First things first let’s unpack my baggage. I went to an all girls school, it was bitchy as hell. My first foray into the working world was the fiercely competitive world of modelling. Let’s just say I struggle to discern genuine sisterhood from the superficial. Women have sophisticated survival mechanisms! Similarly when I worked as a fashion intern for a magazine and within the ‘creative family’ surrounds of a brand agency, women were rarely kind to one another. So overall I’ve gone through life not really liking or trusting women. Sad but true. Things changed when I moved to Australia and girls were ‘friendly’ and ‘nice’ I made true, lasting friendships. This was new and I loved it. Slowly trust crept back in – I was like a dog’s trust rescue pup with a kind, foster family and my tail began to gently wag again.
More recently I have come to realise the importance of having other women to learn from, lean on and share with. I used to think of gatherings of women as either witchy-hippy, red-tent, naked, tribal and ritualistic or else prim, buttoned up, Women’s Institute, sloe gin, Jerusalem and judgmental. There was never a happy medium. Unfortunately I see the emergence of the new “casual parenting, gin and red lipstick brigade” as a tribe I couldn’t relate to either, it felt a bit contrived. But then, there I was again, judging! I have joined a tribe. We are “The Doves” and we are all mindful mommas who are exploring our selves through collective sharing. I couldn’t be happier with the connections we made all facilitated through this fabulous woman – Karen, at A Tribe Called Woman.
Karen is a life coach who specialises in female empowerment, the divine feminine and is a “Spiritual Gangster”! Her business ‘A Tribe Called Woman’ should come with a stern advisory label. “Contact with this woman will dramatically change your life”! Her energy is infectious and her tireless work to connect and empower women is so inspiring. She walks her talk. Forget Amazon vouchers or manicures for future female presents, we need to be gifting each other life tokens for her workshops. I’ll post more later about the learnings that have come from sharing with other women but all I can say is it’s definitely a game changer. I now attend a monthly tribe meeting as well as a new moon sharing group, I’ll let you in to our “secret women’s business” next time.