HEY! WE’RE MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE! WE’RE COMING OUT OF BETA WITH SO MANY NEW FEATURES

Hey! We have the best.news.ever for all of our amazing vinas around the world (yes, that’s you!). After announcing our Hey! VINA vision to create a women-only “Tinder for (girl) friends” in January 2016, and getting an INSANE amount of worldwide enthusiasm for it, we raised funding from some top VCs, and got to work building out the future of women supporting women through technology. A lot has changed around the world since that crazy first week we were trending on the App Store, were covered in hundreds of TV, print, and digital media outlets, and got our first 100,000 sign ups for the app. A year later, we saw the rise of the Women’s March movement, #metoo, #TimesUp, and the naming of loneliness as the #1 health epidemic making our work more important than ever. As a team, this inspired us to grow even more dedicated to building the worlds best way for women to come together, build meaningful connections, and meet up to spend time with each other offline.

So, today we could not be more excited to announce that we’re officially out of beta, with the release of Plans, our new way to meet through group events and a tool for meeting up with friends new and old offline, the addition of 15 new communities, our first (and most demanded!) premium membership feature, VINA VIP, to preview your Hey!s and instant match, 3 more quizzes, and adding the ability to signup with your Instagram account!

Read on to learn more about all this awesomeness…

MAKE PLANS

A little while back, I was on a vina date, and she asked me, “are you going to the vina wine party tonight?” I was like, “WHAAAA!! What wine party!!?” My vina date explained to me that she matched with a vina on the app, and she invited her to a wine party at her house that she throws every month to bring together her friends outside Hey! VINA and her matches. So, I totally crashed the party… and it was awesome! We started hearing other stories pour in about fun group outings happening through hard organizing hacks of texting and Facebook and other annoying steps to bring together vinas who found each other through the app and integrating in your existing friends. So that’s when it hit me, we need to build this!

Screen Shot 2018-08-16 at 2.02.35 PMStarting today, you can make plans through the app in our super handy Plans feature—woo! All you do is tap “create new event,” or the calendar icon from from the Plans tab or a message with a vina you want to meet up with, and you can either choose from our suggested activities like happy hour, brunch, manicure, running, and so many more, or customize your own.

Screen Shot 2018-08-16 at 2.04.17 PMFrom there, it’s easy: You set the date, time, location and then invite one vina or a few from your Vinas List (that’s your private list of favorite matches and Facebook friends), or create an open invite. What’s an open invite, you ask? Basically, an open invite is your chance to host anyone in your area (think 🙋yoga in the park, or 🍷Wine Down Wednesdays🍷) that other vinas who live near you can see on the app and attend. It’s also another way to meet some badass vinas in your area without swiping and messaging and coordinating!

Once a plan is set, you can share the event through text, Facebook, email, and more. As vinas RSVP, you can discuss the plan on the plans page. Oh, and you can easily add the event to your calendar as well. If you want to make sure your plan is a success, read this!

You know that our mission at VINA is to help you find and meet and hangout with all the incredible women around you. It’s the way we start living our best life ever—and what better way to do it than to give you the tools you need to make super fun plans for you and your vinas! Want to try it out? Head there and then come back for the rest!

MORE COMMUNITIES

Here’s a heavy admission, I went through a divorce last year. It was rough, and as much as I love my friends, none of them had ever been through anything this before, and I found myself wishing I had friends who could relate to what I was going through. As the Hey! VINA community grows, we need to continue to make easier to find the exact vinas you need at the moment, and to do this we needed to expand the variety of life experiences, hobbies, life stages, and lifestyle communities available.

IMG_7880Get ready for it— after a lot of discussion with our members, we added 15 more communities for you to join and browse new vinas in!

Here’s full rundown: Athletes, Artists & Designers, Cancer Survivors, Cat Owners, Divorcees, Engaged, Fashionistas, Foodies, Gamer Girls, Homebodies, Married, Mary Janes, New Moms, Pregnant, and Vegans & Vegetarians. 

No matter what you’re into it, or what stage of life you’re at, your tribe is waiting for you.

