Last week we hosted our first #StrongGirlTribe Twitter chat and it was so much fun to connect with YOU! I walked away from the chat with a realization that as women, we don’t spend nearly enough time encouraging other woman. We’re often quick to judge, or make comments behind their back, or find ways to compare ourselves so we come out looking better, but not nearly enough time simply encouraging each other. To offer a kind word during a difficult situation, to cheer each other on towards goals (even if we’re not meeting our own goals!), to congratulate each other on an accomplishment, or to celebrate each other. What would it look like if we took time every day to be intentional about encouraging other women?
We’ve shared suggestions on how to find your tribe, but once you have them…here are a few ways you can be encouraging your tribe!
*Write a handwritten note. I keep a stack of notecards and postage stamps on my desk so that I can easily send out handwritten notes. As you’re scrolling through Facebook and notice a friend share they had a rough day, grab a notecard and jot her an encouraging note and drop it in the mail. If a friend posts an exciting accomplishment, grab a notecard and jot her an congratulatory note. There is just something about getting a note in the mail that brightens anyone’s day
*Pick up the phone. It can be so easy to think we’ve shown support and/or encouragement by simply commenting on someone’s Facebook status, but what if you took it one step further and picked up your phone to send them an encouraging text or make an encouraging phone call? I know I am always encouraged when I see someone took the time to send me an uplifting text!
*Plan a girls night. Plan a girls night to celebrate promotions, reaching new goals, or just for some fun and encouraging inspiration!
*Share inspiration. See an inspiring quote? Pass it on to your friends and let them know that you’re thinking of them as they work towards a particular goal. If you read one of these motivational books, pass it on to a friend and let them know you’re rooting from them to pursue their dreams.
*Take notes. When you’re having conversations with friends, jot down important upcoming events so you can encourage them when the time comes. If a friend shares they have a big meeting coming up at work, set a reminder in your phone to text her before her big meeting.
How can you be intentional about encouraging other women?