Topic: Where In Your Life Are You A Victim?

Many women hold a belief that they are victims in different areas of their lives.   They feel they don’t have control and have to live with situations that are not healthy to them.   For example, an adult relationship that is negative towards them or always being on call with children and husbands.

If there is an area of your life that you chronically complain about…you are playing the victim.   It is a choice and believe it or not, there are goodies to playing a victim.  It’s never all one person’s fault.

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What Is The Focus Of Your Women’s Group

You’ve already thought about what kind of women’s group to start. Maybe you haven’t crystallized what it will be or what your goals are, but you have some ideas.

Will it be simply a group that gets together to discuss open-ended women-related topics? Will it focus on interpersonal relationships? Will it be all about self-help and personal growth for women?

Do you have a particular activity or hobby you want to share with others? Maybe reading and discussing the latest best-sellers, teaching each other new dishes to cook, going to and discussing plays or movies. What about learning all about investing or improving ones financial health?

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Topic: Let Go of Struggle

Have you been trained to accept “struggle” as a given in your life?    Do you think nothing good comes unless you struggle?

Before you go any further, realize that working hard is not the same as struggle.   Working hard means you are giving it your all and are building either something tangible, knowledge or creating a relationship with a two year old in the middle of “no” stage.  Working hard has been tied with struggle and they are not the same thing.

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How To Deal With The “Interrupter”

We’d all like to think that everything will always go according to plan and that everyone will always play by the rules and be accommodating to others in the group. A nice thought, but things do come up. Having a strategy ahead of time to deal with uncomfortable issues gives you the ability to move through them without causing great upset in your group.

A common issue in most groups is a member who talks a lot or interrupts others while they are speaking.  So how does the group handle this challenge? How do you handle a member who is dominating the discussion?

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Topic: What Is Spirituality?

During different parts of our lives, exploration of our spirituality and what it means to us surfaces and we start to reflect more on it.  Our connection to it can be through an established religious organization or a personal journey on what spirituality means.   Women generally are closer to our inner spirit and yet we don’t always discuss it with others.  It’s a great topic to have in a women’s group.

If you decide on this topic, there is an abundance of reading material on the subject.   For this post, I located another post which feels right for a women’s group discussion.    Does the author’s point feel right, and if so why, and if not, why not.  Is spirituality only attached to an organized religion structure?   Can one actually explore spirituality on their own?

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Power of Eating Together

In today’s fast paced world, there are many “to do’s” on our list and we may be tempted to eat on the run and not join other family members.   Though it takes times to prepare and sit down together, the benefits you reap by eating together adds to your well-being and to the family.

Great topic for your group:
How to create special meal times with our partners or families.

The Health Effects of Family Dinner” Mikel Theobald on EverydayHealth.com

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Topic: Tips For Healthy Living

A women’s group is a perfect place to support each other with personal goals.   A great topic is around healthy living.   Each person may have a different goal, though the overall theme can be how to increase our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Whenever we reach out to others to share our concerns, dreams and goals, we become stronger.    In a group you can take turns discussing what areas of health you want to work on, set goals and help each other meet those goals.   Encourage each other to start small and this way you can build your “success muscles.”

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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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How Important Are Your Friends?

Friends are a sanity lifeline for most of us.   Our friendships evolve from the different aspects of our lives…childhood, women we met through our children, church, work and the list is endless.  The important word here is friends.

Yes, we can annoy each other, though somehow it doesn’t matter because we love and appreciate each other.  Friendships are important for our well-being.

Friends make you laugh, listen to you when you’re sad, angry or confused, share the happy moments that bring a smile to your face.    Think about each of your friends and ask “how am I different since knowing this person or what has he/she taught me that has added to my life?”

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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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