This is just a start, so if you don’t see the community you’re looking for, write us (support@vina.io) and let us know!! You can join as many communities as you want and you can filter your card deck to swipe exclusively in a Community, too.

SEE WHO SWIPED RIGHT ON YOU

IMG_3D25B7AF69F8-1Want to see all the vinas who have viewed your profile or swiped right on you? Or do you want to instant match with a vina you have your eye on? Do you want to get a lifetime membership to ALL of our future VIP features? We thought so!

Memberships renew on a weekly, 3 month, or 6 month basis, or vinas can purchase a unlimited lifetime membership to all VINA VIP features.

Signing up also supports the future of tech for women, by women… so become a VINA VIP! 

VINAZINE BETTER THAN EVER + QUIZZES

If you haven’t noticed already, we’ve been up to some pretty cool stuff around here—from all new content to intimate Q&As to fun vina date ideas. We want to bring you the content that makes you say “YAS!” and then immediately text the article link to your vinas. We’re here to be your friend when life gets tough or when there’s something that definitely needs to be celebrated. We want to empower you with everything you need to go after what you want in life, whether it’s answering your burning career questions, managing a friendship breakup, or finding your calm amongst the chaos of life.

On the app version of VINAZINE, you’ll find our fun personality quizzes. We just added a few more like, “What’s your real age?” and “What hairstyle is so you?”— expect a lot more a lot more often, too!  Don’t forget to share your results!

SIGN UP WITH INSTAGRAM

You asked, we delivered! Since day one we’ve been requiring you signup for Hey! VINA with a Facebook account. It’s how we verified you’re a real person, and also how we vetted you not being a sneaky dude trying to scam us. I’m excited to say, we’re expanding our signup ability with Instagram login! You can now use your Instagram account to signup for VINA. With a waiting list of hundreds of thousands of vinas who want to login without a Facebook, this is a big deal, and will mean a lot more vinas to meet near you!

So if you’ve got Insta and you’re not on VINA yet, what are you waiting for? Create an account and start building your girl gang now!

Phew, well that wraps it all up…for now! Enjoy the new features, let us know what you think by dropping us a line at hey@vina.io and look for more improvements and fun in the near future. Call us butter because we’re on a roll…and we’ve got zero plans to slow down, vinas.

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READING THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE: MY PERSONAL BATTLE AGAINST THE BIGGEST HEALTH EPIDEMIC OF OUR ERA

Basic. Done. Salty. Extra. According to one of those trending lists floating around the internet, those are some of the biggest “buzzwords” of 2018. I’m all for new words to help define our lives, but there’s a word we’ve been hearing a lot more, but we’ve been afraid to really talk about… the L word. Loneliness. 😳 I have to admit, I’ve even avoided the word over the years I’ve been building Hey! VINA, the #1 women’s friendship app. It feels shameful. It feels scary. It makes us think of some freak doesn’t have friends because they’re weird and unlikable, even Cardi B called it out when she reviewed the app. But that thought couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out that most of us are lonely these days.

Loneliness has been named the #1 health crisis in the United States. Just this May, a new nationwide survey of 20,000 adults from health insurer Cigna found that “most Americans are considered lonely.” Fifty-four percent of respondents said they sometimes or always feel that no one knows them very well. And two-fifths reported a lack of meaningful relationships and companionship; saying they are “isolated from others.” Most shocking of all? The survey revealed that Gen Z reports feeling lonelier than all older generations.

Former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, called loneliness the #1 health epidemic, noting that “the reduction in life span [for loneliness] is similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and it’s greater than the impact on life span of obesity.”

With loneliness being linked to a higher risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes (not to mention cancer and depression), public health leaders and other officials around the world have started to take note: In January, Britain appointed its first “minister for loneliness,” Tracey Crouch. Her job is to do exactly what you’d imagine: help confront this problem that Prime Minister Theresa May referred to as “the sad reality of modern life.” While Tracey is optimistic about her task ahead—”I could be the minister for happiness, because that’s exactly what I’m trying to achieve,” she said in a recent interview. You and me both, Tracey, and we definitely have our work cut out for us.

