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Wise Women e-Journal Hosts First 'Strong for the Holidays' Event

The event will benefit Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, and will feature speakers, auctions and vendors.

Wise women know that it takes both mental and physical exertion to prepare for the holiday season. 

And for them, there will be no better place to rejuvenate and reinvigorate than at the first Wise Women e-Journal’s “Strong for the Holidays” event, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, at the Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South. 

“This event’s purpose is to energize, inspire and connect women and to offer tips and ideas that may help make their holiday preparations a little bit easier,” said Kim Epp Frenette, event coordinator and founder of the Wise Women e-Journal, located at www.wisewomenlife.com. “But even beyond that, we are helping women who are really in need of assistance through the Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA.”

The event will feature speakers Darieth Chisolm of Fullbody Fitness Club, who will tell women how they can “Be inspired. Be strong. Be you.” 

Kathy Gillen, owner of Wellness Roadtrip, will present “The Secret to Ultimate Energy,” and Susan Wagner of Voila Interior Style, will make holiday decorating a whole lot easier with “Holiday Repurposing with Style: Making Your Home Uniquely Yours.” In addition, several vendors will be on hand offering great buys on holiday items, and a gift basket auction will take place, as well.

“What woman doesn’t need a bit of recharging at this time of the year, and especially with the holidays right around the corner?” Frenette, of Upper St. Clair, said. “We invite all women to come and enjoy some complimentary food and drink, and to mix and mingle with other Wise Women readers and women who have been featured in the e-journal. And though there will be some unique shopping opportunities and great speakers, I think women just get really energized by hanging out with other interesting, dynamic and fun women who are similar to themselves.”   

By way of background, Frenette started the Wise Women e-Journal in 2011 with the purpose of energizing, inspiring and connecting  the dynamic women of the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. 

Since then, she has featured more than 100 women on the site, including those connected to various foundations, organizations and charities—as well as local artists and, in general, women who have interesting stories of how they pursued their dreams, overcame challenges and made their lives more meaningful.

“So many women in this area of town are doing very cool things, have done very cool things, or are dreaming of doing very cool things, and we thought it was time to celebrate it,” Frenette explained. “The ‘wise’ thing is somewhat tongue and cheek. No one is completely wise, but every woman has some wisdom—however obscure—to share.”

She said the Wise Women e-Journal makes a difference in the lives of women by primarily focusing on positivity. 

Frenette even takes a positive spin on gossip and refers to a woman’s wisdom as “possip,” or positive gossip.  

“As women, you know we learn by sharing the little and big things we dish about in our own experiences and those of others,” she said. “It is, after all, in those conversations—during workouts, over coffee, at the office, in the grocery store,  or wherever—that you just might hear something that gets your own energy flowing. Think of us as that virtual ‘wherever’ space.”

For more information about the “Strong for the Holidays" event, to purchase a ticket at a cost of $10, or just to learn more about what women in the South Hills are doing to promote positivity in their lives, visit http://www.wisewomenlife.com.

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