On day 251 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I expanded my circle.
In my book, Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living (Amazon Associate Link), I wrote about the importance of choosing our circles wisely.
Whether we realize it or not, we become like those we surround ourselves with, which is why it’s so important to find a circle of friends that allows us to remain true to ourselves, and in alignment with our values and goals. And in these circles, we create mutually beneficial relationships.
Let’s face it, we’re constantly bombarded by invitations and requests to become involved in community organizations, clubs, and professional associations, but at some point it becomes easier to say “thanks, but no thanks” to avoid being consumed by additional obligations.
I get it.
In fact, over the years I have purposely taken breaks between my involvement in such groups. If you’re not good at setting boundaries – saying no when you honestly can’t take on even one more thing – then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Except last night, I found myself surrounded by a group of strong, successful women who were positive, encouraging and lighthearted — a rare combination these days.
And I felt myself wanting to be part of it.
I wanted to lean in and be a source of encouragement to other women who need support, and I wanted to explore new possibilities for making a greater contribution.
What criteria do you use to choose your circles?