On Monday, December 9, ten women participated in the monthly Women of Affirmation Phone Night. The theme for December was “Moments of Victory.” To start out the call, everyone went around and introduced themselves by sharing where they are living and what their vocation is. The intent was not just to talk about our professions, but to share a little bit about what we consider our life’s callings to be. Among the group we had educators, social workers, LGBT rights activists, community-organizers, lawyers, physical trainers, healers, filmmakers, and artists. We were collectively impressed by each others’ life endeavors, and we joked that within our small circle alone, we likely had the collective intelligence, skills, and heart to solve most of the worlds problems.
The thought focused on the importance of taking time to celebrate the small victories on our way to accomplishing our dreams. We contemplated the importance of employing love, gratitude and patience with ourselves in order to overcome fear and overwhelm as we work towards those goals, as well as while we deal with the tensions that often arise due to being LGBT and of Mormon heritage. Participants then shared some of their recent moments of victory or difficulty and provided each other with insights and words of congratulations, support, and encouragement. One of the beautiful aspects of the conversation was that participants felt free to share important events that were coming up in their lives such as new employment and education opportunities, new aspirations, or big transitions, and ask for prayers and good thoughts in those endeavors.
Women of Affirmation Phone Nights are held every 2nd Monday of the month. The next Phone Night will be on Monday, January 13, 2013 from 7pm-8:30pm MST. The theme will be “Replenishing the Well: Feeding Our Hearts and Spirits Through Self-care.” Callers are invited to come and share their ideas, insights, questions or experiences related to keeping ourselves nourished and resilient as we face the difficulties particular to being LGBTQIA women of Mormon heritage. Please join us!
For dial-in number and participant access code, please contact: Beth Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org.