderful, and I'll share more on my newest little girl later. Now I want to share Allied Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). We've worked really hard to get this little 501(c)3 non-profit going and we're ready to launch!

Myself and 4 other bright, dedicated, enthusiastic women have spent countless hours, days and nights deliberating about what we wanted in a non-profit business related organization. Although we all have very different areas of business, we all have one thing in common. We are women!
We believe all women entrepreneurs deserve affordable access to education and support as they aspire to personal and professional success." - Allied Women Entrepreneurs
The business world is framed within a male dominated culture, and women have had to break many barriers to become successful. When women come together and form a community....the setting is set for learning from, engaging with, and uplifting one another. We've come together, and we are creating that community!

AWE's Mission:
AWE’s mission is to empower women to reach their professional goals as entrepreneurs through education, networking, mentoring, and business development.
To celebrate our achievement and introduce AWE to the Northern Colorado community, we will be hosting a party at the Fort Collins Brewery on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Thanks to our many sponsors, and especially our Title Sponsor, the Women's Clinic of Northern Colorado for their support of AWE's mission. Of course, without the insight, collaboration and zealous attitude of my fellow board members, none of this would be possible.

AWE Founding Members
From left to right: Amber Hinds, Carolyn Spranger, Dani Stringer, Darcy Peters, Melinda Walker
We are all very excited about this journey we've begun. I invite you to check out the organization and learn what we're all about. AWE's vision is impressive, and it's going to be amazing in action!