Connect to thrive

I grew up a bit of a tomboy. A tomboy in a dress that is. All our family and friends had boys. You see, boys were my natural default mode.

As I grew up, I have begun to understand and love the need and comfort that comes from being with women who are supportive of one another. The truth is, most of the women I’ve become friends with over the years have completely blown me away with their strength, wisdom and support.

I really am a much better person due to the amazing women role models I had and still have in my life. Starting with a strong and kind mother, to a best friend who lost her fight to leukemia, through to all the stories I hear of women coming together and making a difference with the daily sacrifices they make to give unselfishly to others.

So I guess what I am saying is that I need my tribe. My tribe is my social connection. They bring me happiness. I hope I bring them the same.

My tribe keeps me accountable. They make sure that I am walking the walk. I know that someone is looking over my shoulder and asking me the hard questions. They do it because they know that, in order to move forward, I need somebody besides myself to answer to.

My tribe gives me support. I have always been a person who hasn’t found it easy to ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong. My tribe is a constant source of support for me. From helping develop new ideas for Inbreathe to talking me through life’s small and large challenges when things seem really hard- I have depended on my tribe of women to help. Asking for help is a sign of strength– that’s what I have realised. It’s admitting that we do very little on our own and that when we ask for help, we are not only serving ourselves but those who surround us. We ask them to be in service to us, to give us strength so we can move forward and help others.

Being part of a tribe is transformative. It has helped me get to where I am now and where I am going and I am grateful for it.

It’s amazing what we can achieve together- collaborating…

Do you have a tribe? If you don’t, do yourself a favour and find one. Join a club or a networking group. Maybe through your neighborhood or your church you can find your tribe. Wherever you find your tribe, appreciate it and cherish it.

How has your tribe impacted you and what can you do to make sure you are giving even more than you get?

Thank you to all the awesome women in my life- past, present and future.