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Words of Wisdom Day 20 featuring Catherine Birdwell

What does community mean to you?

“I was born and raised in a small town where everyone knew everyone, and boundaries were few and far between. But in times of challenge and hardship, individuals came together to support each other. They put others before themselves without thinking twice.

Like many other millennials, I grew up and found myself hopping from city to city in pursuit of adventure and opportunity. There were times I felt nostalgic for the community of my childhood, wondering if it was possible in today’s society.

Last year, my husband had a sudden, unexpected health scare. And I saw our community emerge around us. Loved ones near and far dropped everything to come to our side and ask how they could help. We were overwhelmed with calls, texts, emails, and visits, reminding us that someone somewhere was thinking of us. The road to recovery didn’t end when we left the hospital, and our community continued to stick by us each step of the way.

I now know that this is my community. It’s putting the people you love before yourself so you aren’t surprised when, during the hard times, they put you before themselves.”

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?

“Community takes effort. Schedule phone dates with long distance friends. Don’t cancel plans with girlfriends after a long work day. Find time every day for substantive conversation with someone you love.

Never hesitate to connect with old friends. Don't worry if too much time has passed or if that friend seems busy. But also don’t be afraid to make new friends: try new things, attend social events without familiar faces. Be vulnerable and open.”

 What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:

“Practice compassion. Avoid judgment and cynicism. Always strive to find the good in others. “

Words of Wisdom Day 14 featuring Anna Morin

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“I teach my students that community is being supportive of others while also counting on their help so that everyone can grow together. “

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“My tribe connects me to my younger and more carefree self. When I’m overwhelmed, my tribes lets me burn it off and helps to ground me again.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:

“Not every community will be for you. Find the one that you don’t need to hold anything back from. The one that you are sure loves you enough to recognize your faults, but that understands you’re so much more than that.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“That it is everlasting. Give up on the idea you will reach perfection. As a teacher, I always say that if I’ve mastered it, I’m not doing it right. I forget to be that patient with myself at times. Some years will be setbacks. Always center yourself on the happy and prideful moments. ”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: 

“You don’t have to live in the negativity. Know the difference between when you are and aren’t. Be aware and never let yourself stay there. Even if that means putting on a song you love to dance to when you’re crying in the car. Allow yourself the weak moments, but don’t stay there. “

What do you love about being a woman:

“That I’m a natural caretaker that truly takes joy in doing things for others. ”

'Words of Wisdom' Day 8 featuring Charlotte Elea

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“Community is a group of people all sharing at least one thing in common that bring them together. Communities look out for and support their members, welcome everyone, band together during challenging times, solve problems collectively, and are not afraid of being truthful always.” 

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“Soul Tribe to me is different from Community, in that these are people that I know totally get me and I get them on a deep level. We are walking this earth for a similar purpose, and are magnetized together because we know we are to walk in tandem. It's so important to have a soul tribe to have others mirror back the awesomeness and realness of you, and you them, and to have people who you can be totally 100% completely real, totally show up and know that you are held and seen. To have others hold you to the greatest version of you when you are struggling, too. I believe these things are REQUIREMENTS for self-care for those of us desiring to walk the path of our soul's this lifetime.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:

“First, I would say that for whatever you are seeking, it begins with you. If you want more authentic and deeper connection, then begin to show up in spaces more authentically, and more yourself. It feels vulnerable, yes. But it will magnetize those people who get you to you. And if this feels like too much, start small. Begin with your 1-to-1 conversations with friends. Experience the difference when you open up about your feelings, hopes, disappointments and dreams, rather than gossip or chit chat. ”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“Ha! Tori, I don't believe I can answer this question in one paragraph! Do you have 100 pages I can fill in? My whole life is a continual journal of personal growth and transformation. As human beings who choose to walk the path of our souls, we will grow and transform many times throughout our lives. This is what makes life fulfilling and meaningful.”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: 

“You are not alone. It is only fear that keeps you feeling alone. There are so many out there who want and need your presence, your gifts, your voice and your truth. The pain and the confusion you will go through is totally worth it. Your fears are totally unwarranted. Your love and compassion are your greatest gifts--give them to yourself first. Go easy on yourself--you aren't doing anything wrong. ”

What do you love about being a woman:

“I love that I get to topple the patriarchy! I love that my bleed brings me in deep communion with the cycles of the earth. I love that I get to heal and bring back the divine feminine into prominence through following intuition, embracing emotions and surrendering/receiving as a way of being in business.”

'Words of Wisdom' day 7 featuring Paula Sacco

‘Words of Wisdom’ Day 7 featuring Paula Sacco ✨⚡️💥

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“A broader community means having people I can connect with and depend upon, like neighbors and a broader network of friends. Then there is a tighter community of the people I can open up to and share ideas with, such as a learning community.” 

