When I was living in Midtown East, trying to survive the long hours and sleepless nights, I yearned for a creative outlet that would inspire me. I came across this women’s community space called,The Wing. After doing research I knew I wanted to join this awesome club. It felt like a space where I could meet other women who wanted to be a part of this gem to grow together. Yet, I was hesitant to sign up because of the monthly dues. I was already paying so much to live in the city, I was knee deep in bills.
That’s when I came up with an idea to start a meet up for millennial women to come together and socialize. There would be no fees and it would be held at different locations throughout the city. I thought what a great idea, but I was missing so many of the components that go into creating an event. Let me just remind you, I am in no way, shape, or form an event planner. I was doing this on my own. Long story short I made my first post about this event on Craigslist – which is not the best place to gather anyone to meet in person. I learned the hard way because no one showed up. But that didn’t stop me when I moved back to my home state of Massachusetts and I tried it again.
The first meet up was not a meet up, at all. No one, besides my sister, who was there because she wanted to support me. She than gave me the brilliant idea to post about this meet up on Meetup.com. I rightfully listened to my sister and I brought the event to Meetup.com, and from there thats when I got a slew of RSVPS and people that were interested in meeting each other. My second event would become my first official meet up because it was organized and thought out properly.
The meet up was held at Tatte Bakery and Cafe in Cambridge. There were four courageous women and my lovely sister who came to the meet up. For the next two hours we ate, drank coffee, and chatted like we had already known each other. It was what I wanted to happen – millennial women to meet, gather, and socialize. Everyone who came was open to meeting one another. They brought great advice and stories that were cool.
When the meet up was over and done, I left feeling grateful. I was happy and proud that I had put this together because I did not give up on myself. If you ever have a “silly” idea don’t keep it to yourself because it can blossom to something bigger when you collaborate with others. Before I sign off, I want to thank my big sister Samantha for believing in me and this idea. Below are the incredible women who showed up to the meet up.