Inspiring a Community of Women

pixelproject_womenThe saying “no man is an island” applies to women as well. Building a strong community of friends requires work but the rewards are well worth the effort. Inspire My Life’s Women’s motivational programs help you forge strong relationships with others who share your passion and belief in yourself. We work together to bring you programs that inspire, motivate and challenge you to grow both as an individual and as part of a supportive group.

My Communities

Communities are not only the people who live in our neighborhood. You also have communities built on common interests. A group of women may begin to meet to discuss their health, their goals, managing jobs and children, or to focus on making a world change. Many of our greatest charities and philanthropic organizations were begun by communities of women just like you.

You probably already belong to several communities, even if you were not aware of the fact. The people with whom you work, socialize, or volunteer are all part of your individual communities.

Making New Communities

Do you have a dream or goal you would like to achieve? It is possible that you can do it yourself; it is more likely you will need some help. This is where forming a new community becomes vital. When you join forces with others who have the same goals as you, your collective strength becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

Communities are not only about reaching goals, however. They are also about offering support to those who may need it. By sharing each other’s burdens, your community makes possible a greater strength on the part of each of its members.

How Forming a Community Can Help You

One of the biggest benefits of forming a new community is the personal satisfaction and growth you receive from the effort. By sharing your time, talents and unique personal strength with others, you can grow personally and become better at what you do, and thrive knowing that others know that and respond to it, as well.

When you offer your help to others, amazing things begin to happen in your life. You become part of an effort bigger than yourself, and you get to see first-hand the result of your labors. You never know just how much of an impact your offer of help will have on someone else.

You may be the one person that someone needs to see or hear in order to solve a problem and lead a better life. This is a powerful motivator, because all of us have a deep need to be helpful and useful to others.

How Can I Form a Community?

Sometimes, communities simply “happen”, but in most cases they are planned. Think about the things that you find important; do you see a need for help or change in this area? Once you have defined your goals, reach out to others with similar interests. The Internet has made this nearly effortless. If there is already a community that meets the need you have defined, become a part of it. Most people are happy to welcome new members into their community provided these individuals are willing to work together with others for a common goal.

Becoming part of a community means more than just showing up for a meeting. Embrace the communities around you and you will become a vital and important part of a group that is working toward a common outcome. Inspire My Life’s Women’s programs can help you achieve your personal goals of growth and change while bringing you together with other women who can become a vital and integral part of your life.

This guest post was written by Terry Phelps, a freelance writer who is working her way to writing full-time to support herself. She lights up when discussing personal development and foundation belief change.

 

 

How to find inspiration in our daily lives

Monday through Friday it’s the same thing. I wake up, groggily make my way to the bathroom, shower, brush my teeth, get ready, grab something to eat, drive to work, get annoyed with traffic, work, come home. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  Sound familiar?

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We feel uninspired, unmotivated, and unfulfilled. So how do we crawl out way out of this and continue to run as far as we can away from that black hole of numbness? Well, it’s probably different for all of us, but here are some things I’ve found.

 Culture existing hobbies and find new ones. If we find ourselves sitting in a vat of routine, mix it up with activities you enjoy. Learn to play the guitar, become a marathon runner, paint murals, read entire novels; really your choices are endless. If it makes you happy, do it.

Do something spontaneous. It doesn’t have to be something big, but do something that is unplanned. Go to a free concert, have dinner in a park, go for a drive. This will break up that feeling of routine and get your creative juices flowing again.

Find inspiration in others. When I feel like I’m not living up to my potential, I like to look at people who are. It gives me hope that maybe I will be able to do the same. This week I found the project Makers, about women who have changed industries and blazed the trail for the rest of us. If they can’t make me want to go and change the world, I don’t know what will.

Treat yourself. If it’s been a particularly routine and uneventful day, take yourself on a date. Take yourself to ice cream or get that iced coffee that is way too many calories but just tastes so good. Indulge yourself in the comfort food that always lifts your spirit. You deserve it.

Listen to music. When I’m feeling especially dull, I resort to sticking those two ear buds in that will beat my ear drums into my brain with inspirational songs. We all have those albums that bring us out of our shells and help us remember who we are again. Really, this rarely fails to at least raise me to the edge of the ditch I’m in so I can pull myself out. Don’t underestimate this power.

So what works for you? Sometimes I like to tell myself that I’m not in a rut and I fight it and fight it until I’m in deep. So deep that it takes lots of ice cream and spontaneously jumping into way-too-cold bodies of water to get me out. So I’m trying to remember the little things that inspire me, so I don’t have to keep jumping in cold lakes.

Famous Women Quotes: Anne Frank and finding the best from the worst

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

-Anne Frank

Anne Frank is well known for the writings in her diary that continue to inspire and educate people to this day. Her stories of living in hiding in Amsterdam during the second World War bring light to what it means to be trapped and fearful for one’s life on a daily basis. We find inspiration at Anne Frank because of her ability to still be positive during this time in her life. Anne died of typhus after living in a concentration camp in some of the worst conditions a group of humans have ever had to face. Anne reminds us that there is beauty in life, even at the worst of times. This quote is one of our favorites. We know that women are constantly trying to improve the world and looking to find more ways to do so. This quote highlights how we don’t need to wait before doing so.