So this year has felt all about connections! The connections I have, the ones I want and even the ones I no longer want.
After a catch up with one of my bestest friends this week – I came home feeling totally filled up!
I realised my cup was perhaps running a little empty which I think it the norm for many people at this time of year, but also it reminded me of how important it is to have that time – just a couple of hours of sharing, laughing and of course drinking wine left me feeling fired up and ready to face the week!
I know how lucky I am; not only do I have some pretty amazing women around me, I have some total rock star colleagues and I get to work with women in hypnobirthing who constantly inspire me and teach me something every time – astounding me with their strength and conviction and their stories.
Community is so, so important. When there is still so much shaming of Mothers and Women going on – having that sense of unity and strength is an absolute gift.
That sense of community can be anywhere. It can be the Mum’s group that you have found and feel safe and connected to, it can be the online community that you have joined or it can be with the very women you’ve been sharing your time with for years – wherever you find this – FIND IT.
I found a whole new sense of community this year when I made the spontaneous decision to email Suzy Ashworth, founder of the Calm Birth School in March to say how much I fu*king loved her new book! I had no idea how transformational that email would be and that in a matter of weeks, I would be joining the Calm Birth School family.
The women within this ever growing collective are strong, making waves and totally inspire me EVERY single day!
I know that pregnancy and parenting can be pretty bloody isolating and it excites me more than ever that there is a shift in the way in which women are supporting one another.
There are so many more communities around now that are not about competitive nonsense and mother shaming, but about support and unity.
So ladies what I leave you with in 2016 is a huge Thank You for the gifts you have left me with - the inspiration, truly understanding gratitude, your stories, your love, your belief in me, your loyalty...the list is endless! And however you describe the women who are a bit of you...
Your Girl Gang, Your Tribe, Your Crew (taking it waaaay back), Your Girls
Value them, love them and know that it's never too late to find your community.
So much Love x
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