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Why I Blog

The other day someone asked why I write on here if I get less than 5,000 views a month. After I was taken aback by someone asking me that and assuming information about my analytics (they werenโ€™t wrong hahah), I told them I donโ€™t do this for any reason other than I love writing and flexing creative muscles. I find joy in sitting here and sharing what I find interesting or fun in hopes that some of you find those same things interesting or fun.

I took this at  Create and Cultivateโ€™s  NYC Conference in 2017 and it still rings true.

I took this at Create and Cultivateโ€™s NYC Conference in 2017 and it still rings true.

I would like to think I will have built a community here one day. A place for women to feel safe and heard and are treated kindly. I have big plans and goals that I want to accomplish but all things take time. I am still trying to build trust and a genuine readership that knows they can count on me for honesty and friendship. I also want people to come here and feel inspired to chase their own dreams. I truly believe in collaboration over competition.

So no, this wonโ€™t be my longest post but I feel that it is a necessary one. Hopefully, one day, I wonโ€™t have to explain myself to others but for now, it was apparently something people wondered. Letโ€™s try to be less judgmental in 2019 and let people chase their dreams, accomplish their goals, and do what they love without asking why.

End of Summer Celebration

Over the last two or three years I have built friendships with a dozen or so woman online. Whether it was on Instagram or some other app, we have become friends and eventually taken the friendship from online to IRL. While connecting with all of these different women from different walks of life I noticed that there was a need for a community in Rhode Island to bring all of us together. I wanted all of these women to be able to meet each other and continue to foster and cultivate relationships.

I reached out to different brands and organizations in hopes that they would bring their events to our tiny state like they do to so many other cities around the country. I was rejected time and time again with responses always leading towards Boston this and Boston that. While Boston is the closest city, it is still an hour away for most of Rhode Island. We needed events closer and that is something that people that arenโ€™t from around here donโ€™t realize. Instead of getting frustrated and blaming those who truly donโ€™t realize that there is the need for this type of community, I went out and decided to create my own.

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While right now we are calling it Dรฎner en Dehors (translating to outside dinner party), it will most likely have a new name soon. In the meantime, you can still follow us on Instagram at @dinerendehors.

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