Do You Need to Declutter?

When you have a women’s group, the range of topics you can discuss is endless.   Everyday issues and profound life questions are all potential discussion points for a group.   A women’s group can be powerful in helping members handle common everyday issues by offering other possibilities…different perspectives.

An everyday issue that lots of people face is how we deal with our space.    Are you happy with the way your space looks?   Do you twinge when you open a draw and can’t find what you want or you see a bunch of keys which you don’t have any idea where they belong.   Resistance is at it’s best here.    What if you were to work together as a group, helping each other start the decluttering process.

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Women’s Group in Kenya

Women are resourceful and powerful in their own way. Here is a story I found on the internet about a group of women who recycle items from the dump to make a living for themselves and for their families.

A women’s group living in a Kenyan trash dump is on the verge of setting up a European market to sell the crafts they produce from mounds of steaming, stinking garbage.

We strongly believe that whenever a group of women come together, the world is a better place. Enjoy the article.

Be well,
Karen & Pat

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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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How to Love Your Changing Body

Throughout history women have mainly focused on their bodies and how they look to the outside world.  With so much attention to the body, how do we meet the challenge of the constant body changes? 

When you look at your body, what do you think?

Intellectually, we all know we get older and we all know we are getting older, yet our emotional life is in an uproar when our bodies don’t look the same.  Have you ever looked into the mirror and thought “who is that person?”  In your head you are still quite young, yet the body that reflects back from the mirror is an older, less familiar version.  Do you scrutinize every grey hair or potential wrinkle on the horizon, or have you simply stopped looking?

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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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