There is nothing like sitting in a room full of inspiring and empowering women who are there to share their story and support each other. We’ve all been in too many “girl group” situations where the smiles and hugs are really hiding passive aggressive sabotage and jealousy. Why is it so hard for women to form a community instead of competing with each other? It could be our society, where we are taught to compare ourselves to each other and benchmark against other people’s success, and it could just be in our nature to outdo the people around us.
But when you can find a group of women that are there genuinely to support and elevate each other – that’s when the magic happens. Every woman has their own goals, dreams, obstacles and flaws and the only way that we will all succeed is if we do it together. I attended Date Night’s Babes Who Brunch event which gathered over 25 women together to network and connect on a more vulnerable level. As we ate a three-course brunch at Starbelly we were given question cards that asked questions like “If money were no object, what would you do with your time?” and “What gets you out of bed in the morning?” We were encouraged to become vulnerable and openly reflect on our struggles, dreams and values. What I learned as I sat there listening to other women share their stories is that we are all the same, we all go through the same struggles and have the same fears. Even if we are at different stages in our lives, we all share a similar self-doubt and self-depreciating thoughts as we make our way through our day.
There is that saying, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” And it is most important to remember when you are in a group of boss babes; each woman is working towards her own goals and even if she seems flawless and successful on the outside doesn’t mean the journey to get there has been easy. It’s so easy to judge and be jealous, but at the end of the day if you can support and celebrate each other’s success it’s a win-win for everyone.
Anna Kozicky was the keynote speaker for the brunch and she made us laugh and cry as she shared her story of moving from corporate Calgary to a career she loves. After too many years spent not loving her day job, Anna took the leap into what really brings her joy and took her back to her dance roots. She now co-owns the Barre Belle Auburn Bay location; building relationships and glutes instead of spreadsheets. Throughout her speech she gave us five tips to take away:
- Think like an entrepreneur
- Learn from your mistakes and don’t dwell on them
- Pay attention to who is around when you both succeed and fail
- Don’t be afraid of change
- Stop trying to please your parents
It was an inspiring and motivating morning – sharing our stories and goals, our fears and limitations. Even though I didn’t get a chance to talk to every single woman that was there, you could feel the empowering energy in the room. This is the fifth Babes Who Brunch, and I can’t wait for the next one: May 27th with Jessica Jansen. See you there girl boss! Grab your tickets here.