No matter your personal beliefs, I think we can all agree that 2018 is a very interesting time to be a woman. There have been many movements beginning and gathering steam in the past few years. And it certainly feels like women are banding together in ways that we haven’t in decades!
The drawing together of women across our country has woken me up to the importance of a strong community of women in my own life.
It has made me ask myself: what is sisterhood? Do I have a strong sisterhood community? How can I be a better sister to the women around me?
Being a mom can feel very isolating, especially when our children are babies and toddlers. As a stay-at-home-mom, there will be literal WEEKS that go by without my engaging in community with other women. I have recognized that sisterhood is vital to my mental health. And I think it would benefit us all to make more time to engage with the women in our communities!
There is something truly beautiful about sharing in the struggles and joys with our fellow women. A mom friend sharing a story about her toddler also pooping in the bathtub. (I thought it was only my kids!) Or celebrating with me as my kid sleeps through the night for the first time brings a sense of camaraderie that can only come from another mama.
Even (and sometimes especially) our friends who don’t have kids can bring us encouragement as mothers and women.
It really does take a village to raise a child, but I also believe it takes a village to build up strong women, too! Words of encouragement, statements of “you are enough,” and belly laughs amongst girlfriends are sometimes as good as therapy–and much cheaper!
How are you engaging with women in your community? Do you have a sisterhood surrounding you? Do you feel isolated and alone and in need of some good old-fashioned girl power?