Do you know what is awesome? Women. Friendship. That sacred connection between two females that is born from a space of vulnerability, authenticity, quiet admiration + love.
Do you know what else is awesome? Hearing women be brave, hearing them speak up + allowing themselves to be seen.
Do you know what else I think is awesome? Women coming together for a greater purpose. To inspire each other to live abundantly + to blaze new and exciting trails. Together.
What else is seriously awesome? Women who cheer each other on. Women who uplift each other and who want to see each other shine purely because it’s awesome to see another sista rise + expand.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us. And the world will live as one.” – John Lennon.
Over the weekend, I was blessed enough to be asked to be part of a Winter Solstice retreat. 3 days glamping in tents by the beach. Yoga, good food, craft, essential oils, sunrises, group meditation, workshops, laughter, and of course… connection.
20 women sat around a camp fire, a sea of stars above us, chai’s in hand, hearts open.
Most of us had never met each other. Yet we were all there, ready and willing to share, to grow and to connect.
Over the few days, I witnessed first hand, what it is that makes female connection so special. That ability we have to open up, to be authentic, to share.
Birth stories were shared with enthusiasm and were met with a deep inner knowing. Even those who weren’t mothers sat there and received these stories with an open heart. They may not be a mother yet, but they understood. They “got it”.
We shared stories of loss, of love, of joy, of dreams, of the mistakes made + of the success we had been blessed with. We were vulnerable. We were real and raw.
I still smile when I think about how complete strangers can come together and connect on such a deep level. Different backgrounds, different nationalities, different ways of living – yet we were all women and we all arrived with the intention of connecting.
This is what it’s all about.
I have never felt the power of female connection more than I do now.
In my younger days, I needed my friends around me for a different reason. We would gossip, get ready for a night out together, talk about boys, chat, laugh, be silly. Those days and those friendships were important too. Through those friendships I was able to grow, to discover, to learn + to become the woman I am today.
But they were not without their heartache, drama + pain.
Now, I see a greater depth to these connections. And I seek a whole new richness in the women I surround myself with.
As women we are blessed with an innate ability to connect on a level that is soft, nurturing + whole. And with that blessing, comes a great gift. The gift of responsibility.
It is our responsibility to use our divine feminine nature to build these relationships. Relationships built on trust, loyalty, respect and love. We need to use this responsibility to be each other’s biggest cheer leaders. To create space for each other to grow. And to stand alongside each other in a space that is entirely free from judgement.
Are we all meant to be besties + skip hand in hand through the countryside? Not at all. Some women don’t necessarily gel with each other. Some come into our lives for a short time. Some come to teach us a lesson. Most we will never meet. And a lucky few are with us for a lifetime.
It is more than ok to not seek deep connection with every woman you meet. But it is important to treat each other with respect and kindness. It is part of that precious gift of responsibility.
Something special happens when we meet another woman with the energy of an equal. Of a friend. Of a sister. We are heard, we are seen, we are valued. And isn’t that what we all want in life?
Beautiful, don’t be afraid to seek out these connections. They are there. I’ve seen it.
To ALL the women in my life – past, present + future. Thank you. I am grateful for all of you.
May we continue to uplift each other, to laugh together, to be courageous together, and to grow together.
May drama + judgement be a thing of the past. Connection + respect is what makes us strong and powerful.
Who run the world? GIRLS!
Workshop photo by Molly Heath.