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Thanks to everyone who joined us to toast the Holiday Season at our 6th annual Holiday Soirée!  We were thrilled to see so many familiar faces and, welcome some new ones.  We hope you enjoyed being “together”, making new connections, learning new appetizer hacks, infused beverage techniques, and bar tips, and uncovering ways to honor your health and wellbeing. Most importantly, thank you for showing up to share in the celebrations for discoveries and successes from 2021 and what excites us about 2022.


Thriving Through the Holiday Season 

Our favorite Culinary and Wellness Coach Monique Costello, Founder of Happy Eats Healthy shared some wellness tips and an appetizer hack that is a “right from the pantry” recipe.   You can download Monique’s  Holiday Appetizer Recipe Hack here.

Two key takeaways:   

  1. Our thoughts, our habits, our emotions, are digested in the body just like food.
  2. We usually know when we are in an addictive state of mind and feeding cravings only feeds more cravings. Keep in mind if you are stuck in the cycle of over-indulging, to take your emotional pulse: Is this food filling a void? How do you feel? How do you want to feel? To combat sugar overindulgence:
  • Choose fermented foods to squash the cravings.
  • Eat protein with sugar to stabilize your blood sugar.
  • Show yourself some compassion, hydrate, move, and eat “real” foods.

Monique will be leading her annual virtual Wellness Program starting on January 9th.  This program is focused on discovering your inner power to help you find balance, stop saying should’ve/would’ve/could’ve, and feel more than you’ve felt since … ??   Enjoy nutrient-dense food, thought-provoking exercises, mouthwatering recipes, solutions for dealing with those who aren’t on your path, a private Facebook group with weekly interactive live kick-off calls and check-ins, recipe demos, mini-meditations, simple & soothing stretch workouts, fun self-care challenges and more.



And cheers to Jess Feller, Founder of Aged & Infused who shared ideas for enjoying easy-to-make (thanks Jess!) delicious, homemade craft cocktails/mocktails this season. Gather to connect, converse, experiment, and enjoy one of her new mixed beverages!  Please remember to drink responsibly.


Holiday Shopping? A Few of Our Favorite Things

If you have a list and are still checking it twice, thrice, etc., think about supporting these women-owned businesses:

  1. Sparrow Box Co. Beautiful and thoughtfully curated corporate and personal gifts for any occasion, and all American made. Moe and Angela launched in 2019 in South Florida and ship across the country. A donation will be made to Hannah’s Home.
  2. Gifts for children/newborns: Shop for gifts, toys, and beautiful clothing in person or online at SugarCupTrading in Oak Park, IL, founded and run by Michelle Vanderlaan.

Our Theme for 2022 – Designing and Living Your Brilliant Life

After thoughtful deliberation and collaboration, we’re so excited for this new theme and all that is in development at the Women’s Forum for 2022.

Beyond our traditional programming, we will be introducing a VIDEO BLOG (VLOG!) featuring dynamic women who are designing and living a brilliant life in various ways – as change agents, making positive impacts in their communities, intentionally living their purpose-filled lives, and supporting others along the way.

All programming will remain virtual (for now). We are lining up inspiring speakers with thought-provoking content to support your brilliant life. Our small group networking at the end of our programs has been a hit. We will continue to create more opportunities for you to connect with one another. We will continue offering both morning and afternoon programs, and lunchtime workshops too.

We are passionate about and committed to delivering value to every one of you: creating memorable experiences, facilitating introductions, having real conversations, and both supporting and celebrating your successes: personal, professional, and financial.


Wednesday, January 26th – Women’s Forum Kick-off Event in 2022! 

Capturing the Power of Visualization

What is your vision for your brilliant life? Tapping into the power of visualization can be the difference between creating and living one or not!

Click and sign up on our events page!

A CAP STRAT Women’s Forum Communications Update

Keep an eye out for our monthly newsletters with recaps and the videos from our events, links to upcoming events, and video messages from both of us.

  • Our newsletter will be issued by We recommend that you add it to your contact list so it does not get delivered to an unintended email folder.
  • And, the CAP STRAT Women’s Forum site is where you can learn about recent programs, register for future programs, and watch videos from programs or a featured topic, among other resources you’ll discover.

CAP STRAT is committed to supporting your financial success and peace of mind.

  • We share a periodic newsletter with videos our firm produces that feature financial education, current investment, and market observations. They are timely, brief, and the content easy to consume.  (You can browse past videos on our YouTube Channel.)
  • They are emailed from You will also receive a link to manage your subscription.

We encourage you to be engaged with your finances – not as an expert, but aware. Embrace a positive money mindset.

To All of You, To All of Us

And finally, we close with a Women’s Forum tradition – a toast, to all of you, to all of us. 

We cheer our resilience through 2021 and look ahead to 2022 and the brilliant life we get to design. We admire and applaud (but are so not surprised by) the spirit, compassion, and leadership of so many women.

Thank you for stepping up to support others, for maintaining and strengthening this community, and for pressing on personally and professionally. Always, remember to honor and care for yourself. (Remember your oxygen mask goes on first!) Make the most of this one brilliant and amazing life.

Here’s to all of you, and to all of us!


Our very best wishes for a healthy and joyous Holiday Season.

Barbara and Nancy

Please let us know if you would like to have a conversation with us. Email the CAP STRAT Women’s Forum with any questions at! Or call us at 630.320.5100.

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