I am a big believer in leading by example for our children and continuing to live the life we dreamed about, rather than putting things on hold for the perceived benefit of our families. However, this is often easier said than done. The kids, their afterschool schedules, the school run, the soccer coaching commitment. Unfortunately, for many women, commitments at home and in the community can be a barrier to us reaching some of our own personal goals. Yet, stepping outside our comfort zone and pursuing our dreams will make us better mothers and better members of our communities. So, how can we keep the home fires burning and still pursue our exotic adventure dreams? Enter the Dream Circle. Now, I am sure this is not a new concept, and is possibly happening in many communities already, but I am not familiar with it within my network, so I think it is an idea worth pursuing.
It is a small group of women who encourage and support each other to reach their highest potential and to live a rich and fulfilling life.
How do they work? Well, I suppose it could be compared to 'Book Club'. It would look something like this.
Ps... ah, you have the same question as me. What about the other parent? Why can't they just step in and take care of the commitments. Yes, that would be the ideal solution, but in some circumstances, it is not an option, so rather than some women missing out on the opportunity for dream achieving, why don't we just create a solution we can all benefit from?
by Chloe Chick, ATC Mountaineering Expert and Founder of SisuGirls