Women Connecting With Women

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s this: Never underestimate the power of connections. As women, building close relationships with one another can be incredibly valuable for us – both in our careers and our personal lives.

Why is this the case? It’s probably because women face similar challenges, and we deal with those challenges and triumphs differently than men. We think differently. The last time you had a bad day, did you reach out to a man to talk about it? Likely not. Instead, most of us probably called our mom, our sister, or our girlfriend.

As women, we relate to and understand one another. We look up to one another as role models. And we have the unique ability to support one another. Whether you realize it or not, female solidarity a powerful thing, and it can be a major source of happiness and fulfillment in your life.

So, how do you make meaningful connections with women?

You can let your relationships evolve naturally, but sometimes a little push won’t hurt. When you meet someone who is particularly inspiring to you, don’t be afraid to express how you feel and ask questions. Tell her you’re interested in learning from her. Most women will graciously accept the role of mentor!

By the same token, don’t be shy about taking someone under your wing. Take every opportunity to teach and inspire others who look up to you. Offer support and friendship whenever you can.

This advice holds true in your personal life as much as it does in business. And often, these two worlds aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m sure you’re good friends with former (or current) co-workers. I know I am!

One of my favorite examples of women connecting with women is a “mastermind group,” or peer-to-peer mentoring. As Chic CEO describes it, “A group of smart people meet weekly, monthly, daily even if it makes sense, to tackle challenges and problems together. They lean on each other, give advice, share connections and do business with each other when appropriate.”

In my experience, joining a mastermind group gives you the best of both worlds. You reap the rewards of collaboration and advisement while also making meaningful friendships. A mastermind can give you huge boosts in your profession and your personal life. You’ll learn, make connections, and find solutions.

These groups are typically small and invitation only. They don’t have to be exclusive to women, but I love the idea of all-female groups. Meetings are usually structured, with participants taking turns sharing their goals and experiences. The major benefit of this is that it keeps you accountable. You’re much more likely to achieve your goals if you’re talking about them in front of people on a weekly or monthly basis.

How do you find a mastermind group? According to Smart Passive Income, “It never hurts to ask someone in your niche if they know of any that you could participate in. You might be surprised.”

If word of mouth doesn’t work for you, start your own group! Ask a few like-minded women with common interests to join you. In turn, they’ll probably have their own connections you can reach out to, and your group will take off. Let the networking begin!

Have you joined a mastermind group or had a particularly valuable experience connecting with women? I’d love to hear about it!

Remarkable Women Podcast – Lindsay Eland

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Lindsay Eland is a Remarkable Woman from Breckenridge, CO. She is a mom of 4 kids and has 4 dogs and 4 lizards living in their mountain home now! She is a Yoga instructor, animal lover, and a published author of 3 books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 9-12). Her zest for life is evident and contagious! I was honored to interview her.

You will hear her heart and passion come through as she shares about her decision to write for children in that transition phase to the teenage years. She is intrigued by that stage of life and enjoys speaking courage, humor, and kindness into their lives through story.

The life of an author is inherently challenging, and Lindsay is keen to the risk of putting herself out there and feeling that sting of rejection – from either publishers or reviewers. She shares about how she overcomes that daily challenge. I completely resonated with her focus and passion. She genuinely loves what she does, is determined to go after her dreams and has seen the reward of that belief.

Her advice for women was along those lines. Hear her passion as she reminds us to “Never, ever give up!” Ever.

I’ve always been curious as to where authors get ideas for their stories, and so during our interview, I was able to ask Lindsay! Her answer made me want to live life as an author – eyes wide open, observing and paying close attention to all the little details that most of us miss in the daily grind.

If you have children in those Middle Grade years, you do not want to miss her novels. Your children will fall in love with the characters and resonate with the plot. You can find them all on Amazon:

And you can read more about Lindsay, follow her blog and contact her from her website at LindsayEland.com.

Optimism and Achievement

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When a person thinks optimistically, more often than not, those positive thoughts lead to actions which lead to great results.

They have great faith that opportunities will come, obstacles can be overcome, and dreams can indeed come true with great effort.

I have seen that true in my own life as well as in the lives of many of my friends and colleagues. It’s almost like “magic.”

Optimism is a belief as much as it is a habit. Practice it as much as you can and see where it leads!

