She recently moved and mentioned her husband is in the Coast Guard and they move frequently. She stated she was a bit worried and wondered after being in a new town if she'd have some difficulties finding new friends for herself and her infant son. She also wanted to find activities to do in the area with her son. And this is exactly why MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club exists!
I am sure we have joined the MOMS Club, or a different type of hobbyist club such as a cooking or book club for a variety of reasons: camaraderie, adult interaction, play groups for your little one, get out of the house, socialize, feel connected, and more. But mix in work, life, and family, it can be difficult to find true and lasting friendships -- especially as an adult.
Since we have an interesting blend of local and national readers and subscribers, I felt I should post about a couple of interesting online groups on this very subject -- why keep them to my self.
I will start with the first: A Band of Wives - a new kind of sisterhood.
I joined ABOW a while back, since it originated in Marin County, where my business is located. It was started by Christine Bronstein, wife of Phil Bronstein.
A Band of Wives is a private social network for all women: married, single and everything in between. Their motto is "no woman left behind."
It has an online forum so one can lurk (learn:)), or participate in varied topics and conversations, and they also have a vast events calendar to choose from: world-renowned speakers, local events, walks, hikes, support groups, women coffee dates, galas / fundraisers, girls night out, and more. They really have a bit for everyone, and it is free to join. They have options around the nation, so check it out and see if events and get-togethers are in your area, or you can simply join and connect online.
Frankly, I was a bit afraid it was going to be for the socialite crowd, but have discovered that eventually you find your groove and attend what you can.
I find it refreshing to be a part of a bigger, connected, female-dominated society -- one that I normally wouldn't partake in -- but can sign up when my schedule and mood permits. And it's nice to momentarily unplug and not hear about mommy, child or parenting issues -- and enjoy some worldly, adult conversation.
To view a youtube video about A Band of Wives, click here.
Another one that is dedicated to finding local female friendships is: Girlfriend Circles.
Girlfriend Circles is the only online community about matching friends offline by connecting women online. While they are not in all areas, some of our readers may be able to find and join a paid membership circle in their area. If there is not a circle in your area, you can sign up and request one -- they'll notify you when there is enough interest, or refer you to the nearest circle. At a minimum, you can read or subscribe to Shasta's fantastic blog.
You can visit their website for more info. To view a youtube video about Girlfriend Circles, click here.
While these groups are very different than a MOMS Club, so to speak, I hope they help bridge a gap that you may be finding in your life.
Cheers to new friendships everywhere.