March is ‘Women’s History Month’ – spread the word!

Did you know that March is ‘Women’s History Month’?  I kind of vaguely knew this, but, as a woman, I should know this and celebrate it, right?  Well, I was fortunate enough that the folks over at Ray Price Honda out of East Stroudsburg, PA reminded me.  They had also reached out to me during Black History Month to honor famous African Americans but I simply couldn’t get my act together to share with my readers.  I apologize for that; while others were out spreading the word, I was spreading myself too thin.

That being said, here is a great poster they asked me to share of just a few famous women that have contributed to the world with their humor, wisdom or tenacity.  My favorite quote is from Barbara Corcoran of ‘Shark Tank’ fame.  She claims, “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.”  I love this quote!  My daughter often tells me I don’t deal with loss or disappointment and to a degree, that is true.  I spend a few minutes reflecting on a difficult time and I move right on, without skipping a beat.  I am not giving out any therapy advice here but that is how I keep going and it works for me.  I like Barbara Corcoran’s style and all the women featured here and the thousands more who impact others lives positively.

Some great quotes right here....what is your favorite?

Some great quotes right here….what is your favorite?

And I have to give a shout out to Ray Price Honda and their team that supports PR programs that share insight while still out there hustling to sell cars!  It cannot be an easy day at the office, although it looks like they have some nice vehicles in stock.  If they were closer, I would stop by…..they may just give me a loaner vehicle to drive around for a week or so and blog about!  That would be cool, too!  Please take a moment to stop and reflect on a woman who has changed your life for the better!  I would love to hear some comments of who you came up with!

Painting with a what? A twist!

painting with a twist

So there is a new hot spot in Braintree, MA where you can enjoy a night with friends exploring your inner Van Gogh.  Who, you ask? You may need to get out more often! He was the artist who allegedly cut off his own ear.  Fun fact:  new evidence has surfaced that his friend Gauguin may have been responsible for his injury.  That’s not a very starry, starry night for either of them.  However, the night I painted was indeed a good one for me.  So are you looking for something fun and different to do with your friends?  It’s called Painting with a Twist.  This is the place.  I was fortunate enough to be invited for a free session on a night when the event was a fundraiser for childhood cancer, which was really something.  It was a sold out event and twice a month Painting with a Twist hosts a fundraising event and gives 50% of the proceeds to charity.  Yes, you read that right – 50 % which is a large amount.  Most places give 10 or 15% but I was told by the owner Matt Varcher that since he and his wife Candice opened their doors 7 months ago, they have given somewhere between $8,000-9,000 to charities through this program.  That is really cool.  They are cool, hip and happy owners who make the experience enjoyable for all.

I thought the twist was that they donated to charity but the twist is you can bring your own beverages and food and make a painting party for you and your friends.  You can book a private event or you can join others.  Although I didn’t know anyone there, my seat mates and I had a good time.  I found myself totally engrossed in the painting experience.  I don’t think I have painted since elementary school and that certainly wasn’t on canvas.  And believe me, I looked at the painting we were supposed to do (pictured above) a few days before the event and I thought, “There’s no way I can do that, especially the rope“.  Somehow we all managed.  In fact, there were a great number of compliments flying around the room and I don’t think it was the wine talking.  As far as I know, no one drank their dirty paint water which Matt cautions everyone to be careful not to do, even though it is non-toxic!  The other thing I thought was funny was the email confirmation said they reserved the right to paint a moustache on anyone who came late.  I didn’t see this email until later but I may have gone late to see if they would actually do it.  Hey, why not be moustached, that’s kind of cool, right?  I would have requested a Salvador Dali ‘stache – all thin and curly at the ends!  Evidently, a couple of people have been moustached, according to Matt.  Good sports, right?  Let’s face it, it adds to the fun.

So go check it out right here.   Whether you channel your inner artist or you just have drinks and laughs with friends, it is time well spent.  Even Van Gogh would approve.  It is a starry night.  Here is the calendar of events so you don’t have to work too hard.  And if you don’t live in MA, don’t worry, there are plenty of other locations. Happy painting!  
In case you were wondering, here is my masterpiece!

In case you were wondering, here is my masterpiece!