Duchess Digest: Tapped In

DesertIslandLet’s face it; no woman is an island. While every modern woman loves to be independent, confident and self-reliant, we all could use balancing our alone time with a community.

Communities come in many forms; spiritual groups, educational gatherings, family, friends, even people with whom we share common backgrounds, ethnicities or situations. No matter their form, these communities can be essential for our well being.

Even Maslow addressed this need for community and belonging in his pyramid hierarchy of needs; ranking community only after physiological needs and safety. Community can help us feel supported and sustained, encouraged and help push us to reach new heights.

Communities can be as small as your immediate close friends, your family, any professional organizations you belong to or even groups of people you gather yourself. For example, I teamed up with a few close girlfriends and their close girlfriends to form a tightly knit manifestation group. We meet once or twice a month, bring our goals for the short and long term, and discuss any follow-up from past meetings. We also share advice, networking and support for the other women to each meeting. In fact, at our last meeting the group decided we would all bring our highest wish for each group member based on how we know them and what we know of their
dreams. It’s not just about the inspiration we take away, but any great things we can contribute as well. We only meet when we can all be there and we hold each other accountable for our dreams and provide a safety net of support and ideas to all members.

I know so many of my own dreams would not have come true thus far without the incredibly close bonds I share with such communities of women. Women seem to be naturally social and helpful beings. The women in my life are the first to share with me if I am ever in need of anything and they’re also the first to call me out if I am not upholding my end of the friendship in which we’re engaged.

Communities of women are powerful, magical and beautiful gatherings to be a part of and witness. I urge you to tap into some great female communities today, or even start your own with equally inclined women looking to challenge, grow and reach for the stars.

–Jill Brown

Jill Brown is a Los Angeles, California-based life coach and writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: www.theduchessguide.com

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