This weekend I’ll be running my fourth half marathon. Yay! When I first started training for this race, I was hoping for a PR, which would put me under two hours, but I’m not feeling quite as confident it’ll happen this time around. The past month has been insanely busy, my husband was away 10 days (making it tough to get out in the morning to run), I was away another four, and so some of my training was put to the side. I feel confident I’ll finish the race comfortably, but my under two hour dream may have to wait until 2017 (sad face). Anyway, it’s my first time taking part in the big island race, Run Barbados, so I’m really excited to finally be able to participate in this event!
Happy day-after Thanksgiving! I hope your day was filled with feasting, family, friends, and fun! Even though my Thanksgiving seems like a distant memory (it was over a month ago!), I settled in for my tradition of watching the Macy’s parade, the dog show, and some football. After a whirlwind trip to LA, followed by an indulgent birthday party to celebrate my big 4-0, it was nice to have a day to relax and enjoy the start of my favorite time of year.
I’m so excited for our Friendsgiving next week. We’ve been hosting this event in Barbados for five years, and while we were in Cayman hosted it there for two years. Sadly, we usually can’t make it home for Thanksgiving with family, so the Mr. and I created a little family abroad. We let Gwyneth stay home from school, make these cinnamon rolls, watch the parade and football, and then our friends join us for a fabulous feast. It’s fantastic!
Two years after graduating from college, I moved up to NYC. It wasn’t a scary move for me; I’m pretty independent, I’d already spent 4 years away from home at college, my brother lived in the city, and I was moving with a close friend. But then two months later my friend moved away, and although my brother and I met up often, I still found myself a little lonely.
And then randomly I bumped into one of my sorority sisters at an event my company was hosting, and she told me she was part of a book club and asked me if wanted to join. You’d be amazed at how small NYC really is (I used to bump into people all the time)! Anyway, of course, I joined.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scare heard amid the guns below.
~ John McCrae
I am officially in the last week of my 30s. I turn 40 next week, and I have some mixed feelings about it. A decade ago I absolutely panicked at the thought of turning 30. I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things over the past 10 years, and while I’m not exactly welcoming the milestone with open arms, I’m less frantic than I was back then. After all, every birthday is a gift, but in the real world, some are harder than others.
I can honestly say that I changed the most in my 30s. I think moving to a new country, and all of the experiences that came with it, fundamentally changed my life. I knew I didn’t have everything figured out, but I thought I was pretty darn close. I was wrong. I knew nothing. I likely still don’t know much, but I know more than I did!
Does it drive you crazy to always here people say, “I can’t believe it’s [insert month] already”? But here I go…it’s November! And I have one more for you…I can’t believe the sweet little girl in this picture is 7 years old!
Being an entrepreneur is hard work, being a woman entrepreneur is really hard work, and being a woman entrepreneur in the golf industry is damn-near impossible. So whenever Ree and I meet other women in the golf world with businesses who share our enthusiasm for golf and women, and merging the two together, we do whatever we can to help and support their efforts.
Women In Business
Did you know that female entrepreneurs start companies with 50% less capital than male entrepreneurs [source]? Yet, women entrepreneurs are more adept than their male counterparts at seeing gaps in the market and seizing the opportunity [source]. “WBEs [women business enterprises] are agile, innovative problem-solvers, meeting corporations’ needs quickly, adapting to marketplace changes and providing deep value and cost-effectiveness,” said Pamela Prince Eason, president and CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
So as female entrepreneurs, who know just how hard it is to start a business, we think it’s important to support other women.
And we found a great company that we want to help out. We have a photo shoot coming up in early 2017, and be sure to check out the shoes on the model. Very chic! So let me introduce you to…