I first met Rene back in the fall of 2011 at the first SheStreams Conference in NYC. Remember when my best friend Melanie was hit by a car? Well, she was still recovering and unable to attend with me. She had previously met and hung out with Rene at another conference - Mom 2.0. I think. I don't know, it was one of those conferences that I always miss because it takes place during softball season and I can't be in two places at once.
Will someone invent a cloning machine, please?
SO, Melanie insisted that I introduce myself and tell Rene that she said hello. When Melanie insists, people tend to listen, lol.
Not gonna lie, I was a bit intimidated. She was one of the key note speakers fortheloveofGod and had a group of fans following her every move. I felt kinda like a stalker... but I told my fear to shut up and introduced myself.
Beyond grateful I did. We hit it off and ended up hanging out a lot that weekend. Kindred spirits, I'd say. We've been fortunate to hang out at a few more occasions since and I am honored to include her in my circle of girlfriends. The real ones. The ones you can't bullshit and pretend everything is grand-fabulous when it's not because they see right through you. The ones you celebrate each accomplishment they achieve because now the world will see how fabulous you already know they are. Ones who dive past surface to soul in 2.2 seconds.
If you haven't met her, let me tell you, Rene has an incredible energy about her. Glows from the inside out. She is the hardest working and most driven woman I have ever personally known. And she knows how to kick back and have fun, too.
That is why I don't even have to see her new show to tell you that you're going to love it. And her.
Sweet Retreats premieres this Sunday, January 20, 2012 on The Live Well Network.
Check it out.
Oh, and speaking of sweet retreats... Rene is turning 50 this year right around when I turn 40... which was inspiration for me to (finally!!) host a girls' weekend in Aruba. Melanie and my Sister Soup co-host, Des are coming as well. Looking forward to a FUN weekend with these ladies. Sweet!