There is nothing like the support of your tribe; a group of women who show up when least expected. Your tribe can provide support during challenging times like the loss of a loved one, a divorce or illness. They can also provide encouragement during exciting times like starting a business, getting married or changing careers. These special women in our lives; our best friends; our chosen family; our sister friends; our mentors; are the ones who make us smile a little brighter, laugh a little louder, and live a little better. They should be celebrated.
Women have often put the needs and feelings of others ahead of their own. They carry the weight of the world on their shoulders to make it a little easier for their loved ones. They often do this at the expense of their own health and happiness.
Sometimes women think it’s not possible to change the course of their lives because it’s too overwhelming. They put it on the back burner thinking they’ll get to it later. They are often too tired to make a move and too exhausted to begin focusing on areas of their lives that need work. They end up waiting for change to happen, but it never does. Well I am here to tell you that you are the change. You don’t need to wait on anyone else. You must learn to let go of guilt and the idea of being perfect, and strategically work on developing the life you want.
I wrote my new book for women who are ready to make the changes necessary to live the life they want; for women who constantly feel strapped for time and guilty about shortchanging someone or something.
Excerpt from Take Back Your Life: A Working Mom's Guide to Work-Life Balance. Here's my love letter:
"Thank you to the women (my tribe) who have been a part of my journey and who keep breathing life into me when I’m depleted. You hold a piece of a puzzle that defines me and tells my story. Thank you for loving me unconditionally, for supporting me, for crying with me, pushing me beyond my comfort zone and praising me so that I could do this; live this dream to be this person. I want each of you to know that you matter. I encourage you to stay whole and to take care of yourselves, so we can continue to pay it forward."
Michelle Obama stated, “We should always have three friends in our lives-one who walks ahead, who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way.”
Who makes up your tribe? Who do you turn to when you are facing a challenging situation? Who celebrates you? Identify your tribe and let them know how much they mean to you. Tag them on social media using #ILOVEMYTRIBE
Peace and Blessings,