Toast2U, the event that happens the first Friday of each month at the SheHive, pre-dates the SheHive by about a year. My friend, former United Way colleague and current SheHive KeyHolder, Brandi, started it as way to help women reflect on their victories every month. It’s a surprisingly simple concept and it’s so important. We rarely take time to celebrate all we’ve accomplished - usually focusing instead of what we have not yet done.
I went to my first Toast2U a few weeks before we opened the doors to the SheHive last year. I was scared, stressed and overwhelmed. I walked into Toast2U focused on my to-do list of 100+ items and most definitely not in a mood to celebrate, but something told me I had to be there.
“What are you celebrating this month?” Brandi asked me. “What have you accomplished?”
“Nothing,” was the first thing that popped into my head. “Except, you know… making the SheHive a legal entity, finishing the business plan, renting a space, forming a partnership, planning the first 100 days of programming, launching a website and three social media platforms, turning a beige box of a space into something magical and, oh I don’t know - getting traction on a long-time dream.”
Okay, maybe there was a little something to celebrate.
Toast2U now happens fairly exclusively at the SheHive and is happening again tonight. The group that attends is relatively small - every month we add a person or two and a person or two drops off - but it’s consistent that someone always shows up, so we keep going. I dream of a day when the room is packed with women raising their champagne glasses and yelling, “You go, girl!” (our standard toast) to celebrate all the kick-ass victories us SheHivers, collectively, bring to the table.
We’ll get there eventually. But, we’re not there yet so, today... we toast virtually!
What I’m celebrating this month.
Make sure to raise your glass - or coffee cup or water bottle - after you read each and shout out a hearty, "You go, girl!" (even if silently).
What are you celebrating this month? Share your victories with us on comments below or drop me an email. Better yet, come out and celebrate with us tonight and tell us in person!
You go, girl!
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD