Women who are busy with family, homes, careers, and outside commitments can benefit from a community in many ways. Like-minded women collaboratively help one another and offer support as they deal with similar stresses, commitments, thoughts, goals, and challenges.
At times, many of us have been tempted to put more value on the number of friends we have, the number of social media accounts we belong to, and the number of people who follow us. Wanting more than just a numbers game, though, we move to a different perspective. We recognize the importance of having connections that are genuine, authentic and in alignment with our values.
People connect with and join groups for a variety of reasons. Some women join communities to gain support, motivation, and drive (both personally and professionally). Others may look for a social outlet to offset a life that is filled with taking care of the home and family. Some women may be looking for a group that helps them to find personal improvement and a broader dimension to life. There are a variety of reasons to join groups but when you find one that aligns with you, it’s a pretty incredible experience.
That was my experience when I went to my first Wholistic Woman Retreat. I was introduced to the community by a friend who was a regular attendee and advocate for the group. I remember going with an open mind even though I was unsure what to expect. I was excited, and also a little nervous. I really enjoyed the program because it allowed me to meet new women, connect with others, learn about the group and have a good understanding of the group’s mission and message.
One of the most memorable moments of the night was when I met one of the founding coaches. She welcomed me in a way that made me feel as if I was already part of the group! I found that I resonated with the entire community and enjoyed hearing the other women share their stories. I had an overwhelming sense of calm and connection which was in sharp contrast to the nervousness that I began the evening with. I even felt safe enough to share some of my own experiences with the group. In doing so I noticed that I was able to be vulnerable without judgment or feelings of shame. It was an incredibly empowering experience; one that left me wanting to come back the following month. Now I am grateful to be both a member and a partner coach with the Wholistic Coaching Coalition. That’s how much of an impact the group has had on my life, as well as in the lives of many other women. In this community, I often hear women share similar experiences, thoughts, and observations as I have had.
Being a partner coach and a member of this amazing community, I have seen myself and others grow not only personally but professionally too. The coaches and community provide tools, support, education, opportunities for growth and personal development in a variety of ways. I love what Wholistic Woman provides in my life, the lives of others and how much they give to the community. No matter where you are in your life, the Wholistic Woman community provides a welcoming space for all.
Where some groups may separate social, spiritual, business, and personal aspect of life, the Wholistic approach shows how these elements can flow easily with one another. Each part adds a new dimension and sense of unity. When we get together at our monthly evening retreats, we share stories and observations related to the topic. We discuss a variety of strategies, thoughts, ideas, and experiences to help us evolve and be our best.
This community can help you grow personally, expand your business, reach your goals, connect you with new friends, discover new interests and exercise your creativity.
I believe that we all have within us what we need to be “whole.” What makes the experience of growing towards wholeness even better is to have friends to share the journey with.
To learn more about the Wholistic Woman Community’s coaching events, visit www.wholisticwomanretreats.com.
You’re invited to meet the women of this wonderfully supportive community at our next evening retreat, Be Connected, on Feb. 27. Click here for details.
Today’s author: Kim Wilson is a retired police officer with a huge passion for helping others and working in the community. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Towson University. For more information on Kim and how she is empowering women to live the nourished life, please visit her website.