We (women 50+) aren’t slowing down. At least not many of us. We have busy lives with work/business, family, hobbies, health to look after, and friends.
Let’s chat about friendships for a minute…
We all know that our circle of friends is critically important to us. The strength of a sisterhood – reaching out to, getting advice from each other makes us as vital, inspired and inspiring as we are as a group of women. There are all kinds of studies that support the positive benefits of us having besties and gal-pals. No doubt, this is undisputable and we’d all agree.
Do you know that…
Statistically, women over 50 now make up one of the largest groups of women looking for new friends. Several factors contribute to this — being empty nesters, being single due to divorce or loss of a spouse, retirement, etc. We recognize an amplified desire to participate in supportive friendships and kindred networks that include regular meaningful conversations and quality time together.
Can we find this online?
We sure can! For me personally, I am getting a ton of value out of my online friendships. With today’s social platforms and the ease of video conferencing, it is super simple to be a part of a community. A community in which you can share your wisdom, get advice, be heard and enjoy time with kindred spirits…all without the stress of maddening traffic.
I’m continually encouraged to see the engagement of women in private Facebook groups. For example, there are numerous private FB groups where women go to commiserate and share advice about their menopausal challenges. This is just one topic that is important to us.
I see a marked difference in the comfort level for women to share in the private groups than in the public facing groups, even if the private groups have several thousand members. The private groups tend to have tighter moderating, quickly handling any bad behavior which negatively impacts our ability to feel safe to share, connect and support each other.
I had great fun last week as a member of an online community for women entrepreneurs. This is a community of 5,000 women around the world. The community organizer held an online event, much like we do in BeFab Revolution for members to have an opportunity to get to know each other in real life (IRL – LOL!) via online video conferencing.
This was not just a social interaction as we do in BeFab Revolution. It had a business focus to the online get-together. More than 1,000 of us were on the conference link with our laptop/smart device cameras on. We were sent off into different breakout rooms with no more than 10 women. Each room had a team leader. We spent an hour sharing our business challenges and getting great advice from each other. My room consisted of women from the US, UK, and Italy; all with very different businesses. We had such a great time, our group agreed to continue to meet online once a month. The experience was nurturing, supportive, fun and empowering.
Each room had a team leader. We spent an hour sharing our business challenges and getting great advice from each other. My room consisted of women from the US, UK, and Italy; all with very different businesses. We had such a great time, our group agreed to continue to meet online once a month. The experience was nurturing, supportive, fun and empowering. I have no doubt that out of a business context, personal relationships will be born.
I really love this aspect of BeFab Revolution; not just focusing on providing great information to women via the Fab Experts I interview and bring in for live Q&S sessions with members across a myriad of topics (the Be Informed & Be Empowered part of my commitment to the sisterhood).
It’s the scheduled informal online video chats (with that cup of tea or glass of wine) that allow us to come together to get to know each other, contribute to each other and celebrate each other (the Be Connected part of my commitment to the sisterhood) that truly impacts our ability to continue to stand in a space that allows us to Be Fabulous!
Do you have rewarding online friendships that you value? Let us know below in the comments or pop over to the BeFab Revolution Facebook page to chime in.