Women the world over talk and that includes us on HoneyGood.com and Honey Good’s Facebook. Our exchange of conversation is intoxicating; stimulating, powerful, stirring, rousing, funny and invigorating. We are the best of the best when it comes to communication because we love to impart, exchange and share information on all levels. We chatter and chit-chat, have serious heart-to-hearts, and yes, sometimes gossip. We connect with one another over the Internet through the art of conversation. And that brings me to my idea of starting an online conversation, HONEY’S SISTERHOOD, where we, like-minded women, can engage in more in-depth conversation.
Part 1: A sisterhood in my home
Two years ago, by chance, I met a ‘young’ advertising executive. He asked me to invite a group of women, over 50, to my home in Rancho Mirage, California.
“Would you mind having a focus group? My goal is to listen and learn, for advertising purposes, the psyche of the woman over 50,” he said.
Darlings, I had never run a focus group but thought to myself, “If I don’t try I will never know the outcome.”
Obviously, darlings, I had no idea what to expect from the seven women who were to be part of the group. I was pleasantly overjoyed. OMG not only did they engage in conversation, they could not stop talking. They communicated inner thoughts and feelings. They showed their vulnerabilities. It was dramatic. I sat listening to them draw power from one another.
These women were married, widowed, divorced, mothers, grandmothers, some had careers, they were educated, traveled, empty nesters, sports-minded and were facing the same passage of life, they were all over 50, which has its highs and joys but also its problems and issues. I knew they enjoyed the forum because they left my home with smiles and were still yackety- yacking. It was all good.
Darlings, I never leap before I think. In the weeks that followed I thought a lot about the group. I could hear their voices; the constant flow of meaningful conversation. My heart and my mind told me to pick up the phone and ask the women if they would be interested in forming a permanent group…to continue the conversation. One day I knew I lived into my answer, “This will work. I am going to form my own group of like-minded women.” And, darlings, I did just that. I created a sisterhood for women over 50.
I made calls, adding some more names to the list. Not one woman turned me down. Darlings, this season will begin our third year. We meet at my Rancho Mirage home in California, the first Monday of the month beginning in December. Our last meeting is in May. We are a group of ten women from different cities across America; we are called snowbirds. We have one rule: Nothing spoken among the group leaves the four walls of my home. We discuss everything, darlings, no-holds-barred.
We are a working and viable Sisterhood. I am making plans to send out reminders for our first meeting and seriously thinking of starting, group number two.
Part 2: An online sisterhood
I am going to form an online Honey’s Sisterhood. On my site through the Internet hundreds of us dialogue with one another. Over the past few years I have answered all of your comments on honeygood.com. On Honey Good’s Facebook I have replied to every one of your comments. I do not know 99% of you and 99% have never met me, yet we have formed a bond. I recognize your names and I look at your pictures. My favorite part of work is sitting up in bed late at night replying to your comments. And, the comments are growing and so is our bond.
What excites me is that we are a group of like-minded sisters communicating with one another over the Internet from places all over the world; from New York to LA, from Illinois to Georgia and Tennessee, from the Northwest region to the Southern state of Texas. Honey Good has reached across oceans with readers in India, England, France, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Italy and more. I am awe when I read a comment from a darling living in South Africa; we have found one another and bonded over the Internet. I am smiling.
I will be your conduit—the connector—to facilitate online conversations so we can have a more in-depth sisterhood for women over 50. We will have conversations touching on many topics, have interviews,etc..
Beauty and Fashion in every area
The second home
Furnishing the second home
5 The mother-in-law
How to handle family problems with adult children
How to pack; where to travel
How to live a more fulfilling life; outside the box.
How to live your life as a relevant and visible woman.
Widowhood and divorce.
How to handle finances
Dealing with illness and a good lifestyle.
Restaurants, movies, books
ETC. ETC. ETC. DARLINGS!
Part 3: Creating our Sisterhood
The first step in creating Honey’s Sisterhood is: I want to know if you’re interested! Some of you may have already noticed on our redesigned site that there is a Sisterhood page. It was born out of a survey of your personal thoughts. You told us that you would be interested in a conversation beyond what was already happening on HoneyGood.com and we are now ready to start the process of setting this up.
If this sounds interesting and exciting and worthwhile, I would love for you to click here and check out the Sisterhood page and register for more information as it becomes available. I can’t wait to take this next step …starting our conversation.