Here’s a major and important fact though. Lonely is not an identity. It’s a feeling of being deprived of a basic human need, connecting with other humans. So, like feeling hungry thirsty, or tired, food, water, sleep, and human connection, are our basic needs as people. When you’re hungry, you eat something, when you’re thirsty, you drink water, when you’re tired, you take a nap, and when you’re lonely, you need to spend time with friends. Needing to meet new people and to connect deeply with them is no more shameful than having an empty fridge.

I’m 32 years old, and I’ve literally spent half of my lifetime thinking about how the internet (a.k.a. modern life) brings us together and isolates us at the same time. It’s alarming, how even though we can have everything we need at our fingertips, from going live on Instagram within seconds to ordering your favorite scented candle for 1-hour delivery, we are still missing something.

What’s missing is making it easy to find those real human connections and meet-up offline something that isn’t quite the same experience as chatting with people online. For me, I’ve met some truly amazing people thanks to online networks, from my first Friendster friend in 2002,  MySpace friends in 2004, Facebook friends in 2005, Twitter friends in 2009, and hey to all my vinas out there that I’ve been since we started our concept in 2016, but the key has always been to take those new connections offline.

There aren’t a lot of apps that help you actually get offline and meet new people. In 2015, I got started building Hey! VINA, the friend-finding app for women that aims and succeeds in doing just that: making our social lives better… in turn making our whole lives better (and longer!).

I spend every single day, all day, working on building a network, a business, even a lifestyle, focused on GENUINELY connecting people and getting us to discover and connect with the community around us—OFFLINE.

For me, it’s a personal matter. My heart literally aches when I hear about another life lost to depression, suicide, and loneliness. When I was 10 years old, I lost my older sister to suicide, and it radically changed my life. I know too well that behind anyone’s profile pic, many are quietly suffering, quietly persevering. Nobody is good all of the time, and we all have our battles.

In an age of overwhelming and incessant bad news, isolation, and loneliness, we need to prioritize connecting, vulnerably, truthfully, and authentically share our real selves. We need to see and accept each other without judgement for just being human.

Maria Dolores Cimini, Ph.D., the director of University at Albany’s Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research, agrees. “To reduce suicide risk, one of the biggest factors that can help is to engage and connect with people and activities,” she tells VINA. “It could be certainly making new friends and connecting with new, interesting friends.”

Through her research, Dr. Cimini sees firsthand the positive effects that strong connections and friendships can have on a person’s personal happiness. “Having relationships by and large is something that’s very helpful,” she explains. “Relationships where people build each other up, support each other, connect with each other, and help build each other’s strengths.”

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Being a human is really hard. The only way we can make it easier is to selflessly help each other. My hope and personal mission is that VINA can provide the tool and the network of awesome people you need to find and build your tribe. To find those meaningful friendships and connections that create real-life laughs (not the emoji face kind, the real laugh-so-hard-can’t-breathe-and-your-eyes-are-watering kind).

That’s why I’m so thrilled to be introducing new features on Hey! VINA today. First, you’ll find a Plans tab in the app, so you can make immediate offline plans with your match, or bring together all your vinas (and maybe mix in your other friends too!) and have something to do this weekend, or after work, or my personal favorite, before work breakfast or workout seshes. Also, we’re launching 15 more communities, where you can find other friends who are “Gamer Girls” or are going through some life struggles like fighting cancer, or like me, a newly divorced vina, who’s looking to meet other vinas who have been through that really difficult journey out of marriage. As a woman, these hobbies, lifestages, and experiences shape us, and our best lives mean we’re all in this together and stronger together—and it’s important we don’t forget that.

I hope when you pull up Hey! VINA, join communities that speak to your soul and start swiping right, you’re swiping right on more than just the hope for a new friendship. Swipe right on living life, swipe right on smiling more, swipe right on feeling heard, swipe right on surviving this adventure we call life. It’s all about growing, trying new things, and putting ourselves out there. Wanting to live better than yesterday. So, let’s swipe right on our futures.

You deserve it. We all do.

