These days, there is a lot of talk about the need for a tribe. Many entrepreneurial groups tout the importance of a solid tribe. I know plenty of exhausted mothers who admit they would struggle through the week if they didn’t have their mom tribe. The specific definitions and uses for these groups may vary, but the underlying meaning is the same. A tribe is a group of like-minded people who will support and encourage you. It is the goal of this website. We did tinker with the idea strong girl tribe, but the collective aspect won out ultimately. 😉 Finding the right support system is important, but it can be difficult.
Here are a few tips to help you find your tribe:
Start with Your Hobbies: What do you love to do? Write? Craft? Exercise? Look for free classes in your area focusing on your hobbies. You may meet some awesome people that already have similar interests. There are a number of apps like Meetup, Smacktive and Peoplehunt that will help connect you to others nearby with the same interests.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: Many of us have friends we grew up with, and while they may be near and dear to our hearts… they may not be tribe material. To find people who will fit into your current goals and motivations you need to step out of your comfort zone. Desperate to find moms with kids the same age as your own? It may be easy to find events for kids that age, but you have to be willing to take it one step further and attempt to make friends. It isn’t always easy, but the possible rewards are worth it. Introduce yourself, ask questions, put yourself out there.
Don’t Knock the Web: I know a lot of people who feel the need to have a tribe nearby, a group they can actually meet with and talk to in person. However, in this digital age, I think a virtual tribe is just as helpful and genuine. Take this blog. The 4 gals behind this site have NEVER met in person. Ever. But that doesn’t mean we don’t consider each other true friends. I can talk to these women about things I rarely discuss with my friends. To be honest, my friends wouldn’t understand. They do not have my specific goals. But Cajun, Joanna and Julie get it. There are so many amazing online groups out there where you can make real connections, an online tribe… is still a tribe.
Ask Around: Talk to friends and family about what you are looking for. They may know of a group that you would enjoy, or have a friend with similar goals who you have never met. It doesn’t hurt to ask and you may just find some awesome new friends.
Join OUR Tribe: Here at SGC we are all about supporting and empowering women. We have so many exciting things in store for this site and we would love for as many like-minded people to join us in this journey! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our updates.