Friendship

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.  

slow camp2

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!

With love,
Amelia xx

 

Workshop photo by Molly Heath.

Author: Amelia

Inspired by words, kindness, Mother Nature, humanness, family and love.
Writing. Sharing. Creating. Living.
I believe it’s our birthright to live a life without limitations or labels, and that we can achieve the confidence and spaciousness we crave, when we are guided back home to the person we have always been.

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9 thoughts on “FRIENDSHIP, SISTERHOOD + CONNECTION

  1. Oh Amelia, i love everything about this!! What a precious way to sum up the weekend we all had…thankyou!! I loved reading this just as much as I loved experiancing these connections! xx

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm
  2. Beautiful Amelia, so lovely to read your blogpost about our magical weekend (it really was something special – I am still reflecting and processing). I only wish it were longer so I could get to know everyone a little better. Such interesting, inspiring ladies. Thankyou for being you. I liked you instantly. You have such a beautiful warmth and sincerity which I greatly admire. I look forward to connecting with you, and visiting here again x

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  3. I absolutely love this you beautiful women! Spot on! x x x x

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm
  4. Amelia
    Reading this was like someone had read my mind
    After getting home from our blissful glamping exp Reading my gifts from all these amazing women I felt do humbled that I had touched people…people who 48hrs earlier we’re strangers.
    It was truely a magical exp opening ourselves up to each other to learn off one another n connect n I truely do feel empowered and very special after our point Leo exp.
    thanks for your blog just a lovely reminder to read before I go to bed
    ❤️

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm
  5. Absolutely loved this! Such a great post. Go team soul sisters!

    Posted on June 22, 2015 at 9:53 pm
  6. It took me a while(my late 20’s) to really understand the true importance of true,accepting female friendships – but boy am I so glad I worked it out in the end! Girlfriends understand and care about us in a way that no man ever could xx

    Posted on June 24, 2015 at 8:32 am
  7. Beautiful piece, Amelia. It sounds like such a very special weekend. I do love my connections with women in a real, raw and beautifully honest way. And I think it’s not always easy to find this with others we meet. I also found this perfect to read -as after a writing workshop recently – being a private person – I have felt a great sense of “oversharing” afterwards – a feeling that hasn’t made me feel happy or comfortable within – and in many ways, feeling I shouldn’t have done so. But this piece perhaps puts it into perspective – as although I didn’t know the women there – connection and respect in the “right places” are always present. And perhaps I should just trust in that. With love x

    Posted on June 24, 2015 at 10:02 am
  8. Oh Amelia, this is SO beautiful and I agree that female connections are sacred and special. The Winter Solstice retreat sounds incredible and from this post and the pictures on your Instagram it was. This is something I definitely want to attend in the future, especially because it is held at one of my favourite beaches.

    Posted on June 26, 2015 at 9:13 am
  9. You could have described my journey with female friendships, all important and self defining. I love reading your posts Amelia xxx

    Posted on July 18, 2015 at 9:34 am