MEET THE NEW VINAZINE EDITOR: BRITTANY GALLA

 

Exciting news: Brittany Galla, an amazing media industry leader, is our new Director of Content Strategy at VINA! On her first day, we sat down and chatted over coffee so I can share her journey to us over here at VINA. Our conversation confirmed to both of us how important VINA is to us as women today, especially since Brittany could never forget how lonely she was when she moved to a new state for a new job.

I can’t wait to see what she brings us all with her leadership at VINAZINE. OK … let’s get to it and learn more about the amazing Brittany!

OJ: Hey Brittany! I’m thrilled to have you take the reins of the VINAZINE. I know we originally connected through a mutual friend over at Cosmopolitan, but what attracted you to wanting to join us on the crazy startup journey at VINA?

BG: I’m so happy to be here! Isn’t it true that networking and friends are the number one influencer on our careers?! First, I love VINA’s mission of women’s empowerment, connecting people, and sisterhood. I have three older sisters, so I got lucky with having a built-in tribe, but when I moved to a new state for a job at 22 years old, I didn’t know anyone. I remember the first night in my empty, cold apartment, I ordered Chinese food and my fortune was: The road to success is often a lonely one. I thought to myself, “Does it really need to be that lonely?”

Luckily, I met some new friends at work and at the gym I joined, but looking back, I wish I had VINA then. It could’ve helped me get me through some really really hard times! I know that every woman can benefit from extending her circle.

OJ: I agree! Better and stronger together!! So, tell me, what big goals do you have for VINAZINE?

BG: I want VINAZINE to be the place that our global community of women on the VINA app can go to and feel “home.” I’m excited for it to build a strong voice, bring on really talented strong women writers and contributors, and overall be that uplifting, empowering place we all need. I also want VINAZINE to feel like you’re not just reading, but you’re truly part of a community of friends when you’re there — you have someone listening, you have that extra encouragement you need, and you have that friend on your side.

OJ: How did you get into writing in the first place? Take us through your career journey.

BG: I’ve always loved to write and wrote my first “book” when I was 4th grade (it still sits on my shelf!). In college, I majored in journalism and was obsessed with reporting for my school’s newspaper. I had a few internships at magazines in college, so when I graduated I scored my first job at a teen entertainment magazine. I also worked as an online editor at AOL and Us Weekly before I became editorial director at Bauer Publishing’s teen division, where I oversaw nine magazines. I’ve also written for Fit Pregnancy and Cosmopolitan. I was ready to try something new, so VINAZINE and I found each other at the perfect time!

OJ: Yes, we did! So tell us, what are three random facts about you?

BG: 1. I’m obsessed with gymnastics and L-I-V-E for the Olympics. 2. I’m really good at juggling. I taught myself in elementary school and it just stayed with me! 3. I was born on the cusp of Aquarius, so I consider myself to be a good mix of both Capricorn and Aquarius astrological signs. 

OJ: I love it! How can people contribute to the VINAZINE?

BG: I can’t wait to get working with the VINA Society our volunteer contributor network of more than 600 writers! If you’re interested, apply here.

Over the next few months, I’ll be introducing you to the rest of the VINA team as we grow. If you have a question for me, send it here for our Hey! Olivia June advice column. 🙂 

WHAT DOES VINA MEAN?

We get a lot of questions asking where the company name VINA came from, why we named it that, and why we call our social app Hey! VINA, so here’s the *FULL* history!

Four years ago, I haphazardly co-founded a women’s social club, and off the cuff, we named our first event Ladies Who Vino. Christina (my cofounder of the group) simply threw it on a Facebook event invite, and I loved it. I was like, “Ooh, it sounds like ladies who we know,” which is essentially what it was, but the primary activity was that we were drinking wine, and that name just stuck! On an average month, we bring together ~100 women at a wine bar somewhere in SF, and this became the foundation for the passion and inspiration behind VINA.

Fastforward a bit. Three-ish years later, I start thinking about building a platform to help women find friends anywhere…

When we were brainstorming, the name VINA came up as an iteration on Ladies Who Vino. It was pithy, didn’t have a whole lot of meaning in the US, and it had a lot of great feminine qualities to it – vines/connectedness, Venus, and wine. I liked it. But the really good reasons to name it vina were what I discovered after.

