This was an accident. Truly. The path to this little space for other mamas started when I was pregnant with Isla in October 2013. My best friend from college, Michelle, asked me what I thought about starting a cooking club. I had actually been thinking about something similar at the time but didn't have the focus to get it going. One email later inviting some lady friends to start this nebulous social group called "cooking club" and we were official. We started with eight but quickly settled into six. Six women who represent a lot of diversity in styles, preferences, personalities, life experience and passions.
Sydney was a brand new mom at our first cooking club but I was soon to follow. And then the mothers in our group snowballed. Holly and I had met and bonded previous to cooking club through a mutual friend as we were both trying to get pregnant and stay pregnant! She was the only one who didn't have an initial connection to Michelle. Turns out Sydney and I actually both went to Furman together (I was there for a few years) although we were not familiar with each other. I met Kaylen and Christi for the first time.
So it began, this humble group of funny and kind women (most of whom had some talent in the kitchen, yours truly not included). A few years down the road, we found ourselves at my cabin in North Carolina on our first retreat. We were desperate for a break. Two of us brought breast pumps. Sexy, I know.
Swell Mamas came about after the most expensive bottle of wine I have ever bought got consumed and then we started in on the cache that most likely came from Sydney. The house was literally bumping. We went from teary eyed stories, bonding over bad boyfriends to just dancing in complete lack of rhythm and singing very loudly. It was the best of times. Somehow we joked about a blog. Supporting other moms. Writing about life. Being real. And our hopes to inspire and befriend other moms who need the very type of girlfriendship we were experiencing at that moment. (Note: Holly had to return home that night and got volunteered into this project by force of our wills)
I promised the girls if they would blog for my company I would buy them food. Free food is what sealed the deal. And wine. Maybe I promised them a trip to the spa too? We don't remember a ton of the details, but the Swell Mamas initiative was born.
Our goal + mission? To share our hearts, to invite others into this beautiful bond we have nurtured and cultivated these past few years, and to just sprinkle joy and understanding into the lives of other mothers who need what we have needed from each other all this time: genuine, selfless friendship.
We are not a clique. We are not a tribe. We are just six women who have a heart for loving others and inviting them into our everyday world.
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