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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 19 featuring Frannie Noble

What does community mean to you?

“Community is formed by the common ground that connects us. The core is close family and friends with whom I have the deepest connections, but it expands to include neighbors and professional networks too. “

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?

“Brene Brown writes that the "I don’t care what anyone thinks about me" mentality is way off base. We SHOULD care what some people think about us. For me, those people are your soul tribe. They call you out on your bullshit, they ask the hard questions and they are relentless in their support for you. 

Human beings are made for connection. A soul tribe is a direct expression of that core part of our being.The work to find these people and to build relationships with them is critical. To find them we have to be brave and vulnerable, but with them we can continue to be brave and vulnerable in this crazy, wild world. ”

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

“Show up.

1. Show up and do the work to meet and build connection with people. You will not build your soul tribe through Instagram messaging. You may meet someone that way, but the building, trying, growing part happens in real time and real space. Find meet up groups for interesting topics, go somewhere new, meet people in person. 

2. While building those connections or investing in existing relationships, you have to keep showing up. If someone's parent dies, or they get a scary diagnosis, if their partner is being a total ass, or their professional life is a hot mess you still have to show up for them. This soul stuff isn't about the good times. Most often it's forged through the tough stuff. Send a card, a text, flowers, a meal, or, consider using the call function on your phone and CALL THEM! You do not get to back away because it's awkward or scary. We need each other. Show up.”

 What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“My greatest growth has come from talking to myself - practicing mindfulness essentially. Thankfully, I can do this in my head and not scare my roommates or partner.

I've slowly learned to acknowledge feelings - both good and bad ones, and to figure out why I'm feeling that way. Instead of letting feelings overwhelm me, I can see them and process them. In a moment of anxiety for example, I have learned to stop and ask myself, "what are you freaking out about?" And the answer is usually pretty clear. It sounds something like this; "I'm stressed about attending the conference and having everyone there know more about the topic than I do. I'm going to look stupid." The questions continue, like "what makes you think that?"or "Has that ever happened?", but the process of being able to stop, acknowledge feelings, and interact with them has been huge for me. You don't have to ignore your feelings and plow on ahead with life carrying anxiety with you; working through those moments can bring a lot of freedom. “

Words of Wisdom Day 18 featuring Renee Rakowsky

What does community mean to you?
“A soulful tribe of conscious, loving women [and men] who have a passion to serve. There are likely several communities as an all female community fills me up in a particular different way.”

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?
“Soul tribes keep me grounded in spirit, love and gratitude and is a place I choose to bring my BEST, even if it’s a sobbing mess at times.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:
“It is fundamental for my being to grow and deepen my connection to self, spirit and fellow humans of all ages. The younger we can support transformation and conscious conversation, the better the planet can be.”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be:
“Love, trust, play, surrender and laugh deep belly laughs.”

What do you love about being a woman:

“So much! Our ability to freely express love and beauty and bring mama love and relationship skills to others so that we can be the beacon to light the way.”

Words of Wisdom Day 17 featuring Sarah Andrus

What does community mean to you?
“A group of people who share similar values and readily lend support. ”

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?
“Without a soul tribe, you'd have to face many of life's obstacles alone, which is no fun! I'd define tribe as a closer knit portion of your community.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:
“Break out of your comfort zone. You can't build connection with someone without asking tough questions and making yourself vulnerable. ”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:
“It's a lifelong process...and everyone's is a different speed. ”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be:
“Don't feel obligated to stay connected with someone that dulls your mood/vibe. ”

What do you love about being a woman:
“Our superior ability to emotionally connect.”

Words of Wisdom Day 16 featuring Ariele Russell

What does community mean to you?

“Community is a group of people who choose each other, work together on common goals, and support each other regardless of time spent apart.”

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?

“Having a soul tribe helps you stay true to you. They are people who know your true self and accept you as you are with love. They support you, they keep you grounded, and they light a fire under your a$$ when you need that extra kick to keep going. Time is of no matter with your tribe, long times apart do not diminish the connection.”

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

“Find people who inspire you, who remind you of your true self, and people who remind you of yourself when you felt stuck. A tribe needs balance; those who raise you up and those who you help rise. Helping people is often more rewarding and inspiring than following those who are where you want to be, and that is an idea often lost to people.” 