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Vina is a Scottish girls name that means beloved or friend.

Vina also is the Icelandic word that means female friend.

And that’s simply perfection.

We hope vina becomes the word used around the world to represent someone who is in your network of women – she could be a friend, colleague, or mentor.

We hope vina becomes the word used around the world to represent someone who is in your network of women – she could be a friend, colleague, or mentor. It’s a word that more widely covers that special (platonic) bond between women, better and more inclusive than our usual “she’s my girlfriend.” And it allows us to return the word “girlfriend” to its original definition: a regular female companion with whom a person has a romantic or sexual relationship.

We can’t wait to help you meet new vinas, make new memories, and take new adventures with the infinite possibilities that lay ahead of you with on the Hey! VINA app.

3 REASONS YOU SHOULD BEFRIEND YOUR OPPOSITE

tumblr_o3q27qz4k91rxxaego1_1280We have a tendency to surround ourselves with other versions of ourself. It’s natural, and it’s easy. And I mean this in the best of ways–because you’re awesome, so why not? You work in the industry, your friends are in the industry. You’re a night owl, so is your bestie. Keeping a close knit group of people who share the same playing field is a given. But, I’d like to wager another option: seek out someone who is entirely different than you.

The good news is Hey! VINA is here to help make this a reality– a world of new friends awaits at your fingertips. Of course, there are other ways to find new friends by mixing it up a bit: frequent a new part of town, shop somewhere you normally wouldn’t, change your hours, change your route home. Just by adding new elements to the equation you increase your chances of meeting someone outside your regular repertoire. Or make it easy with using the app, your call. 🙂 

There are a million reasons meeting someone that you wouldn’t typically connect with will feel like the best idea you’ve had all week. Here are a few that are top of mind for me…

EXPAND YOUR INTELLECTUAL BORDERS.

We spend so much of our life living inside the creation of our self, something constructed over our years and experiences, a conglomeration of ideologies. But sometimes it takes another person to come along and stretch that comfort zone into new territory. You may discover an entire new point of view you’ve yet to consider… and you may like it!

GET TO KNOW A NEW YOU.

In getting to know this other person, in the process of expanding your borders, you just might come across a whole list of things you never even knew you liked. Maybe you love Ethiopian food, reggae music, and French noir films. Just because you haven’t tried and they haven’t been a part of your life yet, doesn’t mean they can’t be soon.

BE CHALLENGED.

Taking on a  friendship with someone who is your opposite will force you to challenge your own identity while increasing your compassion and understanding of others. It will help you think, conversate, and revalue the things you have so often kept close.

Plus, on top of all this, it’s fun. People are fun. You’re amazing. And you should share that with someone new. And, it’s basically science— everyone knows opposites attract.

HEY! VINA FOR ANDROID IS HERE!

aug2017-7127Everyone! Today is HUGE! Hey! VINA for Android is finally here.

With more than 500,000 women around the world clamoring around the web for our expansion to Android, we couldn’t be more thrilled to make your favorite friendship app available to women all around the world regardless of your device! Hooray!

Two years ago, Hey! VINA was just a dream to help people feel more connected and engaged with the communities of people around them. And, I set of to build this network to help myself, my friends, and all the women in the world to create their dream social life anywhere they are in life. Founded on an ethos of inclusivity, prioritizing community over competition, and knowing that when women come together to support one another, amazing things happen. Speaking of powerful teams of women, shout out to the amazing VINA team who’s been working around the clock (literally) to make this happen. We think you’ll be thrilled to find all the features in the original Hey! VINA app, plus a whole lot more.

You now have an Account Dashboard, where you can see your social stats, create a vina list friend list, take quizzes, and join/edit your Community memberships (like Party Girls, Working Moms, Party Girls, Single Ladies, DIY Enthusiasts, and more!). Plus, we totally revamped Messaging. You can now send group messages! Since the average vina has over 10 matches, we added a way for everyone to communicate more easily! We hope this brings a better sense of community.

aug2017-6342For everyone already using Hey! VINA on iOS, this expansion is also great news for you, too! Our dream is to be able to empower, celebrate, and connect hundreds of millions of vinas all around the world, and with the launch of Hey! VINA for Android we’re so much closer to making that a reality. Now, you can meet SO many more vinas near you, whether they’re on iOS or Android!

