Hi, Sisters. We have news.
This week's KS meeting left us each feeling like Karmasisters is our baby no longer. She is growing up, fast. Exciting things are happening. So herewith a reminder of how this brainchild of Janet's came to be, and where it's going...
As Janet stared down her 40's, she took stock of her life as a newly-single woman raising four daughters. Two themes dominated her thoughts. First, she had survived a dark time thanks in large part to her supportive community of women. Second, she was determined to move forward without adding to the regrets she carried from her 20's and 30's.
Chewing these over, Janet's never-idle mind formed an idea that merged the two. She sought a community where women could feel safe, welcome, and empowered. Where they could contribute to a movement that would enable them to live their best lives. Not finding it in any social media, she took a leap of faith and decided to create it herself. Her manifesto:
The idea of moving on from my regrets is consuming me. We all have things that we look back on with regret. A trip across Europe we should have taken with our girlfriends before starting that job. A boy we shouldn't have dated. My younger life had so much regret. Now I refuse to pass up opportunities I will look back on and ask myself why I didn't jump in. I read an article listing questions posed to seniors. One common theme: they wished they'd taken more chances. If I could take more leaps, without worrying about judgment, what would I choose? Geez, that's scary; it seems so big.
It's time for me to step in and step up. Suddenly I look around at my 40-something friends and sense that we are more alive than ever before. So many of us are seeking our calling, what we were really meant to do with our lives. Our search has started with the formation of a community: Karma Sisters. As karmasisters we bring our highest selves, abandoning negative habits of how we treat other women. We are open with each other without judgment. We as a collective group help each other undertake tasks each day, from finding the right service providers, to reaching a personal goal, to re-establishing a career on our terms.
Now here's why we're buzzing. Everything Janet dreamed of is coming together. You've been faithfully visiting and telling girlfriends about KS. Because of you, we see our numbers grow each day. (Penny's family roll their eyes as she does a happy dance with each spike in readership.)
We need your help to grow Karma Services as well. We have a growing list of local services, but you too can spread good karma by simply reporting the kindness you encounter: the always-friendly grocery cashier or barista; the patient tow truck driver who taught you how to boost a battery; the painter who gave you an honest quote and treated your home like a castle.
Leap in, don't regret not being part of Karmasisters. Give us your feedback. Tell us what you'd like to see here.
This is how we build a community.