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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.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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