So, welcome to the gang, Android vinas! We hope you love it and meet tons of new friends.  We’re ready and excited to hear your feedback!

Download Hey! VINA for Android HERE.

HAPPY NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY!

Hey vinas!

Today is “National Girlfriends Day” over here in the USA, but I want to shout out to ALL of you millions of friends of vina all around the world in celebration of women’s friendship! I believe that not only are we in the midst of an empowerment revolution for women, but we are also in a revolution of friendship and sisterhood. Science and common sense shows us that when we come together, we are better as individuals, and the whole dang world is better.

There’s a special bond between two women friends. One of empathy. One of admiration. And one of forgiveness. Did you ever watch the show “Big Little Lies”? [Spoiler alert] Nothing resonated with me more than a story of women with so many differences bonded by a desire to protect one another.

Here’s the thing, none of us are born knowing how to be an awesome friend. If anything, we’re shown a million ways to defend ourselves at the expense of one another, ways for us to compete, tear each other down, talk shit, and generally be less than awesome…mostly in effort to protect ourselves. You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t care about ending this BS, and if you weren’t dedicated to being an awesome friend to someone.

So, on this Girlfriend’s Day, I give you the VINA Manifesto. The mantras that make up this friendship manifesto are a mix of age old wisdom, knowledge acquired from my years of studying social psychology, and some first-hand learnings in building great friendships. 

Friendships have always been complex to navigate as we change and grow throughout our lives. Use the VINA Manifesto as a guide to create the sisterhood you want and need…wherever you are in your life or in the world. 

xoxo
Olivia June
VINA Founder & CEO

P.S. Did you know that “vina” means girl friend in Icelandic? Read the story behind our name! 

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P.P.S. You can buy a VINA Manifesto poster to hang in your home/locker/office in our VINA Shop! They also make a great gift for those girlfriends you want to appreciate. 

MAMA VINA! ROOFTOP BRUNCH IN LA

There are few things that bring me more genuine joy than brunching with my friends. Except maybe being at brunch and getting pix of vinas who met on Hey! VINA at brunch together! And that’s exactly what happened to me this weekend. Planning group get togethers with your VINA matches is more than super efficient, it’s also a a great way to break the ice, and get even more connected.

Mega-babe Fahreen in LA organized an awesome rooftop brunch this past weekend in Hollywood at Mama Shelter with eleven gals from Hey! VINA – and they all had a BLAST!

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Since starting to organize LA vina group parties, Fahreen’s discovered a great trick: “If you plan a fairly large get together, you can usually find a place that will do a group discount! It will save you all some money and make the girls more inclined to come!” I love a good deal too, Fahreen. 

“The meet up was so successful that I am already planning two more events”

The sunshine showered rooftop brunch was a total idyllic setting for these vinas to meet for their first time. The brunch crew was awesomely diverse in backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles, too! It made for great conversation, and everyone got along so well.

Fahreen tells us, “All but one of us are transplants, and we definitely talked about how we enjoyed VINA much more than Meetup/Bumble BFF.” Nice, we’ll take it! 😉

IMG_1309All in all it was another day in LA paradise, and we’re so stoked to see the LA vinas community is growing and thriving! “The meet up was so successful that I am already planning two more events and almost everyone that showed up will be coming to the next one! We even decided to start a book club and a couple of the girls went on a hike on Memorial Day with their spouses!” said Fahreen.

Sounds like so much fun, we can’t wait to hear about the next event! I think I heard it was going to be yoga with cats?! YASS. In LA and want to join in these fun activities? Get swiping and hope you get matched with the amazing Fahreen! 💖

Did you plan an awesome vina date or group event? Send us some pics to get featured on The VINAZINE! 

WELCOME TO THE VINAZINE

Hey! We’re super excited to be announcing the official launch of The VINAZINE. You may have noticed that we started writing a lot more on our company blog the last few months, and we’ve really gotten into the flow here!

