I wanted today to talk a little bit about "women connecting with women". It is something that has been on my mind now for some time and I just haven't been able to put all my thoughts together yet but seeing as I have you all here to help - I thought I would just throw it out there.
Today I was reading Kelly Rae Roberts' blog and she has a new series on moms and art. While this is not exactly where I am at today (ie my son is 14) Kelly does talk about the power of women connecting.
I recently was talking to some girlfriends about the undeniable power of women connecting with women that I experienced while I was at the Creat NJ retreat. I was telling them that there is nothing like the strength and power that comes as a result of two or more women connecting. Unless you have not experienced that feeling let me give you a few more examples.
After returning to work after my son was born I began talking to a lot of new mothers. During these discussions I realized that it was not only me who had experienced serious post partum depression. Many of the mothers I talked to had experienced the same thing. But we had all experienced it alone, being too ashamed to admit that we were so depressed at a time when we should have been so happy bringing a child into the world. I felt then that it was a shame that women didn't gather together more to discuss these things. I would have known that I was not alone much sooner.
Recently, I also began being more open about anxiety and how it has affected me and different ways I have overcome it. As I began to open up again more and more women told me they experienced the same thing. Why did we not share this earlier in our lives. These were women I know and had had many conversations with but god forbid we should talk about our problems with anxiety - our friends would think we were less than perfect.
I give you these examples just to say how important it is that women connect - whether through talking, sharing or art.
I have long wanted to do something here on my blog that allows women to connect. Yes I have this blog to share my art, to become know and famous in the art world and become wildly successful as an artist, BUT also, too, I really have found that my blog is a way to connect with other women. Something I have been missing in my life.
So I am throwing this out to you for ideas. What could we do today to connect women more closely together. How could I use my blog to help us all connect. Do you have any ideas on this - on how I could, through my art, help us all connect.
I'll have more on this on other posts since it has been on my mind as a developing idea for some time.
Let me know your thoughts - we can make this happen together.