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President's Message

President Julia Tan

AWA President’s Message

November 2023

The Holiday season has begun! Christmas trees and decorations have been appearing since late October and with the arrival of November, my inbox is filled with party invitations and the latest gifts for “everyone on your list.” In the midst of the hustle and bustle, this time of year often becomes overwhelming. We find ourselves juggling numerous commitments, endless to-do lists, and the pressure to create picture-perfect moments. However, amidst the chaos, I urge each of us to remember the true essence of the holidays.

The community at AWA is a haven of support, strength, and camaraderie. It's a place where we come together to celebrate our shared values, nurture friendships, and empower one another. It’s a place where we can lean on others when we need a little support. Our Listen Ladies, headed by Andrea Brankin, is a great place to express frustrations or just talk if you need to. Creative Hands will show solidarity as you seek to complete (or start!) your DIY gifts. We can all lean on each other’s gifts and talents as we head into the season.

Our Holiday Lunch is once again helmed by Aarti Sonawala. She’s arranged for our most popular vendors, along with some new favorites to help you find unique gifts. The Holiday Lunch is also a time when we take a moment to appreciate the bonds we've forged, the laughter we've shared, and the triumphs we've achieved together. Amid the rush, let us not forget the simple yet profound joy found in togetherness.

In this spirit, I propose that we embark on a journey of spreading kindness and support within our community. Whether it's reaching out to someone who might need a helping hand, sharing moments of laughter and joy, or simply expressing gratitude, our collective actions can brighten the lives of those around us.

Let's organize events where we can bring joy to others, perhaps by volunteering at Food from the Heart, arranging community gatherings, or sharing our talents and skills with those who would benefit from them. Let's be the beacon of light and hope during this holiday season. Your contributions, no matter how small, make a difference. By choosing to spread joy and gratitude, we can create a ripple effect that extends far beyond our immediate circle, inspiring others to do the same.

May this holiday season be a reminder of the beauty of our community, and the joy found in shared experiences. Let's cherish the moments we have together, for it's in these moments that we find the true spirit of the holidays.

Wishing you all joy, laughter, and hearts willed with gratitude this holiday season!

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