Owning a venue brings me closer to a lot of inspirational women in our community. Each month, I highlight at least one of them. Monica Mangiacapra and Jessica Cernat are two of those special girls moving and shaking our community with their happy, helpful and ambitious souls. These two came to me in October of 2018 with an idea for a wholesome girl’s group called Society Gals.
Monica wanted a monthly gathering during which women could refuel their minds, reset their focus, promote local business and give back to the community. She wrote in her about section on Facebook, “Society Gals’ mission is to build a community of local women who promote our community and love out loud. We are women seeking solidarity, joy, and reassurance in life’s journey. We are all different – career focused, stay-at-home moms, single, divorced, widowed, dog moms, entrepreneurs, etc. Our differences make us better and that allows us help each other conquer life.”
Jessica Cernat, owns a booming wedding and portrait photography business called Jessica Cernat Photography and is the official photog of The Society Gals. When I first met her she asked if there was anyway she could help. Her offer to help was not just lip service, and I was shocked when Jessica came out a few days later and spent the entire day with me to wash, iron, install and hang curtains. For all you enneagram fanatics, I’m guessing she is a 2. It was as if we had been friends forever. Jessica is an old soul with a huge heart and an amazing God-given talent for photography. Please check her out!
Society Gals have hosted a gift wrapping exchange, a watercolor workshop and floral design class. Join them for their next event! All photographs were taken at Brookielynn’s Bungalow by Jessica Cernat Photography.
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7 years ago today I laid down my 11 year teaching career to chase a dream.
“If you want to be successful you have to jump, there’s no way around it. If you’re safe, you’ll never soar.” Steve Harvey
If I'm honest, two years in a row of maternity leave left my paycheck so small that it made it easy to jump and to believe I could replace my salary pretty quickly doing just about anything.
I also believed that I'd be able to save so much money staying home and doing all the domestic things like packing lunch, staying organized, ironing and cooking that quitting would almost be a raise.
What I didn't know is how many hours entrepreneurs work and how hard it is to be your own boss while balancing family and home life.
Telling you how I feel about Brookielynn's Bungalow is like trying to explain how great it is to have a baby to a confirmed bachelor.
All they've heard are the horror stories, and until they have their own and feel the love, they'll never understand.
Starting with handing in my resignation on this day in 2013, not that day or one day since has been even CLOSE to easy, but everyday has been rewarding beyond anything I could adequately put into words.
I'm proud of myself. I'm proud of all my small business friends, too--especially right now.
I'm gonna be one of the businesses that makes it come hell or high water. I'm no stranger to digging deep and rising to the occasion and this is just another opportunity to work well under pressure. I've got a Bible and my brain and that's all anyone needs to persevere.
To all the small businesses out there who have made it this far. Hang in there guys!!! I know how you are feeling and I know what you are fighting for.