What Makes the Women in Your Life Special?

Women come in and out of our lives on a daily basis…some are a constant and others gently bump into us and then quickly move on.   What do we do with those connections?   Do we ignore or treasure them?

We believe that as individuals women are powerful in their own right.  Anytime you bring two or more women together, the strength multiplies significantly and the impact can be unexpected.  Even brief moments can spark an idea, warm our hearts with memories and make a difference in how we feel about ourselves. 

Here are some examples of wonderful women experiences:

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Do You Prefer Giving Advice or Getting Advice? Why?

Do you give or get?  Or do you do both?

Is there a divided line between the givers and the takers of advice giving? On what side of the line do you feel more comfortable?  We all have our comfort zones and for a lot of people, giving advice is safer.

Advice giving is a daily activity and a significant way we communicate with others.  We have many forms, such as the phone, email or texting to transmit our pearls of wisdom.  So, what service does advice provide in our world?   How much of the advice we give or receive is actually heard?

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Rituals Solidify a Group

A great way of forging bonds within a women’s group is to create group rituals. These rituals are reminiscent of the “secret society” rituals we all participated in as young girls, and they make group members feel like part of something special. When we all participate in a group ritual, we feel a greater connection with the other participants, especially if the ritual is something meaningful for us. And it’s something that is unique to our group and only we experience it together.

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Dispelling Those Time Management Myths

A year from now you will wish you had started today.  Karen Lamb

Interested in joining a women’s group, but don’t think you have the time to devote? Are there important things you want to do and projects you want to start, but can’t seem to get to them? To help you find the time to do the things you want to do, let’s take the time to dispel some commonly held beliefs about time management.

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Plant the Seed and Watch It Grow

Spring is a perfect time to plant seeds…

Whenever you gather women together, it’s a way to honor female relationships. The group’s energy is powerful and developing this energy with a solid vision can build stronger lives for everyone. A group can accomplish more together than individuals can do on their own. The world has more possibilities when we join together as a group to nurture ourselves and others.

In its early stages of a group, you may not be aware of all the tiny seeds of interaction that are being planted to help form the group. Over time, these seeds of connection, watered with commitment and respect, blossom into strong and nurturing relationships within the group.

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Sharing Brings Growth

Who really are these women? What do they each represent? Will they judge me for the life I lead? Will they criticize me for the opinions I express? Do I fit in? Will they like me?

When you first join a women’s group, it’s both exciting and a bit scary. You may be hesitant to participate at first and certainly will wonder about the other members in the group. This kind of concern might prevent you from making the most of your women’s group experience. Not to worry – you’ll get the hang of it soon.

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The Essence of a Women’s Group is Trust

Trust – Firm reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, or character of a person or thing.

In a successful women’s group, the members must all trust each other enough to be able to open up and share their experiences freely. As we know, without sharing there will not be growth. But how can women in a diverse group learn to trust each other? How long before they can open up honestly?

The secret to building a trusting relationship is to start small. Begin with small acts and gestures of trust and build it up from there. It will take awhile, but there will come a time when the members of your group will not hesitate to open up to one another.

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Listening Is An Essential Skill

Listening is an absolutely essential life skill. It’s even more important as a skill for someone who is part of a successful women’s group.

Listening is a way of building rapport. When you listen to someone, you learn more about them. You understand what’s going on in their life, how they think, where they’re coming from, what experiences they are drawing on and more. In turn, the person you are listening to feels that you understand them better; they are thankful for the support and the empathy you are providing them, just by being a good listener.

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Brainstorming Creativity

If you are the moderator of a women’s group, you will come across multiple instances that require creative and critical thinking. For instance, a member might have a problem that she hopes the group will help her solve, or the group might wish to discuss and analyze a book or movie. Regardless of the reason behind the need, there are a few techniques that can help in stimulating creative thinking.

Brainstorming is one of the best ways to stimulate creative thinking and it’s fun. Brainstorming is really a method of generating ideas, while judgment is put on hold.

Practically speaking, when you start to brainstorm, one person must be designated to take notes. Members can volunteer for this position, or they may be assigned the note-taker position on a revolving basis. It helps to have a stand up easel or pad and colorful magic markers so that the note-taker can write everything down for all to see.
In order to brainstorm, a playful environment must be created to stimulate the creative ideas. Even if the topic at hand is something very serious, refrain from getting bogged down or trying to be very somber. Playfulness stimulates creativity, so create the right environment – have some snacks on hand and make sure the seating is comfortable.

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Self-Help Group for Women

If you are considering starting a women’s group, you might contemplate starting a self-help group for women.

As women, we all face stressful situations daily and want the most out of our lives. What better way to empower other women than to start a self-help group.

Although the name might sound a bit “new age”-ish, a self-help or personal development group for women is really just a way for women to get the most out of their lives. It’s a way for women to come together to improve their situation through discussion and activities. Even if you don’t want to start a group that is solely about personal development, you might want to incorporate some self-help issues into your meetings.

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