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Why It’s Time to Open Up

I just returned home after 2 1/2 weeks of travel and oh does it feel good to be home! Part of the time, I spent 6 days with 30 people at a retreat called Awaken the Heart. Now, while I’m a self-proclaimed personal development junkie and have been excited about this event for about 4 months, I also had TONS of trepidation.

  1. I knew it was would be a pretty emotional experience but had no clue what we were going to be doing. All we were told was “Yoga starts at 8 AM Thursday and the retreat ends sometime Tuesday.”
  2. One of the only people I knew before the retreat wanted me to share a room – with 4 (yes 4!!) people. No. Personal. Space.
  3. I value vulnerability above anything in relationships – AND it’s something that’s still hard for me sometimes. #workinprogress
  4. Ditching all tech (phones, TV, etc) was STRONGLY encouraged for the week.
  5. AND, if all that wasn’t enough, when I arrived, already nervous, I walked into a room of virtual strangers sitting in a half-circle facing at each other. I wanted to turn around and make a run for it. I mean, WTF was I about to get myself into??

**Spoiler alert** – I didn’t run – and I can honestly say those 6 days changed my life.  Read more…

12 Dinner Parties Focused on Connecting Not Impressing

I think it’s safe to say, no matter your personal politics and views, this week has been an emotional rollercoaster. Families, friendships and communities have been damaged by intense rhetoric and feelings from every angle. There’s no such thing as meaningful, respectful discourse anymore because we don’t create the space to really talk to each other…or to listen. Read more…

How to Turn the Tables on Girls Night Small Talk

Conversation is one of the most natural ways women connect. We use it to blow off steam, feel closer to friends, solve problems and share experiences. But let’s be real. Sometimes the conversation at girls nights can be a little, um, lacking in the substance department. Read more…

Finding Friends Who REALLY Get You When Old Ones Can’t Relate

As our lives unfold, hanging onto that place you fit socially is freaking hard. We grow, evolve and move into different stages, usually at different times, and, in an instant, those go-to people you’ve always counted on can no longer relate. Read more…

A Perfect Excuse for the Connection You Need

Life as a mom of young kids is challenging. Long days when they try your patience are hard. And even harder if you’re a military wife living abroad. Three years ago Katie moved to Japan, while her husband was stationed there in the U. S. Air Force. Even with the great community around her, she found it easy to forget to take a time out for her. Just before leaving Japan to return to the states, she got a girls night on the books and realized just how much she really needed that time to connect — once she did it. Here’s what she had to say…  Read more…

The Truth: Are Dinner Groups Really Worth the Work?

When people find out I’ve been in a dinner group that’s been going since 2009, they’re astonished – especially when they find out we’ve stuck to it through 4 moves, 2 weddings, 2 house renovations, 3 (soon to be 4) babies, career changes, and all sorts of other challenges  that would make any reasonable person bow out from having friends over for dinner. As you can imagine, there’s major curiosity about how we’ve made it work, so here’s a roundup of the questions I get asked most.  Read more…