First off, Susan gives her digital marketing tip of the week: simple, effective email marketing ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Check it out.
Then….. Our guest, Jennifer Gulbrand.
Jenn is a Mom on a mission to create a better world for our daughters – a world in which young women are taught the importance of their own self-worth, treated equally, and recognized for their individual gifts and contributions without judgement.
She’s an Entrepreneur who launched a women-owned business 18 years ago in the life sciences training space and continues to operate that business today.
Jenn wants to support other women-in-business and encourage them to follow their passions.
Jenn describes herself as a late-blooming Yogi on a life-long spiritual journey to find her zen and balance.
She is a self-proclaimed Warrior Goddess following her dream to give back to all the women who have inspired me to stand up for what she believes in.
All women are beautiful and deserve to be lifted up by the world and given the opportunity to shine bright like a diamond.
SheBreathes is Jenn’s way of supporting a modern evolution of the women’s movement. She created this community to hold space for women to practice self-care and experience sisterhood and support.
Women today are programmed to nurture and care for others, which is a wonderful thing! But at times, we deplete our energy by sending all of it outward, often neglecting our own needs. At SheBreathes, women tap into their feminine energy to encourage women to “learn to receive” – put themselves back on the list – and grant themselves permission to practice self-care, find their center, and accept goodness and possibility into their lives.
It’s no secret that women need strong connections with other women to feel whole. Studies suggest that powerful female friendships can have a measurable impact on overall health. When women bond together, they can make a meaningful difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.
Wisdom from Jenn:
Long before the over-scheduled work-week and the isolating days of social media, women lived in cultures where they supported one another in all aspects of life. Together they raised and protected children, foraged for food, and helped each other through life’s daily challenges. As humans and technology evolved, women became more independent and the time previously dedicated to togetherness became less important – or so it seemed. In fact, science shows that women are physically hard-wired to connect with each other. In times of stress or need, women release oxytocin, a hormone that compels one to nurture and bond. These bonds result in positive mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing and restore women to their true nature.
Further evidence on the positive effects of meaningful relationships on physical and mental health is found in a 2018 survey conducted by Ipsos/Cigna. The survey, which included more than 20,000 Americans ages 18 years and over, found that people who engage in frequent in-person interactions are not as lonely, and report better physical and mental health than those who do not spend quality time with others. These findings reinforce the social nature of humans and the importance of having a community – or “tribe.”
But in today’s disconnected and demanding world, how does one find a tribe? Here are some suggestions on where to start:
1. Look for people who share common interests and values
Seek out like-minded women who share your interests and help expand your universe. Take a class, join a wellness studio, attendee local meet-up groups, or start a club that focuses on a specific interest.
2. Identify your wants and needs
Ask yourself, “What personal need do I want to fulfill?” Be truthful in your answer, and leave self-doubt and judgment at the door. Follow your heart and the universe will attract compatible individuals.
3. Surround yourself with people that lift you up
Share your time with women that have your best interest at heart. Be part of a group that celebrates one another’s successes, but also helps each other weather the storms.
4. Be yourself
It’s easy to confuse what we think we like, with what we actually like. Different people have different interests, values, or goals. Be authentic and stay true to your beliefs, and your vibe will attract your tribe.
5. Trust your instincts
Finding your tribe may take some time, and that’s ok. Your heart and mind will when know you’ve made that special connection and found your soul-sisters.
When women come together in a supportive environment to laugh, explore, and share genuine experiences, we create a tribe which strengthens our community and our world. So take a moment to step back, breathe, and connect. Your tribe is waiting for you.
Jenn’s superpower: Having the courage to create a container for women to gather, support one another and co-create magic
Jenn’s book recommendation: Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell
How to reach Jenn and learn more about SheBreathes Balance and Wellness: www.shebreathesbalance.com