 What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“Everyone experiences growth differently. Some friends need time and space. Some need constant attention and check ins. Recognize what you yourself need in those times and STOP GUILTING YOURSELF! Everyone else is selfish... take the time to do what YOU need to do. There is nothing wrong with doing what you need... but there is in feeling bad about it. We need to put ourselves first in times of growth. Eat the cake. Take the nap. Lift the weights. Read the book. It is exactly what you need.”

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

“GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY! STOP DOUBTING, AND DO!”

What do you love about being a woman:

“Everything. I love the resilience of my body, mind, and heart. I love the endless giving I am capable of, even when a person doesn't deserve it. I love using my "womanly ways" to get things done. I love that complimenting another woman can make her day/week/month/year/life.”

Last thoughts:

“Embrace your imperfections, quirks, and differences. When you feel lost return to things that brought you happiness as a child - put on that old music. Dance barefoot in the rain. Get creative... just re-live those old passions and allow yourself to rediscover the peace and happiness it brought you before. Return to your roots. Go back to the you before the bullshit.”

Words of Wisdom Day 15 featuring Lindsay Farrel

Why is having a soul tribe important to you?

“My soul tribe is like a family who I can be completely vulnerable and open with. Who I can confide in and know they are there to listen, offer advice when needed or simply support me in the happy moments of life or the more challenging ones.”

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

“Be patient but also don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, it’s through sharing that connections are developed.” 

 What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“Life is a journey of growth and transformations. I believe there are different chapters of our lives and with each chapter there is a different theme whether it be spiritual growth, personal growth or relationship growth 🙂

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

“We are all on a journey and everyone has their own struggles, joys, lessons they are working through. Learn to set boundaries and to determine what is yours to learn/carry/etc versus theirs. Through it all, don’t ever forget to stop loving YOURSELF! “

What do you love about being a woman:

“The connections, the deep feelings and emotions. As challenging as they can be sometime it’s what has brought some of my deepest friendships in to my life. The bond that fellow women feel, it’s something that is hard to understand unless you are a woman 🥰”

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 13 featuring Robbie Hallowell

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“My community is made up of women I can safely share my joys, celebrations, sorrows, concerns, ventings, and various life questions with. They listen without judgement, they may gently hold me accountable, they forgive me for my mistakes and are always have my back and my heart. “

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

“Be open and non judgmental. 

Be willing to seek the connection even when it might not feel comfortable. 

You just never know where an “acquaintance “ or a conversation will lead.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“I feel very lucky to have had many different women come into my life that brought very different thoughts, opportunities, and knowledge. My mind was opened to alternative ideas that a small town girl from northern NY might never have heard of. I was given and created the gift of not only being comfortable with myself but loving myself.”

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

“Don’t be afraid, embrace being different. 

Never stop learning, exploring  or discovering life. “

What do you love about being a woman:

“Everything!”

“My community of women is made up of many very different groups and ages.  I used to criticize myself for being like a chameleon, blending in with each group. I've learned that all these groups were parts of me and I didn’t need to chose one. It’s what made me whole and approachable by others. I love being included in tribes of young women, elders and peers. 

I believe my willingness to embrace and explore new ideas was passed on to my amazing daughter which gives me the greatest joy.”

Words of Wisdom Day 12 featuring Mell Abbe

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“A group of people who support and lift each other up. People who don't judge and who accept you for who you are. ” 

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“Everyone wants to feel like their apart of something magical. A soul tribe can give women the support and confidence to take on any challenge. ”

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

“Don't be nervous to be judged. Everyone you meet is looking to add to their soul tribe (even if they won't admit it out loud). Own who you are and be confident in yourself.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“It can be difficult to change and get out of the "rut" you might be comfortable in, but the risk is worth it. ”

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

“It's okay to be nervous about "fitting in," everyone is! Don't be afraid to make the first move, because no matter how it turns out, at least you tried! ”

What do you love about being a woman:

“Being a #ladyboss. I like proving to people that yes, I know how to use use tools or be the leader in a meeting... while also getting my nails done and taking bubble baths. ”

Final Thoughts:

“You've got one life to live, so take that risk (even if you're nervous)! You can do it!”

