The Company of Women

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream…

Around and around they go; songs in a round, much like life. Except life isn’t always “but a dream”.

This is the beginning of a new chapter for me. I need to write it out as it unfolds. I’ll be honest. The changes I’m going through right now, emotionally and spiritually, and relationally are a bit of a shitstorm at times.

I recently asked around in a ladies-only FB group I belong to, to see how many others around my age (mid-40s) are going through similar spiritual, life, and mindset changes as I am. I was completely blown away. There are SO MANY of us who have had major mind shifts. We’ve decided that enough is enough. We can’t take the status quo anymore. We don’t want to DO it (whatever IT is that we’re “expected” to do) anymore.  Or, we don’t BELIEVE that way anymore!

 When your core beliefs shift, it really opens your eyes.

You begin to notice that many of the things you believed in the past were jaded, warped, or influenced by someone or something else that you allowed to direct you. Boy, that’s sure a heavy hitter, too. And if you’re trying to muddle through this shift by yourself, you will be surviving, but maybe not thriving.

I never realized I needed a tribe of women around me until I found one.

I have always needed girlfriends, but this is different. I fell into this amazing tribe of warrior women. They’re single and married, employed, self-employed, SAHMs, and retired. They’re friends and artists and musicians and healers and executives and CNAs and they come from every industry. I think every state in the entire US, along with a few Canadians and Aussies and maybe even a few from other nations as well. This isn’t a small group, but we’re supportive of one another.

I’m gaining strength from these strong women.

I’m learning how to stand up for myself, establish boundaries to protect myself, and sort out exactly how I feel about critical issues that make me, me. I see such a need for women in their late 30s and beyond who are going through these changes.

We need one another, ladies.

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