Growing up, we are taught that home is the physical structure of a house; the four walls that make up your room, the couch you pile onto for movie night, the door you shut behind you as you leave to school in the morning.
As you go through life, maybe move a time or two, you come to realize home is not a structure. Home is feeling. The feeling of home can be a person, a group of people, an experience, or an environment where you feel most yourself and most accepted. When creating Parlay House, our “house” became a “home” for women to be authentic, stay connected, and feel empowered and loved. The “Parlay” effect of paying it forward and outward by passing along even the smallest actions in order to make a difference, became contagious.
Parlay House is a home where the walls are the support of the women who are so different, yet so similar…. Women whose details are unique to their own stories, but share the same strong core values and the desire to better themselves, each other, and the world. Women who shine in their careers which range from corporate to non-profit to spiritual, and therefore can help each other explore alternative paths. Women who, when together, provoke quality thought, fuel progressive conversation, share personal struggles, create attainable solutions, and generate growth. Women who are in all different stages of life, of all ages, and all backgrounds, but are all equal.
Parlay House is a home where the couch is not a couch, but your (very comfortable) stage. It is a platform to voice your truth without filter when it leaves your mind or judgement when it leaves your mouth. Like movie night, you have a similar type of ritual you look forward to and cherish with women who feel immediately like family.
Parlay House is a home where the door is never shutting, but is always open for you to enter a safe space filled with warm welcomes from once unfamiliar faces that are now friends. The door is open to endless opportunities, because when you focus on who you are…your passions, your dreams, your ideas, your place in the world… instead of what you do, you form true bonds and relationships. When you leave Parlay House, instead of going to school, you are going out into the world with confidence, hope, resources, and determination. You leave feel refreshed, refocused, understood, empowered, and important.
Parlay House is a home.