February 21, 2020

Hello beautiful people! It’s a wonderful day – the sun is shining, there is snow on the ground and I have so much to be thankful for, including this amazing group of women! What I value most about PWN are the members and the friendships I’ve gained since joining this network – we are an organization of amazing talent and I encourage you to reach out to one another, make new connections and learn how you may be able to serve one another! This is the Peninsula Women’s “Network” and as business owners it is important to do just that – network!

The definition of networking is actually very simple: interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

PWN makes it easy to network – you can log into the Mighty Networks app and connect with others, join a Power Group, attend socials, attend a virtual networking or strategic mastermind session or create your own community. Even though PWN makes it easy for us – you have to put yourself out there and take advantage of the opportunities offered!

When you connect with one another you’d quickly discover all the talent we have right here in our network. Kathy Walker is one of our members that jumped on the opportunity to be a guest blogger and by doing so she is able to share her marketing expertise with all of you! Thank you Kathy for your time and commitment to PWN.

Again ladies, I encourage you to tap into the knowledge and resources within PWN! Our members have so much to offer!!

February 3, 2020

Happy New Year! What a wonderful time of year it is! I hope you enjoyed the holidays!!

The start of a new year is always so exciting but it was a complete blur – how is it already February of 2020? It truly is amazing how quickly time passes. I urge you to stay in the present moment, not focusing on the past or the future; just the here and now before that moment is gone because once it’s over, you can never get it back!!

So, how do we stay in the present moment when we are pulled in so many different directions? The POSITIVITYBLOG offers 5 tips to help you stay in the present.


My mind wanders easily so I know I need to train myself to control my mind and come back to the task at hand. It’s not easy but it’s worth the effort so I don’t miss a moment in time with those I love and care about!!

Speaking of love…as you know it’s February and that means hearts, chocolates, roses and other signs of affection will be all around us! How do you like to show your affection to the people that you love? A few years ago, I wrote a note every morning to my son on a cut out heart about why I thought he was amazing and I stuck it on his bedroom door. By the end of February, there were 28 hearts taped to his door and 28 reasons why I loved him! It was a simple act of love that reminded my how awesome my son is and it put a smile on his face to know how much he is loved!! What act of love can you do to those around you? It doesn’t have to be much; any act of kindness makes such a difference in the lives of those we touch each and every day!! Spread some love today and every day – not only on Valentine’s Day!!

One simple way to show that you care for your fellow PWN members is by giving a shout out on our Mighty Networks portal. This morning, I logged into the app and was touched by a post Barbara H. Smith made in regards to our recent meet up. What a beautiful way to start my morning and put a smile on my face! Which members have made an impact on you recently? Why not let that member and others in our organization know how awesome our members are…and as Barbara suggested in her shout out, connect with each other and develop some new relationships with fellow members! The connections and friendships I’ve made over the past year from within our organization is what I love the most about the Peninsula Women’s Network.

Signing off in love, Nicole

But don’t go just quite yet…I have some thing exciting to share:

I recently announced that I was looking for members that would like to be guest bloggers for our newsletter and Barbara H. Smith graciously accepted the challenge. I’m so glad she did…thank you Barbara for stepping out of your comfort zone!

Please enjoy what I hope it the first of many articles written by our members!!

Barbara H. Smith, take it away…

Cafeteria Comrades – Divas in Training – by Barbara H. Smith

Recently, I spent time visiting my granddaughter at a local elementary school.  The seats in the cafeteria are made for little people so they were lower than I like but, I sat patiently waiting for her 5th grade class to enter the cafeteria.  I was looking down at my phone and did not see her class arrive but noticed a student approaching to sit at the table where I was seated.  She sat down directly across from me and politely said, “hello”, and I greeted her with a smile and returned the salutation.  Soon another little lady joined the same table, and another.  Curious, the first young lady said, “are you a teacher?” To which, I said, “I am, but I teach college students”.  We sat quietly for a moment. Apparently, still curious, and the suspense was too much, she asked, “who’s mama are you?”  I was happy and relieved; the question wasn’t who’s grandma are you? I softly and with an inward grin said, “I don’t have any children that go to this school but I’m here to eat lunch with my granddaughter.”  A surprised look came over her and I was even more delighted, not knowing if the shock on her face was because I was a grandmother or because someone came to each lunch with a 5th grader.  Either way, I was thrilled.  At that moment another young lady came to the table but sat down right beside me.  She had a quizzical look on her face.  Suddenly, it occurred to me, I could be seated in one of these ladies’ seats.  So, I asked the young diva sitting next to me if the seat I was seated in belonged to someone and she calmly but emphatically replied, “yes…mine”, and continued eating her lunch.  I sheepishly said, “oh”. She didn’t seem bothered at all that I was sitting there so I stayed.  At same time, Nina, seated across from me, informed the young lady seated next to me that I was there to see my granddaughter and asked her to please let my granddaughter take the seat she currently occupied, next to me.  Immediately, without hesitation or attitude the young diva next to me gathered her belongings and moved to another seat to let my granddaughter sit down beside me.  Momentarily, my granddaughter approached, and I greeted her with, “hello beautiful” and gave her a kiss.  I discovered that there were seven ladies that normally sit at this table. One was missing and that would have left one seat empty had I not been there.  They looked on, as I chatted with my sweet grand baby for a few moments.  I stopped talking and I sat in observance, as they talked and laughed about the tests they’d taken, the news that their teacher, Mr. V. going on vacation, and how their class would probably be split up.  I interjected, “why would your classroom be split, won’t you have a substitute teacher”, to which they said in unison, “oh, they don’t usually show up”! A gasp escaped my lips with nothing more to be said.  The ladies continued laughing and talking with each other and it became obvious these ladies were friends.  My granddaughter turned to me at that moment and confirmed, “grandma, everyone at this table is my friend.” 

