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10 Reasons to Start Your Own Girl Gang

10 Reasons to Start Your Own Girl Gang

In the past few years I’ve seen more and more women getting together to lift one another up, rather than tear each other down. Ladies have been putting aside their differences, their competitiveness and their jealousy to help one another succeed, and it’s awesome.

One way to really help out your fellow ladies is to start a girl gang. A girl gang is simply a group of females (although it doesn’t always have to be just females) who get together regularly either online or in person to support one another.

Starting a girl gang is something I think every group of gal pals should do; it’s a reason to get together, have fun, build a community of women with a purpose, and much more. In fact, there are a lot of reasons to start your own girl gang.

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Community

One the most obvious reasons to start a girl gang of your own is to build a community; a group of people who are connected by at least one attribute, possibly more. Girl gangs around the world offer one another a community to make one another feel safe and comfortable.

Support

Maybe one of the biggest reasons to start a girl gang is the support group that you will undoubtedly have. Girl gangs are typically made up of open-minded ladies who only want the best for each other. They’re willing to listen, to talk and to offer their support when needed. For a lot of people support is something that’s not always available from their family or even their friends, depending on the topic or area of life. Your girl gang will become your support group.

Guidance

When you’re at a loss at to where to go or what to do in life, having a girl gang to talk to about your options is amazing. As you spend more time with another you build stronger relationships, and in those relationships you learn more about one another are able to give each other advice and guidance in difficult situations.

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Acceptance

Almost everyone in life wants to feel accepted and appreciated. Finding true friends growing up can be difficult, but when you meet someone who accepts you for who are it can be one of the best feelings in the world. Your own girl gang should be comprised of people who are accepting of one another.

Friendship

Having a best friend is awesome, but one person cannot be everything to you. Having a group of gal pals, though, offers you a variety of people with different personalities, interests and skill sets that you can each enjoy. Friendship is vital to our happiness. It has such a big impact on our well-being and overall life because it is such a special bond.

Fun

Being in a girl gang can be a lot of fun! A lot of girl gangs get together regularly for dinner, movies, concerts and parties, or whatever else they’re interested in. Sometimes just meeting in someone’s basement to chitchat and hangout can be something to look forward to and enjoy.

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Passion

Chances are the members of your girl gang will share similar passions. Having someone to talk to about things you are passionate about can be so freeing and exhilarating. It’s not always easy to talk to certain friends or family members about things you enjoy, whether it’s music, writing or art, or even politics or your opinions. Your girl gang will become that group of people who you can turn to to discuss the things that are really important to you.

Excitement

Forming a girl gang is exciting! There are so many things you can do as a group that you can’t do alone. You can create events, parades and marches, you can form a band, a writing group or even throw a potluck dinner. The things you can do with your girl gang are infinite!

Movement

A lot of girl gangs start their own movements. When you and your fellow girl gang members get behind the same purpose anything is possible. With one another’s support, encouragement and network, you can spread your message like wildfire and truly make a difference in the world.

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Memories

Years from now some of your fondest memories might be with your girl gang. You’ll be able to reminisce about all of the fun you had, the things you were able to accomplish and the relationships you formed.

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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