When I was little my family were actively connected to community, even though the connections changed roughly every two years. I’m an Army brat, which means I grew up the daughter of a soldier regularly moving from army base to army base. Moving was tough for me because kids at school can be cruel and teachers have their favourites and let’s be honest kids who come and go within two years just aren’t worth the hassle. I wasn’t worth the hassle.
For my parents it was different, without family around they got busy getting involved in the community. They were connected to their Army community attending Friday night drinks at the mess hall, weekly evening tennis matches, macrame classes, camping trips and weekend barbeques.
Those early years taught me how to cope later in life when I found myself without family, living in another state, raising two boys and trying so bloody hard to stay sane. Sure I had the huz and he is amazing but I also needed to feel connected to others, to community.
Over the years my version of community has changed, sometimes it was a new neighbour, sporting clubs, school Mums, volunteer roles and even work mates. Community is about connecting with others, it’s about having attitudes and interests in common and finding joy sharing with others.
The times are a changin’
Community is changing though, where once we lived nearby and often saw each other ‘face to face’ technology now brings communities together. Like right here on Styling Community. Now you all know I love my community here, adore you and am proud of this community who connect online.
Seeing women from all across the country (globe even) striking up friendships makes my heart sing. Even better is when they are supporting and cheering for each other, witnessing women who empathize and feel deeply to their core for their online friends…well that’s something special.
It’s special because we can all find there are times when we can be alone and feel lonely, this can chip away at our confidence and before we know it we just don’t feel like we have anything to offer. But truth is we all have something to offer, we are worth the hassle but you just gotta find your tribe and connect. Love the shit outa them, learn, teach, belly laugh, shed a tear, disagree and cheer.
So how can we find the community that suits?
Connecting doesn’t have to be hard, you can dip your toe in or go the all the way, just be safe Ok? While we need to let down some defenses to allow others to really get to know us we also need to smart and not let others take advantage, so take it slow in the beginning. Wondering where you can connect and feel a part of a community? Here’s a few ideas…
IT’S TIME TO BRING THE STYLING CURVY COMMUNITY TOGETHER
Something I have been wanting to do for aaages is more Styling Curvy Community catch-ups, bringing you together to meet and connect in real life. I have enjoyed workshops and Styling Curvy On Tour so much because I get to meet you all, I get to see the faces on my screen come to life and I love seeing you connect with each other. So, over the next twelve months I will be bringing you exciting events for us to connect. Let’s not wait, let’s get started now!
Ladies who do tea at Madame Hanoi.
First up I have an exciting tea party, I know, clutch your pearls ladies because we get to frock up AND eat! Don’t worry ladies I plan to look after you 🙂 I am thrilled to announce I have five tickets to giveaway for you to join me for a planned Hendrick’s High Tea at Madame Hanoi, located at the Adelaide Casino.
This is an elegant afternoon of enjoying some of the best gin tea Adelaide has to offer along with some of the tasty French Vietnamese signature dishes at Madame Hanoi restaurant.
This will be a grown up ladies afternoon filled with laughter, conversation, food and drink along with some extra special surprises and of course connection.
There will be French macaroons, yummy confit duck and tasty ginger encrusted grilled Tasmanian salmon and did I mention the gin tea??
How to get a seat at the table at Madame Hanoi
Ladies you will experience the full silver service, because you are worth it, and because that’s just how Madame Hanoi rolls. The afternoon will be 2-5pm on Sunday 17th December at Madame Hanoi and includes the complimentary high tea experience plus some special gifts.
Who wants in? All you need to do to enter is tell me who you would most like to share a cuppa with? Leave your comment below or on the Facebook post and the lucky duck winners will be announced Sunday 10th December. All winners need to be available to attend Madame Hanoi, Adelaide Casino North Terrace, Adelaide S.A. on Sunday December 17th.
Entrants must be Australian residents and aged over eighteen years. Attendees must agree to having photos shared on Facebook, Instagram and the blog. All attendees must agree to have a bloody good time with lots of laughter and no thinking about kids/work/xmas shopping 🙂 EDIT-GIVEAWAY CLOSED
I can’t wait to meet you and sip tea with my pinky finger held high…like a lady! For those in this community who won’t be able to attend don’t worry, there will be a live video from the event plus you can follow along on Instagram stories. Don’t forget, I am planning more events so stay tuned.
Would you want to attend one of my Community Connect Events?
Til next time,
This is a sponsored post, experience giveaway brought to you by Adelaide Casino and Madame Hanoi.