Third Time's A Charm: DocSwiner's New Year New You Brunch Recap
Written By: Kimberly M. Knight
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Happy Friday Luvs!
It's 2018! I still can't believe its actually 2018. This is a time of year to reflect and to create a plan of action. This is when you hear about New Year's Resolutions, new businesses, vision board parties, or empowering networking events. On January 6th, I had the opportunity to attend Dr. C. Nicole Swiner's "New Year New You" Brunch! This year they celebrated 3 years of success and I met so many amazing women entrepreneurs. Including hosts the vibrant millennials of The Girlfriends Pod, a safe space and social space for southern Black women. DJ Big Fella made his event debut and the music set a chill, neo-soul type of vibe. I met wine expert Adrian Lindsay who provided wine samples of delicious white and red wines. The audience was able to have an intimate Q&A session during the sampling and we learned about Oak City Wine Syndicate wine club. The delicious brunch edibles were provided by Full Street Wings Cafe! My personal favorite was the fruit platter. Plus, I love seeing my favorite mobile bar service, Toast it Up, LLC, because they make the best mimosas. We engaged in entertaining "Elevator Pitch" segments to hear about other women business owners in the room and guests received tons of great giveaways. This is included DocSwiner's Superwoman Survival Kit which featured local businesses and points on self-care.
The event featured Keynote Speaker and Fox 35 Journalist Kimberly Wiggins who gave an inspiring speech about perseverance through life's challenges. She became a widow at 35 years old after losing her husband of 12 years to a fatal car accident. She's taken that tragic experience and created Still His, a faith-based, retail grief organization to assist other widows. It was an enlightening experience for me to hear her story and to see how much passion she shared. It was almost like looking in a mirror because for the past 5 years I've been speaking publicly about my widow's story. It was just the right dash of inspiration we all needed to see that no matter the circumstance there are options to move in positive light because we all need time to heal.
There were amazing vendors, guests, and the best part was networking with other fellow entrepreneurs. So what's next for DocSwiner? I had a chance to chat with the good doctor on her business moves for 2018.
How does it feel to have your 3rd year of New Year New You?
I'm on a high today. This was a different format. It was smaller, more intimate so I was able to enjoy myself a little bit more. When you have so many speakers and vendors you have to be everywhere. So this time I was able to enjoy more.
What was your favorite highlight of the event?
The elevator pitch contest for sure and I've been thinking about it for awhile now. When it's on a larger scale it's harder to do. So I'm glad we had a smaller crowd this time so everyone could feel involved.
What's next for DocSwiner?
I want to broaden the idea of not being a superwoman and self-care naturally. I'm starting the self-care subscription box, Superwoman Survival Kit, and for those interested in becoming self-published I have an online course.
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