With our distribution growing exponentially, and our network of editorial contributors in The VINA Society growing by the hundreds, we’re super proud to tell you that The VINAZINE is here to stay, and it’s only going to get bigger and better!

So, consider this your official “CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP” notice!

But read on, because I really want to tell you more about why this is actually crazy important to you and the world, and what you can expect from us in the future.

FullSizeRender 4Our mission at VINA is to empower women by giving us the resources necessary to live our most authentic, free, and happy lives. Whatever being empowered means to you, we support that. Whatever brand of women you choose to be, we support that, too. Empowerment is about the process of becoming stronger and more confident – literally that’s the definition. Women’s empowerment as whole is about personal growth, it’s about your journey to your best life… on your terms.

Empowerment is about the process of becoming stronger and more confident

Your future of health, wealth, and happiness depends on investing in you and the people around you, and we’re here to celebrate and accelerate that… but not in like a boring school/teacher/therapist way. We’re more about fun, keepin’ it real, and making it beautiful. Don’t you feel like the best advice comes from our girl friends? Yah. Us too. So, we’ve hand selected some of the best women we knew from the Hey! VINA community to be all of our girl friends, so we can 94149a6ce20ec6845b1fb4dfd51401bc.jpgbe/do/live our best.

You’re probably thinking being your best sounds great all, I mean who doesn’t want to be the best?  But I want to clarify. Best doesn’t mean rolling in cash, having straight A’s, or getting a “perfect” body (whatever that means). The best you is authentic you. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry, we’ll figure it out together.

Can I tell you a little story? I’m personally really passionate about “be your best” in huge part because of my parents. There were times when being the kid of two hippies in Southern California was not the best (ie. Nobody ever wanted to trade my carob chips for their candy bars. Ugh). But there was one thing that they instilled upon me that’s really stuck. Whenever I got a less than perfect grade in school, my parents wouldn’t have anything to say except, “Did you do your best?” What I realize now, is that they built a sense of personal ownership on building my future, ownership of my effort to results, and an internal system for measuring myself. So, as long as I knew I was striving to do my very best, no outside appraisal mattered.

…if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…

Let’s set a challenge for one another at the start of this journey, we promise to do our best to bring you great articles written by fabulous women about how to live your life better than ever, if you promise to keep on pushing forward to be better and better every day.

They say if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. On this special day, International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate what we can achieve when we choose community over competition, and we work together to support one another as women. As par872729914b903b4478fcc41c188afc23t of the VINA community, you should feel confident in knowing that you have thousands of women just like you, supporting you, and cheering you on right at your fingertips.

See ya on The VINAZINE – in app and online!

xo Olivia

WE WANT TO CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY WITH YOU!

Just a little less than 2 weeks from today is a very special day… Galentine’s Day! For those of you who don’t know the holiday already, it’s the day before Valentine’s day in which we celebrate our love for our women friends.💕 Big.💕 Deal. 💕

So, we’re throwing a party. This party also celebrates Hey! VINA’s first birthday. Also a big deal. 💕 In just a year, we’ve grown our platform to connect hundreds of thousands of women for friendship in 158 countries around the world!! 😱😁

While we wish we could be hosting parties everywhere in the world (stay tuned for a few more birthdays in the future for this, ok?!), we’ll be throwing down in our hometown of San Francisco. I hope you’ll join us if you’re around!

When? Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where? Monroe Cocktail Lounge @ 473 Broadway, San Francisco

We think that at least 6 of the following will tickle your fancy:

  1. 🍾 Free flowing champagne
  2. ✂️ Galentines crafts
  3. 💋 A DIY Choker Bar (thanks, Brit + Co!)
  4. 🎶 Super great music
  5. 👭 Free hugs compliments of the entire VINA team
  6. 💍 VINA swag giveaways
  7. 📸 A cute photo booth
  8. 👯 Plenty of friends (new & old!)

Hurry and get one of the few remaining Early Bird tickets!

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Not in the Bay Area to make the VINA party? We’re super sad about it, too! BUT what if you throw your own Galentine’s celebration with your vinas in your hometown?! Tell us about it, and we can help spread the word! 💖

Can’t wait to celebrate with you!!