I would not be standing here without the support of the women in my life.
At the same time, I have been hurt more by female friendships than any other in my life and that made me back off.
I've also been loved on better by female friendships than any other in my life.
For most of my 30's I felt so alone in the working-mom rat race. I wished for more female friendships in my life but had no idea where to find them or how to find time to connect.
I dreamed that a Mom-BFF-neighbor would build a house on the empty lots down the street from me.
I dropped requests into the prayer basket at church for the prayer team to connect me with another working mom who could share some wisdom (at least 17 times I requested this.....with no response. Heart breaking.)
I loved my husband. I loved my work (and wanted to still achieve there). I cherished being a mother to 4. I literally had it all.
But it was HARD. And no one in my life seemed to understand the struggle of the balance.
Every other woman around me seemed to be dashing around with equally stressed lives too busy to stop and notice..... we're all in this fight together.
It was ultimately the struggles in my marriage, the most intimate relationship in my life, that led me to build the Fire Wife Sisterhood. At first, it was a therapeutic blogging platform. Very quickly I sensed we struck a nerve.
Within the first few days, weeks and months we had formed tight online friendships and were planning a national gathering. These women GOT MY LIFE. And we just had to hug each other in person.
Finally, I found a Sisterhood. The kind I felt in my college years and twenties but that had faded away as life and motherhood over-defined me.
This Sisterhood was on my mind each day. We laughed, texted, shared care packages and yes, flew across the country to hang out in person.
7 years later it's still a thriving community that connects Fire Wives every day.
Since then, my Sisterhood connections have truly been tested by the fires of life.
I lost my father to cancer, walked my daughter through anorexia, graduated a son from high school and moved him across the country. Then navigated a new space as the mom of a gay son.
All the while I'm running my own business (yes! I had escaped corporate!) but my marriage was crumbling, the anger escalating and my super human strength I had always relied on to "do it all" was crushed with pain.
The people who showed up strongest for me in this season was the Sisterhood.
I now have multiple "Sisterhoods" in my life. The Fire Wives are still solid (even now as an ex fire wife....true friendships transcend the subtitles of life). I also have a solid group of 40-something divorcees plus my ever favorite work at home entrepreneur friends.
Here I am now, on the other side of a rough season, realizing that I wouldn't be standing if it wasn't for that Sisterhood.
And right now..... there's a woman who needs the same.
I'm driven to make sure that the magic we built in the Fire Wife Sisterhood must grow to serve more communities of women.
Can I ask you to trust me with this?
I feel somewhat abandoned by the generation of women before me. Where were they early on when my marriage started to go off the tracks? And I needed career help negotiating in corporate?
I know how scary it is to be vulnerable and take a chance with a group of friends.
Here's where you can trust me.....
For 8 years now we've run our live events for fire wives and everyone shows up scared and leaves so courageously and sacredly connected.
My goal for the Sisterhood Experience Inaugural Event is for you to leave with the belief and motivation that you can do anything and a community of women who will support you through it all.
You will say "Remember CBus Fall 2019?" And that's all that needs to be said. The experience is a feeling too big for words.