Okay, so I'm not technically friends with Rachel Hollis, but I've been reading her bestseller "Girl, Wash Your Face" and her infectious encouragement and in-your-face just-do-it attitude has given me the courage to (as she says) turn someday into today! Go me! (Rachel, if you see this, I've decided that one day we will have lunch and compare stories of similar tragic upbringing that turned us into tenacious go-getters! Then we will be guests on The Ellen Show. I'm dreaming big, my friend)!
So here goes. I'm launching a community where women can connect with each other. A place where we can share our stories, relate to one another, and support each other as WE ARE. A place where you don't have to be learning a new diet or be a new mom or want to be more fashionable, you just ARE. A place where you feel normal because your life matches the life of so many other women who haven't found work/life balance, who may have given up low-carb diets long ago, who can't keep up with the latest style trends. We live ordinary chaotic lives. We talk about real life stuff like flabby thighs and just barely surviving day to day. We ask for advice. We come from different backgrounds with different life experiences and we help each other grow. We connect.
What if we lifted each other up, as we ARE, instead of as we want to be (skinnier, healthier, a better dresser...)? What if we shared our truths and didn't feel criticized, shamed, or guilty? What if we found others that feel exactly how we feel? What if our truth was accepted and valued?
It could be as simple as needing advice on what to wear for a night out or how to get over a breakup. You may be contemplating divorce or a new career. This community is for women to share and get feedback from all walks of life. A place where we can be authentic, honest, and feel a real sense of belonging. Share as little or as much as you’d like. Maybe you are great at encouraging others because you’ve got so much experience and expertise your input could change lives. How awesome would it be to have real life mentors helping us through our chaotic lives?
Sure, I may be crazy to think this online utopia could exist. You may be thinking, she’s insane! I’d never share my life with strangers!!
I’m taking a leap of faith here. Over the past 20 years I have belonged to wedding planning groups, pregnancy groups, new mommy groups, essential oil groups, weight loss groups. And each group was amazing. I’ve made friends and met so many women who make me feel like I’m not alone. There is so much beauty in the moment you can show vulnerability and get meaningful feedback in a safe and nurturing environment.
Maybe I am crazy, but I say we give this a try! Are you in?
Check out my Facebook Page and join the #MeantToBeMe Group HERE!
Heidi has been working as a school counselor for over 15 years and strives to end the stigma of depression. She offers helpful tips and strategies to help yourself or someone you love who is suffering. Her personal experiences with grief, relationships, depression, poor self-image, bullying, anxiety, and relational aggression gives her a unique perspective on what its takes to overcome tragedy as a adolescent and adult.