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Embracing Vulnerability & The Power of Sisterhood`

On a cold Saturday morning, newly diagnosed with bronchitis, I packed my car up with my vision board supplies, snacks, and goodies, and headed to Brooklyn to facilitate my second vision board workshop of the year. When I tell you I felt like I was dying, I am not exaggerating. The tightness in my chest felt like I was gasping for air that wasn't there. The pain every time I coughed felt like someone was dropping a 30 pound weight on my chest. My sinuses were congested, my throat hurt every time I spoke, and my entire body ached. On the outside I may have looked great, but on the inside I was suffering. I wanted nothing more than to curl up in my bed, pull the quit over my head, and sleep. But, I sold out this workshop a week after the tickets went on sale and these women waited months to attend. There was no way I could cancel so instead of canceling or rescheduling like any other sane person would have done, I pushed through and showed up.

Over 50 women showed up eager, focused, and excited to manifest the hell out of their dreams. Through carefully crafted exercises I guided the women through a deep reflective process of what their past year was like and what they wanted to bring into fruition this year. We meditated, we spoke about setting SMART goals, I educated them on the importance of also preparing for potential obstacles and creating a plan of action to overcome them. We laughed, we cried, but most of all we bonded. The ladies shared their dreams, their insecurities, and some of their most intimate experiences. They gave themselves permission to be vulnerable in a room full of women who initially were strangers.

Every time I host a workshop or an event that unites women, without fail, we remove our masks, let it out and expose it all to each other. The laughter, the tears, the cries, the fears all of it. Everything is welcomed without any judgment and we allow ourselves to be vulnerable in ways we didn't realize were possible. We spend so much time building walls to protect ourselves, that we end up isolating ourselves. This isolation prevents us from forging real connections. We never really give much thought to the “collectiveness” of sisterhood that we as women all share and in doing so end up missing out on so much.

What I know for sure is that we are all much more alike than we are different and while many believe being vulnerable is a sign of weakness, the truth is that it takes incredible strength to be vulnerable. To be vulnerable means you are willing to remove the mask and show the world who you really are. For some, that concept is terrifying, but it is only through being vulnerable that true connections happen.

Photo Cred: Angie Velasquez Photography

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