I’m Older and How Do I Meet New Friends

We are all so busy now and don’t always have time for our current responsibilities, so how could we possibly meet new people.  Maybe your partner is required to like your friends as well.  If they don’t, that hinders the continuation of the friendship.  Your life may be busy with your partner, children and building a career.  How do you make room for friends?

If you are fortunate, you have friends that know your history and you still enjoy each other’s company.

Maybe you just moved to a new community and need to build new friendships?

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Women In Our Lives

I received the following in an email.  Usually I don’t open this type of email, yet as soon as I started to read it, I knew I wanted to share it with other women and post it here:

Time Passes…..

Life happens…..

Distance separates…..

Children grow up…..

Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes.

Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Careers end…..

BUT…..Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you.  A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach..

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How To Manage The Stress In Your Life

Most of us deal with stress everyday and are so use to it that we don’t even realized that we are living a stressful life.   Living in New York City you become anesthetized to the daily and endless challenges in maneuvering your way through the city.   Stress is part of life.

Though stress is part of everyone’s life, the question is how do you manage the stress you experience?  Do you even think that you can or just say to yourself “that’s life?”    Do you feel helpless and don’t know where to turn in order to deal with the daily hardships?   There are decisions and actions you can take to help you manage the stress levels in your body.

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How to Keep Women Coming Back

For years we have been promoting the virtues of women’s groups and during that time we have listened to the community repeatedly sharing their biggest challenge with us:

 How do we keep members committed to consistently showing up for each meeting?

 This is a big issue. It’s not difficult to appeal to women and attract them into showing up for a new group and attending a meeting or two. But keeping their interest and enticing them to come back for more is a tougher problem.

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The Importance of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in Women’s Groups

Most women’s groups involve the members getting together and meeting somewhere on a regular basis. It could be once a week or once a month. Regardless of the regularity and frequency of the meetings, when the group gets together there is a great deal of interaction. During these meetings, most if not all of the members likely spend a great deal of time chatting with each other. 

It is important to be aware of the non-verbal communication that may often come out during these meetings as well.

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Why It Is Your Right To Be Selfish

Do you ever ask yourself “Is it ok to be selfish?”  Do you feel you have a right to make choices that are just for you?  Is there ever a time in your life when being selfish is exactly what you need to do?  Or do you feel allergic to the word…break out in hives just thinking about it?

The word “selfish” creates conflicting emotions for women.  On one side, it feels good to just think of yourself and not have to always be “on” for other people.  Then there is the other side, the one that society has laid down regarding a women’s role – the side that says being selfish is not what we would ever want others to think about us.  It’s just not feminine.

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Your Purpose – Why Do You Want To Start a Women’s Group?

An excerpt from our book “Essentials for Starting a Women’s Group“…(see sidebar for all of the details)

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Step back and think about why you want to start a women’s group. There are many approaches to this question. 

Start by thinking about the problems you face in your daily life. Perhaps you are a mother who faces issues raising your children. Maybe you want to have greater control over your finances; or possibly you want to lose some weight, start exercising and lead a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you work from home and want to connect with other work-at-home moms.

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What Can I Gain By Joining a Women’s Group

You may be considering joining a women’s group but are a bit hesitant. Joining any type of group takes a commitment. You must commit your time and energy to such a group. It also requires a mental, emotional commitment on your part. Therefore, you may be asking yourself, is it worth it? What will this group provide to me if I become a member?

Joining a women’s group can offer so much more than you ever thought possible.

You may be thinking of joining a group to expand your circle of friends or possibly to do some networking.

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Taking Ownership for Starting the Women’s Group

Taking ownership means embracing the fact that you are the driving force propelling your women’s group forward. It means you are going to take on this job and do it well. It doesn’t mean that you need to do all of the work yourself, nor do you need to be overly aggressive about it; rather, you need to keep your vision in front of you and remind the members of the women’s group what your vision is all about.

What is important is the value of joining together and the value of being a part of this new venture. 

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Women’s Group: A Second Family

A fortunate thing about a women’s group is that there is always someone to spill your guts to, listen wholeheartedly, tell it like it is, and to carry you through to the next stage of your life. At some point, the group becomes your second family and telling the members your deepest darkest secrets and intimacies comes naturally.

It has been said that humor is one of the best cures for what ails you. If that’s the case, a women’s group can accommodate that need as well. If prayer and meditation is something that guides you, a group can lift you up and be there to listen—the key word being listen.

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