To say that our Mom’s group has been uplifting is not giving credit where credit is due. This small intimate group of women, of all different backgrounds is willing to express their deepest feelings on a weekly basis. But it wasn’t always this way. On the list of things-to-do, being vulnerable isn’t exactly on the priority end of it. But I’m so impressed with our group and with myself (takes bow) for crossing a path that has been barren for years! The path of friendship, loyalty and support is a difficult path to find, but once it’s in sight, the walk becomes a life-long stroll.
Sidenote, If you are slightly unaware of what I’m talking about, I meet every week with women (mostly Mom’s but not always) who attend Mosaic Church in the heart of Hollywood. Literally on the corner of La Brea and Holywood, just feet from the Elvis Presley star. We have met all over Los Angeles at different locations. (You know how that Mom life be LOL)
Before this group, I met with no one. I dodged all play dates and invitations to parties. Even when I forced myself to go, the only effort I made was to the snack table so I could look too busy scarfing carbs to speak to anyone. It was really a poor effort. However, since meeting the women at Mosaic, I’ve become more open to hanging out and even inviting them over to my house which hadn’t really seen a whole lot of traffic as far as people go. Like Elsa from Frozen, I let so much go clearing out room for love, help and the occasional tear-filled moment.
During one of our meetings, we were all saying one word that could sum up what we wanted to work on as individuals and what we wanted to plant in the world. After going around the room and coming full circle, something made so much sense, my head was going to explode. We were all consciously deciding that we were failing even before we started down the path of success. Ironically, the thing that we were attempting to accomplish and work on, was the exact thing that proves our misconceptions about ourselves, wrong. For example, You think your not fit enough but you signed up for a 5k. You think that your not helpful when you literally just offered a desperate friend to babysit her kids. You think you’re not brave but you are putting all your struggles on the table and sharing painful truths with others so that they know thy’re not alone. You think you have no influence when your blog is generating tons of views and your DM is filling with questions? Girl!
We consistently feel as though we are not enough. It was so powerful to witness every woman in the group search themselves for their word and quietly speak it into existence. Speaking their own truth led to uplifting affirmations and generous examples to back them up. We had each others backs.
Now it’s so apparent that our feelings of not enough, keep proving to ourselves that we ARE enough. We each harness the power to achieve success. But dormant dreams go by the wayside if we are constantly downgrading ourselves. In the end, I expressed my observation to the group and we ended in prayer. As mentioned in the intro, to say that this group has bettered my life and personal growth, is not saying enough. Surrounding myself with friends who can uplift me and make kind suggestions to help me has all but diminished my anxiety. It’s now been years since my last attack.
Photos by Jenny from theHungarianBrunette.com
If you are in the LA area and you need a friend, please don’t hesitate to message me! I want to be able to help you and invite you to our women’s group. We have free childcare and snacks. You are not required to have kids either!
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Until next time,