 

 

 

Remarkable Events

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Women have made their mark in history, and it’s inspiring to often go back and reflect on all the milestones of “firsts” in our country. They remind us of the vision and passion that is necessary to make change.

Reading the stories of these brave women show us how much time and effort is involved in going after a dream. Their courage and hard work paved the way for so many after them. For that, we are truly grateful!

Women’s Suffrage (1920)

Though the Seneca Falls Convention (1848) passed the resolution in favor of women’s right to vote, it took several decades for the nation to catch up. Hundreds and hundreds of women, including Ms. Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, worked tirelessly for the cause before the Nineteenth Amendment finally became law and women in every state could legally vote.

Equal Pay Act (1963)

Signed into law by John F. Kennedy and first championed by Congresswoman Winifred C. Stanley, the Equal Pay Act abolished wage disparity based on sex. Since then, women’s salaries have increased relative to men’s – and women everywhere have been empowered to expect (and demand) pay based upon merit rather than gender.

First Fortune 500 CEO (1972)

When Katharine Graham became CEO of The Washington Post Company in 1972, she had no female role models to follow. She was a trailblazer, and she leveraged her position to promote gender equality at the Post and beyond. She led the newspaper for more than two decades, seeing it through the Watergate conspiracy and resignation of President Nixon.

First Woman in Space (1983)

On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space as a crewmember on the space shuttle Challenger STS-7. Over the course of two missions and 343 hours in space, she helped develop the space shuttle’s robot arm and became the first woman to use it to retrieve a satellite in space. She also remains the youngest astronaut to have traveled in space (she was 32 at the time of her first mission).

First Oscar for Best Director (2010)

In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the first (and only) woman in the 82-year history of the Academy Awards to receive the award for Best Director (for the war film The Hurt Locker). She was also the first woman to receive the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Director.

Looking back, you can see that these remarkable events in women’s history encompass many different areas, from government to business, science to entertainment. And women just like you and me continue to make history and achieve more “firsts” every day.

I hope you’re inspired by these stories of those before us, and empower to go out and drive your own remarkable achievements!

Be Remarkable

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As the founder of Remarkable Women, I’m all about women’s successes. I love to facilitate meaningful connections that help women to reach their full potential – to truly be remarkable.

So what does it mean to be a remarkable woman? It means you are uncommon, noticeable, prominent, and outstanding.

In his book, Purple Cow, Seth Godin describes the key to being remarkable as finding a way to stand out (in other words, being the purple cow in a field of Holsteins). And some people say that if you’re not remarkable, you might as well be invisible. Given the choice, I’m pretty sure most all of us would want to be remarkable.

So how do we do that?

For me, being remarkable means being a leader – inspiring others, supporting them, and empowering them. And more than that, it means empowering myself. Being positive and strong.

As women, we need to be reminded that it is okay to put ourselves first. We should be proud of what we do and give ourselves full credit for our successes – even if those successes are in the home! Stay-at-home moms are among the most remarkable women I know.

But whether you derive your success from taking care of your household or working a 40-hour-a-week job, you can constantly find ways to be remarkable…

Lead.

A leader is not just someone people want to follow, but someone people respect and trust. In everything you do, be that person! Be the type of person you would want to follow (and not because you have to, because you want to). Leaders consistently demonstrate confidence, courage, passion, generosity, and respect. Even if you don’t realize it, you might be a leader already!

Inspire.

Inspiring people is all about living your values. Don’t just say it, live it. For instance, if you care about animals, make that passion a part of your lifestyle (i.e., don’t wear fur, don’t eat meat, etc.). These daily choices speak volumes to others. We inspire by living inspired lives. When your values and ideals are in harmony with your lifestyle, inspiring others comes easily.

Support.

Being truly supportive means keeping an open mind and listening to others. It means caring about their successes even if you don’t agree with their decisions. Sometimes, being supportive means putting others first – putting their needs ahead of your own. When you support others, that support will come back to you tenfold.

Empower.

Empowerment is about promoting self-actualization; it’s what I strive to do with this website and the presentations and speeches I give to women. I see empowerment as making women stronger – as giving them the confidence to truly be remarkable.

The truth is that everyone has the ability to be remarkable! We just need to give ourselves permission to do so. We have to believe that we can do it.

We control our own destinies. Every day, we make choices. And every day, we can – and should – decide to be remarkable. Believe it and you’ll live it. Seize those opportunities to lead, inspire, support, and empower. Go out there and be a remarkable woman!