Amazing Women. Amazing Friends.
“I’m glad I came. I almost didn’t, but I’m glad I did,” said Ashley.
If you didn’t meet Ashley, you really missed out. She is brand new to this area and has stories beyond stories to tell about her worldly adventures she has experienced with her family traveling around with the United States Navy. She started off traveling to different places with her family growing up, and then she married a seaman and even ended up living in Japan for a while. She brings a unique perspective to how people should be treated and how we should treat each other by living in Japan and experiencing their culture.
Ashley is just ONE of the amazing women that we got to meet Friday night at the first Chicks With Chai event. We had a lot of people asking why we decided to have this event and HOW we decided to do so. Ashley is the reason. Ashley showed up alone to the event, hoping to meet friends and she walked away with the phone numbers of two beautiful, smart women who spoke about very personal, emotional topics Friday night. That is exactly why we had this event.
Not all of us have moved to a new place and not known a soul. Not all of us have experienced the loneliness that comes with moving to a new place and not knowing where to begin to make new connections and possibly new friends. It is hard as adults to do so, especially if you don’t have children in common, or you don’t have college in common. And let’s be real. Rejection sucks.
Been there. Been rejected to my face. It happened. I remember it like it was yesterday. What was so wrong with me saying “I think you’re cool, want to hang out?” What is so wrong with complimenting a fellow female and asking to grab a cup of coffee? Absolutely nothing! And we shouldn’t be led to feel that there is. I know, I know. That rejection tells more about the other person than it says about me… but it still hurt. Like hell. And we simply wanted a place and a time where people could feel that rejection wasn’t an option. That a connection was going to happen and your experiences and lives are important and interesting. Because they are!
We cannot stop talking about Friday night. We had friends come, we had acquaintances come, and we had complete strangers come! It was amazing. (Except all the food and drink that was left over. Y’all need to drink more.) We loved seeing new friendships being made and loved seeing groups of friends open their arms to perfect strangers. We hope everyone else felt the good energy in the room and left with a smile. We sure did.
We plan on having more events that encourage these wonderful friendships. We hope you will continue to participate and share among your friends. We want the friendships to continue beyond the walls of the party, but online, through text and in person. Please reach out if you want to grab some coffee. Reach out if you need a recommendation on a plumber. Whatever the need may be. We are so glad to have met you all! Don’t be strangers!