Each of us has different groups of friends that we know socially and through our children and family. Most also have various meaningful feminine relationships with whom we have bonded with through our work as female professionals, mom bloggers and/or volunteering in the community.
For example, I'm active in a women's entrepreneur community affiliated with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia called Dreamers into Doers. In fact, I was privileged to be among the 80 or so female business owners from around the U.S. hosted by Martha for a professional development conference in New York City last year.
Then there was SheCon in Miami Beach where I not only was a speaker, I hung out with and got to know other prominent working moms like social media pioneer Aliza Sherman and Just Precious mommy blogger Julie Pron. Let's not forget BlogHer, either -- definitely the mother of all blogging conferences for women. There's way more gal friends to see and catch up with (and new ones to meet) at that annual blogging event than there is time for.
I absolutely love attending as many women's and blogging conferences and other events as possible -- like many of you do. This explains why MBE has a dedicated page on this blog featuring the largest free calendar list of upcoming women and mom blog conferences complete with links available anywhere online. Definitely check it out if you haven't already.
These business trips and outings provide an essential social outlet away from my other job as a work at home mom WAHM. Indisputably this time away from my family has its rewards, contributing to both my personal and professional growth not only as a woman, but as a wife and mother. I have a feeling that the experiences of many of you are similar.
But there's something else we need too. We big girls need each other to thrive and nurture our multifaceted souls, enriching each of our lives in many unique and special ways. That's the message of Zaslow's Girls from Ames, too, and my latest friends encounter reconfirms that ideal.