My podcast and coaching program are for women who have walked through fire and are ready to come out gold. In my opinion, that happens best in community…you know, the whole “it takes a village” thing, so today we’re going to dive into all things community.
Donald Miller is the author of one of my top five books of all time, Scary Close, among many others. Recently he and his wife Betsy had a precious baby girl, Emmeline. The other day on Instagram he posted a picture of her fresh from a bath with her little hoodie towel and he shared his simple nightly prayer for his daughter: that she would have the wisdom to choose good friends and the ambition to create community. Man oh man… that one hit me dead in the heart because I think it should be what each of us is hoping and praying for – for ourselves and for all the people we love because the truth is: with a supportive, encouraging community there’s nothing we can’t do.
May I ask where you are in terms of community? Personally, I am desperate for community. I am so tired of waiting for things to return to “normal” I’ve decided to follow Donald Miller’s advice and get ambitious about cultivating a community of my own with like-minded women. I want to stand should-to-shoulder with other women who are tired of playing small and are ready to start living into the full power and awesomeness of who they were created to be…women done with living a life built on the “shoulds” of others.
I looked up the definition of community and found this” “Community is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” We need to understand healthy community doesn’t require sameness. It involves choosing to see commonalities more than we focus on differences.
I am desperate to build a community of women willing to bring their brokenness and their mess instead of presenting a bunch of filtered, photo-shopped images to the world. I long to lock arms with other women who will fight FOR their sisters…a safe space for women of all shapes, sizes, skin tones, backgrounds, and cultures where we can each take our place at the table knowing there is room for everyone.
And so here I am tossing my hat in the ring to create what it is I long to come upon, what my soul longs to experience. And I hope you will join me in this because I can’t do it on my own. I heard someone say the other day that community is about getting into the ocean with people who won’t let you drown and that, my friend, will certainly be the kind of space I hope we create together.
So how are we going to do this? I’m so glad you asked…