It was nearing the end of the lunch period and as they each stood, again almost in unison, to remove their trash and return to class, I addressed them all.  “Ladies”, I said, “thank you for allowing me to sit with you, I appreciated how kind you are to each other and I will see you soon”.  Again, together, they said, “thank you”.  I sat there in awe for a moment, thinking about what I had just witnessed, I recognized that this was a sisterhood, not unlike our PWN sisterhood.  These young divas were from different backgrounds but shared a common bond.  Not unlike, the sisterhood we share.  We are from all different backgrounds, yet we share ideas, laughter, and confide in each other, just like these cafeteria comrades.  We too, probably started young, forming friendships, and creating confidants.  

It reminded me how grateful, happy, and proud I am to call you my sisters and to be part of this growing and powerful group!

November 27, 2019

Hello! Peninsula Women’s Network!

Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. My hope for you is that your day is filled with love, family, friends, joy, peace, and delicious food that nourishes your body!

For me, Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time for giving thanks and the signifies the kick off to the holiday season. Although, I have to confess, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for several weeks now! Typically, I wait until after Thanksgiving but I realized that what I love about this time of year is the “spirit” of the season and listening to Christmas carols puts me in the holiday spirit! Plus, Christmas music makes me happy and gives me all the feels!! And why wouldn’t I want to do something that makes me happy because let’s be honest, there is plenty of sadness and negativity in our lives. So, given a choice – I choose happiness!!

Did you know that being happy has health benefits? It’s true! You can find lots of great information regarding the benefits of being happy on the internet, in articles and even books written on the topic of happiness. Check out the article below:


What to know a secret? Truthfully, it’s probably not much of a secret anymore but if you are anything like me, you may need a reminder from time to time! Here goes…

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.” – Amy Collette

So, I ask you…what are you grateful for? Take some time to reflect and journal all that you have to be grateful for today and every day! Did you know that scientists have proven that one of the greatest contributing factors of happiness is how much gratitude you show! And as you know, what “we focus on expands, so when we focus on the goodness in our lives, the more of it you create!” – Oprah Winfrey.

I’ve attached a cute clip that reminds us of all that we have to be grateful for…enjoy! https://youtu.be/YTnopeZnLEI

in love, Nicole

October 30, 2019

Hello Peninsula Women’s Network!!

Happy fall y’all!

The temperatures have finally dropped and there is a slight chill in the air!! I guess it’s time for me to accept that summer has officially drifted away and embrace the new season upon us! A few mums and gourds from a local market later and I’m ready!! Are you a pumpkin spice and sweater weather person or do you prefer the carefree days and late nights of summer? I personally love, love, love summer but appreciate many aspects of the other three seasons!!

PWNs 40th Celebration

Who was at the 40th Celebration? Oh my goodness – PWN knows how to throw a party! From the beautiful ladies (I’m talking about you Erica Rice & Tracey Ferguson) greeting guests at check-in to the red carpet, every detail was perfect!! Christine Dutcher’s event planning skills are top notch!! Several members came together to execute Christine’s vision and it did not disappoint!! The venue was absolutely stunning – I loved watching the sun set on the river as I sipped my tea from Discover Teas. Thanks Emily Kamp & Mai-Anh Tran!! There are so many more businesses, people and details that made this celebration amazing that I could go on and on about but just know it was truly spectacular!!

I had the pleasure of visiting with friends, connecting with members in person that I had only previously “met” on Mighty Networks & the Virtual Networking Event and even making new connections with two ladies that I believe will be joining our organization in the near future! How awesome is it that the Celebration was in line with our mission statement to connect, support, and empower women on their professional journey. Kudos to everyone that contributed to the success of this event!

Please share your favorite moments and photos from the Celebration under the Cheers to 40 Years! thread on Mighty Networks!!

xo, Nicole

September 20, 2019

Hello! Peninsula Women’s Network!!

Nicole Powell here…your current Communications VP. Summer is coming to an end and I’m trying to get into a “new” normal as I try to navigate my kids’ schedules, my husband’s schedule, my business, setting time aside for my self care and of course, the fun PWN events, my power group meetings, board meetings and time with friends & family. It has taken a few weeks, but slowly, I think I am finding my way into a routine!

What about you? Does your schedule change during the summer months?

Once my kids are grown and living on their own, will the summer feel just like any other day of the week? Another month? Another season? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences our membership in terms of work – life balance; does it exist? Is it a myth?

Have you achieved balance in both your home life and work life? If so, please post your tips and tricks in the new members platform Mighty Networks under the topic Professional Tips and Tools.

Speaking of our NEW MEMBERSHIP SITE, don’t you just love how easy it is to navigate? I am glad I’m able to access it on both my cell phone and my laptop, I love that it creates a sense of community, that I’m able to correspond with members in specific groups, in personalized chats and how cool is it that I can invite other women to join directly from the platform. There is so much going on in the new members only platform, be sure to log in and check it out. If you haven’t yet received an invitation, don’t worry, yours is coming soon!! Once you are able to log in, be sure to connect with me! I love making new friends and learning more about our members!! Which is why I’ve already registered for the 40th Anniversary Celebration – I love to party and what’s better than a celebration of women that support and empower each other? If you haven’t registered yet…please do so because I want to meet and connect with as many of our members as I can!!

40th Anniversary Celebration

October 28, 2019

Register via http://bit.ly/pwn40party

I can’t wait to connect with YOU!!

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