If you were to write a letter to your younger self, what would you say? Would you offer advice? Share regrets? Maybe point out a few warning signs to be on the lookout for? Would you tell her you love her? That she is worth it? Not to sweat the small stuff? Spend less time at work? Go hug Aunt Rita every chance you get?
And, have you ever thought about what would your future self would tell your current self? We are going to ponder these important questions. And we are going to learn from women that have lived many more decades than we have. There will definitely be laughter. Maybe a few tears. But for sure, we will offer encouragement and compassion to the girls we once were, the women we are now and the ones we will soon be. Women of all ages won’t want to miss this insightful night!
Have you ever really thought about where your beliefs came from? Your political views; your religious faith, or lack thereof; your stance on whether you can wear white after Labor Day; what is right and what is wrong; what is good and what is bad; what constitutes good table manners, who you believe yourself to be; what you feel and how to behave. As children, we didn’t have the opportunity to choose our beliefs, but we AGREED with the information. The only way to store information is by agreement. We will be taking an internal look at the personal agreements we have come to believe unconditionally. And more importantly, how these agreements rule our lives.
We will then be exploring four powerful truths that will help us break our childhood agreements that come from fear and require us to expend a lot of energy. And replace them with agreements that will help us not only conserve energy, but even gain extra energy! We will be breaking down the book, THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miquel Ruiz. These four simple agreements (Be impeccable with your word; Don’t take anything personally; Don’t make assumptions; Always do your best) can transform our lives. We can start this life changing process, by AGREEING to come. 🙂
When you were a little girl, what did you love to do? What brought you joy? What did you need? Desire? Want? Crave? Do you even remember? That little girl you once were, is still there. Inside you. Waiting. She needs you to find her, to love her and to show up for her.
Vikki Fraker, from Revival 356, will be joining us to discuss why this is such an important concept to understand, why these questions are so beneficial for us to ask and how, by doing so, it impacts the women we are today.
For the first time since our inception, we are taking December off of our regularly scheduled event night. However, for those that can make it, we will still be finding a life of purpose during the busy holidays. Many of you have shared that you would like us to bring our Dare To Serve night back. So for those that are available and want to meet needs in our community, we will be offering opportunities for us to serve. Because at The Exchange, we want every aspect of our lives to be ON PURPOSE. And we can serve on purpose, through PURPOSITY. Purposity comes from the core belief that humanity finds purpose through generosity. Let’s get together as a community of women and show up in a big way, for the people of Forsyth!
After a month of American holiday EXCESS (even though if we are honest, EVERY month we have excess), we are going to delve into the concept of minimalism. We will be discussing Joshua Becker’s book, THE MORE OF LESS, in which he articulates, in a highly inspirational way, the benefits of owning less. But it’s about more than that—it’s also about intentionality and generosity and living an examined life.
Our goal will not simply be to come home and declutter, but to take a good hard look at overcoming consumerism, greed, materialism and overindulgence.
We as humans are always trying to make sense of things. Our brains are wired to find a way from point A to point B. We want to know the “plan”. The next step before we move. We like assurance. We want to be CERTAIN of what is and what isn’t. But guess what?
Certainty is a myth and this is such great news!
Did you know it is OK not to know?! It is OK not to have the answers. No one does. We are all making this up as we go! We are going to take a heartfelt look into Brian Perry’s book, The Myth of Certainty. He shares, “In an era of unprecedented access, opportunity and social connection, why is it so many of us are disillusioned by loneliness, frustration and lack of meaning? Could it be we’re searching for happiness in the wrong places? Join us as we take a humorous yet, deep look within ourselves. As Brian offers, “Life’s true fulfillment and magic await, not in fairytale endings but rather, when we begin living happily ever now.”
Why is it that we agree with the concept of boundaries, yet have such a hard time setting and maintaining them?
Because. It. Is. Hard.
And it takes courage.
Brene Brown so eloquently shares, “Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others. We are never more courageous than when we are willing to be imperfect and vulnerable, and when we’re willing to set boundaries with the people around us.” (paraphrased)
Join us as we explore the popular book, BOUNDARIES by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. We will discuss their solutions to tough questions like these:
How do I set limits and still be a loving person?
What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
What does a legitimate boundary look like?
Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider telling someone “no”?
What can I do when someone wants more of my time, love, energy, or money than I’m comfortable giving?
Having clear boundaries with ourselves and others is essential to a healthy, balanced life. Clear your calendar, mark the date and bring a friend. You will be glad you did.
ANYTHING YOU CANNOT FAST FROM, OWNS YOU. Think about that. Now think about that in terms of technology. Especially your phone. Does it own you? What would it look like to go hands free for an hour? Two hours? A day? Can you do it for the two hours you are at The Exchange? For some, it is harder than you think. Elizabeth Pehrson is going to share with us her hands on experience after studying and implementing lessons from various blogs, books and podcasts. Don’t worry… in the words of Rachel Macy Stafford, “it doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, living a present, authentic and intentional life despite a world of distractions.”
Leave your phone at home and meet us there. Just kidding… who can do that? Bring your phone if you have to, just make sure to be there!