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 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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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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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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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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What’s Your Meaning of Wellness?

Are you burdened with so many roles in your life that you don’t have time to think about your personal wellness? Yet you have a nagging feeling that you are not happy, physically well or emotionally satisfied. Is it possible that wellness could be a priority for you? Let’s look at what wellness is all about.

What does your personal wellness include?

Wellness is holistic in nature as it includes physical, spiritual, emotional and financial aspects, as well as surrounds the relationships we have in our lives.

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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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