It's been five (six?) weeks since the majority of Albertans have been put on lockdown and forced to physically distance from one another. I remember the week before everything shut down - I started off with a hospital visit at the beginning of the week, moved around some In Her Circle events because I was too sick to lead them, went out for brunch with some friends that weekend, and by Monday, everything was cancelled. What do you do in that situation? How do you respond?
I remember how desperately I wanted to believe that it was all temporary. That we really could reopen and return to normal after a few weeks. As time went on and the cases increased, I began to accept that it wouldn't be the case. So, after clearing all of the events from the IHC calendar and refunding everyone's money, I figured that this would be the BEST time to launch a virtual book club. Because, why not?
I didn't know if it would be successful or if anyone would sign up. All I did know was that we needed to band together as a community, so with a week's notice, I decided to stop delaying and just start.
Last Sunday, we had our final call for the book, Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo. It was amazing to sit back and listen to not only the takeaways that the women had from the book, but also the impact of being part of the book club had on them over the past month.
When I signed up, I thought it would help me add some structure to my new work from home life. Like, okay, I have this thing scheduled for every Sunday night. But as the week's went on, it wasn't just something that was scheduled. It was something that I really looked forward to and I got a lot more out of it than I expected. And I really liked that.
I want to give you a huge "thank you" for doing this! This has been such a fun thing to do, especially during such a stressful time.
No matter how many meetings any of the participants attended (one or all), it was so special setting out time out of our weekends to gather virtually together in this space. These types of soul sister gatherings is what separates In Her Circle from other communities - obviously, we like to have fun, but we love digging deep and cultivating authentic connections with one another. And because of this reason, we are doing another round for our book club!
Our next book will be A Tribe Called Bliss by Lori Harder, and our amazing Community Builder, Whitney, will be taking the lead on guiding us through the reading.
Whitney read this book last fall with a group of women she met at an In Her Circle retreat, and by going through this book together, they created a lifelong bond. This book is truly special, and we simply can't wait to share it with you.
Sign up for our Virtual Book Club today, and join us on May 3rd! You may be surprised at what you discover about yourself.