Today, in the wake of International Women’s Day, I want to talk about women. Specifically, about women stepping into their feminine energy and genuinely supporting each other. Without judgement. Without fear.
I spent International Women’s Day surrounded by the most incredibly inspiring females (and males, of course, but today is all about the sisterhood).
How lucky was I to kick off the day drinking bubbles with a gaggle of amazing women from Ipswich Women in Business overlooking Ipswich, in one of our city’s most glorious homes?
While it was genuinely lovely to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen for a while, the real gift was the conversation. It got deep. Really deep. The best kind.
We talked about how incredibly blessed we are to have found each other, and to have found a business community and support network that never falters.
We talked about the importance of vulnerability, or being our true selves without fear of judgment, and of having the courage to share our challenges and issues openly and honestly.
We talked about how much we encourage and inspire each other (yes, it got pretty emotional there for a minute), and explored the difference between shallow friendships and genuine tribe connections.
I shared that, only two years ago, I didn’t feel connected or supported. And that was my own fault. I was a control freak of the highest order. Many small business owners are, out of necessity rather than choice, as we generally have to do it all for ourselves.
For some bizarre reason, I felt like I had to do this thing called small business on my own. That I had to be independent and never ask for help. I’d been stuck in that mindset for a long time.
It probably didn’t help that most of my networks were male dominated, and that I created an identity based around a very strong masculine energy, fighting the feminine.
Little did I know what I was missing out on.
I remember being dragged along to a businesswomen’s event about two years ago. There I was, feeling conspicuous and judged in my active wear, while all the gorgeous ladies around me were draped in floral prettiness. I didn’t feel like I fitted in.
However, something started to happen. I started to crave more of this feminine energy. And, because like attracts like, more and more likeminded women craving the same connection and support appeared in my world.
So, there I was, two years later, on Alli’s mum’s veranda (thanks, Felicity), still wearing active wear, still surrounded by gorgeous women draped in floral frocks, but feeling completely at home, safe, accepted and loved for who I am.
How awesome that I didn’t have to change myself, not one bit. All I had to do was find my tribe. And now I can confidently show up and express my true self, without fear.
Incidentally, I own a few more floral dresses these days, but active wear is still my thing.
Honestly, I’ve felt empty, flat, and alone since Christmas, for several reasons. But I know now where to go when I need a top up of energy.
International Women’s Day, surrounded by my tribe at three different events, was like getting an IV shot of progesterone … the feminine energy I desperately needed.
I’m still on a high!
And that’s why I love doing what I do.
I love welcoming women into my tribe, connecting with them, opening my arms and my heart to their challenges, insecurities, and goals.
Helping women to find and embrace their feminine energy and to show up in their lives is such a blessing, especially if I can help them to feel fitter, happier, and healthier in the process.
If you want to lose weight, you don’t have to do it alone. Our Weight Loz community will be right by your side, and so will I.