Words of Wisdom Day 11 featuring Allison Kimmerle

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“Right now my “soul tribe” is scattered geographically and I have to go to them to connect. But the effort I make to connect comes back to me 10-fold every time. I am rewarded!  I know myself more completely because I stay connected with them. They ask me how I am (and I have to think about how to answer and how I really am); they ask if I am happy (and I have to think about my response to that too); they help me to remember why they like me (and often I need to feel and hear that); and they love me (something that I often need to be reminded of). ”

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

“It is not easy to find connections or a community that fits. But don’t quit exploring! Without community or sustaining connections, isolation results and THAT is a harder situation to find your way through. Believe that you WILL find sustaining connections. It’s a big complex diverse world out there...there ARE sustaining connections waiting! Patience and faith are so important in what can feel like a very long wait!”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“You are never done! You are never fully grown or finally transformed. Life throws zingers, curve balls, and surprises of all kinds at you. It’s guaranteed! Yet through those experiences what you thought you knew about yourself can change. Perhaps you will be transformed in some unanticipated way or develop a new awareness of who you are in the here and now. Change and transformation are not just experiences of youth!”

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

“You cannot know who you will stay connected to as time goes on. Distance, work, family, misunderstandings, marriage, personal decisions, etc. can make cherished friendships harder and harder to maintain. But do whatever you can to keep the connection. If it means that much now,  it will mean even more as time goes on. This is especially true with siblings.”

What do you love about being a woman:

“The ability to give birth to my children. It has been the single most important achievement of my life!”

Words of Wisdom Day 10 featuring Kerry Ann Denley

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“A group of people who support each other.” 

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“It’s important to have people that will be by your side no matter what who help you through various times of your life. You need people you can laugh with and cry with. My tribe is the best! They have helped me through so many difficult times and I know no matter what I can turn to them. ”

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

“Be patient, open-minded and accepting of differences. There so many different types of people in this world and everyone has their own story and something to share and something new for us to learn.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“The key things I have learned are to be open-minded and patient with myself and with others. No one is perfect so why should I expect myself or others to be. ”

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

“Be nice to yourself! I should be less concerned with what others think of me and more concerned with how I feel about myself and my choices.  If everyone worked together by doing their part (whatever it be) things would be much easier and better.”

What do you love about being a woman:

“The beauty of womanhood!”

Words of Wisdom Day 9 featuring Rebecca Webber

What does 'community' mean to you: 

“A supportive infrastructure that gives you the access to the resources you need to be successful.” 

Why is having a soul tribe important:

“Moving beyond success, the soul tribe also makes you feel fulfilled.”

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

“Lead with authenticity. When you are open and honest, you'll find the best fit.”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:

“It's often incremental and not always linear.”

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

“Patience: it's hard to see how things will ultimately come together, but look back on your pattern of progress and feel the power of positive momentum.”

What do you love about being a woman:

“Friendship and kinship with other women, especially the support of those striving.”

'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 4 featuring Rachel Norton

What does 'community' mean to you: 
“Community means a group of people who share similar values, goals, and interests. To me, community consists of my family and friends who I have chosen to keep in my life because we support, challenge, and love each other genuinely. ”

Why is having a soul tribe important:
“Having a soul tribe is super important because you need people who accept you for who you truly are in order to feel validated, understood and loved. My soul tribe is made up of some of my immediate and distant family members, friends from childhood, high school, college, grad school, and jobs that I’ve had. Everyone in my soul tribe is someone who I can confide in, trust fully, and enjoy spending time with. And I care deeply about them and their lives. Without my soul tribe, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.”

What words of advice do you have for women seeking out deeper community and connection:
“It’s important to be yourself from the beginning, otherwise, you’re going to attract the wrong people. It’s also crucial to actively listen to others who you meet in order to get to know them well. It’s imperative that you be a good listener so that you can be a supportive friend. ”

What are your thoughts when it comes to personal growth:
“Be patient with yourself. I’m 33, and I’m still figuring out who I am. Don’t define yourself by one thing. You can and should have different identities (career, family, friends, passions etc.) that all make up who you are and what you’re about. ”

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be: 
“Have faith that you will find people who make sense in your life without doing/saying what you think that they want you to do/say.”

What do you love about being a woman:
“I love being able to nurture those I love. I feel like given the difficulties that women have faced and do face - I feel very empowered to be my true self. ”

'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.”