"Strong Women Uplift Each Other" Series
Have you been to one of our powerful “Strong Women Uplift Each other” events yet? Uplift has always had its finger on the pulse of women-oriented events even beyond fitness, and over the last year, our Female Society has taken the idea of community to the next level. Our “Strong Women Uplift Each other” (or as we lovingly call them, SWUE) sessions (each of which is a panel, workshop or other event) take this powerful message even further: in each, we delve into complex and difficult issues women face and otherwise have difficulty talking about. But here at Uplift, we started talking and haven’t stopped.
Uplift is so much more than a fitness studio. We are truly a female society, a community of women here to empower and inspire each other in all aspects of life. And like a marriage, we’re here through the good times AND bad, health AND sickness. The Workout & Wines AND the harder issues where we truly need our female friends to support us.
Past Strong Women Uplift Each Other Topics:
- Our Struggles With Pregnancy, Infertility, and Miscarriages
- Mental Health & Emotional Wellness: Dealing with Anxiety, Grief, and Depression
- Our Loaded Relationship with Eating & Food
- Our Career Failures & Roadblocks
- Breaking Bad Habits: Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, and Shopping
- Women's Health
Check Back Regularly for Upcoming "Strong Women Uplift Each Other" Events!
Last month, as part of our Strong Women Uplift Each Other series, we invited relationship and sex therapist Shula Mulamed into the studio for a conversation with Uplift co-founder Leanne. It was an event for all women: whether in a relationship, newly mourning a breakup, looking for a relationship or foundering with no real idea. And we learned so much:
- Self Worth versusSelf-esteem: Do you know the difference? We didn’t! Self-esteem comes from our abilities or accomplishments or possessions—aka, EXTERNAL things—whereas self worth is an intrinsic sense of our value and lovable-ness.
- The importance of being aware and acknowledging and learning from your “shadow side” (because, as Kelly Clarkson sang, “everybody has a dark side”!) - knowing where your limitations/things you need to work on are. We all got ‘em!
- Knowing yourself helps you make healthier decisions about how and who you have relationships with. It helps you leave something that doesn't work, stay in something good when the going gets tough, and recognize when something or someone (including yourself) in the relationship needs a little more attention or understanding. This is the definition of healthy boundaries.
- Once you know your boundaries it become less confusing to push them. Compromise is a skill in the relationship where having a sense of your worth and your shadow come in handy. And, by the way, twisting yourself into a pretzel to please your partner or loved one (aka, not setting healthy boundaries) is NOT the same thing as compromise!
When we were wrapping up, Shula gave us an assignment: take a moment and write five things you really love and value about yourself. These should be qualities that you have regardless of what is going on in your life professionally or personally (e.g., NOT that you can really rock a hot pair of stilettos or landed that killer new job!). These are the things about you that no one or no circumstance can take from you. Re-read this every day and keep adding to your list!
If you are interested in further exploring these topics more, Shula is offering a 4-week online workshop called The Foundation - for more details click HERE