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“I have a few different soul tribes. The one I feel most connected with is my tribe of siblings (6 of them), next would be my close girlfriends who have known me since childhood. I also have a soul tribe that consists of a few people that share my interests in the field of Positive Psychology. Having children has expanded my soul tribe exponentially! The mothers whom I have learned from, supported, been supported by, laughed and cried with are invaluable and have made my life better.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:

“Go out and find it. Follow your passion and be willing to share your ideas. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Ask someone you connect with to go grab a coffee or take a walk. Remember that everyone is looking to connect.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“It gets better with age. So many times I wish I knew then what I know now, but  it's a journey and I wouldn't be where I am now if I knew things back then!”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: 

“It's not selfish to take care of yourself. Things are better and life is easier when you are in community with others. ”

What do you love about being a woman:

“Everything. But if I had to pick one thing it would be my intuition and of course having my girlfriends. Never stop growing. Mindset determines most outcomes in life. There are things you can do (that are available to everyone) to increase your happiness in life.”

'Words of Wisdom' Day 6 featuring KJS

What does 'community' mean to you: 
“Being able to give and get support, to connect and belong.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:
“Find people and places you feel safe with, where there is trust, and then experiment with sharing more of your real feelings and experiences.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:
“Wow, that is a big question! I guess-- just keep going. There will always be times of stuck-ness etc but it's important to keep going.”

What do you love about being a woman:
“I love my nurturing and supportive side. ”

'Words of Wisdom' Day 5 featuring Marjorie Masse

What does 'community' mean to you: 
“Community, especially in the age of technology, has so many meanings. When I reflect on each of the communities to which I belong; family, clubs, coworkers, the island family, my neighborhood, old and new friends, and support groups, I feel truly blessed. Some of these groups are online and others are real time, but each represents relational connections within which we hold each other up. ”

Why is having a soul tribe important:
“We come to the world with such varied experiences, ways of processing, and even simple tastes, and yet we find that there are those who share on some level our common love for nature and humanity. This, especially in these times, is an extremely important scaffolding for happiness, serenity, and hope.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:
“Open your mind. Open your heart. Open a book. Open your home. Open your arms.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:
“I believe that it takes all kinds of minds, and hearts, to nurture ourselves and to grow. This leads me to pose this question: Why does the soul tribe need to be exclusively female. I love the company of women. However so many men are so good. I fear that in this era of “otherization” that unless we intentionally become inclusive in all of our work we may be missing an important and loving component, while furthering a growing chasm in the larger community.”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: 

“Stay in school, and don’t let anybody persuade you that you’re not smart enough just because it’s difficult.”

'Words of Wisdom' Day 2 featuring Jill Ayala

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What does 'community' mean and look like to you: “Being present, supportive and available.”

Why is having a soul tribe important: “Being busy is often seen as being successful and happy, but not in my eyes. Life is short and as a mom of two it’s important for me to remember that I am a woman and my own person.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection: “People want to connect to something bigger, we just need to value the time and effort it takes.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth: “Every experience good or bad helps form who you are.”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: “Stay true to the genuine friends who are there in good times and bad. The ones who go out of their way to stay in touch.”

What do you love about being a woman: “Being independent and nurturing.”

'Words of Wisdom' Day 1 featuring Anya Nordström Deveaux

What does 'community' mean and look like to you: “Women supporting women whether it be in business, friendships or motherhood.”

Why is having a soul tribe important: “Being a woman in 2019 is tough. There is a ton of judgement and lots of unrealistic standards and societal pressures imposed on women. We need more strong female voices to share real life stories that share the reality of what being a business owner, entrepreneur, mom, wife, friend, etc. is really like and find ways to support each other. Especially those who choose to do things in non-traditional ways. Times have changed and while women have always carried a heavy burden in life, 2019 marks a transitional period where women really are "doing it all". We are running for office, creating empires, running business, having children, maintaining marriages and households - and doing it all at the same time.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:
“Create your tribe but always listen to your own intuition.” 

What are your thoughts and experiences when it comes to personal growth and transformation: “Be grateful for the things that didn't work out. Sometimes you don't know where you are being guided to when in the midst of chaos. Just trust that greater things are aligning for you. Let go gracefully.”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice when it comes to community, personal growth or life what would it be:
"There is no such thing as perfect balance. No two days will ever be the same and feel lucky for that! Surprise and spontaneity is what life is all about. Do all things in moderation and don't put too much pressure on yourself. There will be times when family outweighs work and times when work outweighs family; days when you have too much coffee and days when all you drink is celery juice, sections of life where physical activity replenishes your soul and others when all you need is a bag of chips and Sex & the City marathons. Ebbs and flows are normal. Take it one day at a time.”

What do you love about being a woman: “We create life, we sustain it and we raise it. We forge our own paths in life and we take charge of protecting those who mean the most to us. We are strong, powerful, feminine, masculine, smart, sexy and intelligent. Female is power.”