Have you thought about starting a women’s group? Maybe you stop yourself because you don’t know where to begin or have some idea but can’t find the time to organize the group. It does take some time to organize the group – though not as much as you may think – and the benefits the women in the group receive are significant.
Women seem to come together to share everyday activities naturally. Life is easier when you can shop, exercise, or share a problem with a friend. So creating a group around a specific topic feeds us emotionally.
We have different relationships in our lives, all of which are important. Yet it’s the women in our lives who add silly laughter, endless hours of conversation, caring for us when we are ill, and a loving ear when we are hurting. Are you more relaxed with your women friends?
I started a women’s group in 1996 with the vision that women know how to brainstorm and help each other problem solve naturally. We would meet once a month over dinner, and the hostess picked a topic for the evening, usually around self-help. In the past, we’ve had psychic readings and massages, too.
Many of us have moved away from New York to other parts of the country. 26 years later, we now meet on Zoom to keep a special bond.
We’ve shared problems, joys, celebrations, and grandchildren. More importantly, we have each grown because of our consistent connections and the topics we have chosen to discuss.
When you first start a group, it may seem a bit awkward. The excitement is there, yet you haven’t bonded as a group. Over time, the group creates itself, and the power of gathering together impacts each one of you individually.
Why would you want to start a group? There are many reasons why women gather. In the old days, women formed “quilting bees” where they talked and shared the sewing. It’s all about sharing. So what would you like to share with other women?
Some Group Ideas
To jumpstart your thinking, here are some ideas that women are interested in:
- Parents gather together who have similar aged children.
- Women want to become financially savvy, so they start investment clubs.
- Spiritual circles – sharing a spiritual lifestyle.
- Women at work – professional women are creating mastermind groups to move them forward in their careers.
- Working moms – Moms don’t have to be alone in finding solutions to the challenges of working and creating a satisfying home life.
- Community-oriented – helping impact the communities we live in.
- Building a more substantial family – helping each other brainstorm how to create a loving and caring family.
- Cultural – plan outings to different cultural events.
- And more!
Society has changed significantly. There was a solid and extended family network for women in the past — for some of us, this may still be true. For many of us, our families reside in different places nowadays. So our women connections fill in the gaps. Each of us can build more vital lives on the strength of our relationships with other women.
Why not gather in one room, each member bringing their unique selves to share with others, so we can grow and build more robust lives. In today’s busy world, we need to find a place that is there for us, and building a community of women adds a lot of value to your life.
How to Start a Women’s Group
If you are interested in starting a women’s group and want step-by-step support in visioning and starting your group, check out www.womens-group.net for everything you need to create a successful group.
“To fully enjoy the ‘richness’ of our lives, we need to stop long enough to visit with ourselves.”
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