How strong is your sisterhood?
This past Saturday, I experienced millions of sisters and (and brothers) coming together in friendship, laughter, solidarity, and support. All around me, I witnessed mother/daughter combinations, friendships that looked like they dated back to before the arms march in the 60’s, as well as new friendships that signaled the beginning of something special.
I could sense the sisterhood at work. The keeper of each other’s dreams and desires, the knee-jerk reaction to tend to a friend’s child, and the endless, intimate conversations that ranged from unified chants to a shoulder to cry on. There was a mutual understanding of acceptance and protection.
I was reminded, in that very moment, how important our female friendships are, particularly as women and as mothers. Science has proven that strong, female friendships can have lasting effects on our bodies in way of decreasing blood pressure, lowering the chances of heart disease, and extending overall life expectancy.
It’s so easy as an ambitious Mama to get caught up with our ‘to-dos’, our children’s needs, and ‘lack of time’ story that we begin to ignore these friendships that make us feel heard. Seen. Understood. Loved. Safe. While some of these friendships might be easy to pick up after radio silence, you’re still depriving yourself of the much-needed benefits of female sisterhood.
Regardless if you were for the March or not, it’s my hope that you nurture your soul sister friendships and, if there are some that need to be ignited or reignited, that you make the space to do it.
Part of your recipe for success is energy. One of the ways you can derive energy is by surrounding yourself with women who accept you, inspire you, listen to you, support you, and love you.
So, let’s make it real. Are there any girlfriends in your life right now who you’re not feeling the love towards because of how you feel around them? If so, that’s okay. Let’s make space for the women who do fill you up. Remember, you’re here for a nanosecond of time.
Secondly, which women can you spark a connection with? The mom who lives down the street? Your yoga teacher? Which women can you deepen a connection to that, up to now, has felt surface-level? Is there an old friendship that needs some reinvesting? What do you need to do in order to increase your capacity to receive these friendships?
How amazing would it feel to look back on 2017 and have experienced connections that felt like a sisterhood?
It’s time to connect and collaborate, Mamas. It’s time to double down on our friendships.