Friends are the true wealth.
One day I will write about the ways dear ones have bridged gaps for us in the last few months. I am grateful beyond measure. The road is still long ahead, but little by little we will emerge to a new, more manageable life–I pray.
Anyone who knows my heart knows that I prefer giving and sharing. In fact, I have to self-talk that it is ok to receive. It is ok to accept help. It is ok to allow people into our mess.
When I shared the latest stalled house sale update with my mastermind group, the ladies jumped in with their talents to do what they can. I am sure the words “stuck” and “tired” glow on my forehead.
One of the masterminds, Jill, is an interior designer. She offered to come New Years day to transform the blank front room of our house. “Staging” a home is important. She brought an SUV full of items and went to work.
What once was empty and lacked imagination now has a welcoming vibe with pops of color.
I suspect when people walk in they will smile. Jill is a genius. Here is a link to some of her great home decorating advice. I will add more links to her blogs and website later.
This is a short post because I must get back to getting the house ready for a new realtor. I will sort and pack as much as I can today.
This hymn’s song lyrics play through my head often:
“He said ‘Freely, freely you have received; freely, freely give.
Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.”
I visualize a life where my capacity grows and I can be more supportive to others again.
I’ll give it one month, maybe two, then decide if this is for me, I thought in the fall of 2016.
A new friend, Jill, said something along the lines of, “You, two other women I know and myself have a lot in common. We do different work but have similar entrepreneurial spirits.”
Did I need or want one more thing to juggle on my calendar? Nope! Yet she captured my interest, so I went.
There are four of us. Our rules are simple:
- We meet once per month for an hour and give grace to plan occasional 5-6 week stretches during busy times of the year.
- One person is on the “hot seat” per Mastermind meeting. That person brings any topic or project they wish to discuss. The hot seat person opens the discussion. Once their introduction is complete, then the other three brainstorm ideas, ways to help, suggest people to connect with, and more.
- We pick the next date to meet and rotate the hot seat person.
We enjoy the simplicity, the safe space, and the shared wisdom from a variety of business and educational experiences. Over time precious friendships have formed or strengthened.
Mastermind groups can begin with people you know or don’t know. There are resources online or you can build one as you desire.
I adore the ladies in our group. I appreciate the way we help one another expand our thinking and encourage one another’s growth. My two-month trial turned into multiple years and is going strong.
Would a Masterminds group be helpful to you in the new year?