This morning, our coaching group started up again. It has been about a month since we all got together but the holidays and craziness of December kept us from finding the time. We are back to our weekly meetings and off to a fresh start. When this group began, the intent was that it go for six weeks. Eleven MONTHS later, we are still together. We are a support group for each other. We have all gone through some difficult things over the last year and have found it a forum where we can vent, cry, shout, complain – just be real with each other. Getting back together after a month apart from them made me realize just how much I need this group – these women – in my life.
Our leader Tammy, is the one who got me involved in the group. She is truly amazing. Throughout her life, she has dealt with her own personal demons, yet has been a pillar to all of us and has been a huge cheerleader for me and my blog. She herself is an incredible writer. Her blog, Life Stories, is gut wrenching at times but she is honest and writes completely from the heart. She has gotten all of us to face our own fears and do things we never thought we were capable of.
A perfect example of this came with Kim, one of these amazing women. She has been writing since she was a child. She began sharing some of the things she writes with us and for months we tried to encourage her to start a blog and share them with others. I love reading what she has to say and although it took months of pleading with her, she began writing her blog, How to Overthink Almost Everything.
Today, at our session, we talked about how far we all have come in the months we have been together and how much we all still need to do. We talked everything we went through last year, the good and the bad. For 2014, we decided that we would focus on positive changes for ourselves. The word we are going to focus on this week is LOVE. Tammy and I both wrote for Five Minute Friday yesterday and she was inspired by the “one word theme.” We are going to take more than five minutes to focus on it, but LOVE is the word and I think it is a great way to start off the year. Love for family and friends. Love for our career, love in all areas… but most importantly love for OURSELVES. What better way to start off the year.