In 2010 I met one of the most interesting, fun and intelligent women – Laurel Crossley. The moment we had coffee together, we hit it off and had an immediate connection. As time passed, we came together to co-create Simply Blossoming and hosted the first retreat on October 21, 2011. In 2018 it will mark the 8th anniversary of this fun, invigorating and amazing annual fall retreat.
After the first retreat we knew we had created something magical with the women who attended. Something that was indescribable. We heard a story of two women who attended the retreat and ran into each other in the community and one said to the other, “are you a blossom?” and the answer was “yes”. The ladies themselves coined this term – not Laurel and I and it is still used 8 years later.
For years we have tried to summarize what Simply Blossoming really is. How could 1 weekend make such an enormous impact on the lives of the guests? What was the secret? Each retreat, it was the same – the ladies had a hard time articulating why they loved the weekend so much and knew it was pivotal in their personal growth.
The secret is that it’s a community. It’s a group of like-minded women who come together to share, laugh, cry, have fun and be present with themselves. There are no excuses. There is no judgement, only support. This is a strong community of blossoms who will do everything in their power to help you achieve your dreams once you make them known.
Year after year we see the connections, we see the community and we see the amazing potential of each woman. We did some research into this and found many articles on how connectedness and community have a powerful effect on our lives.
According to Ottmann, Dickson and Wright (2006) in their research paper, Social Connectedness and Health: A Literature Review:
“It has been suggested that social networks have a psychosocial as well as a psychological effect on mental health outcomes. In particular, social networks are said to generate psychological effects when they provide social support, social influence, opportunity for social engagement and meaningful roles, resources and material goods, and intimate contact . The psychosocial impact of social networks is claimed to transform behaviours.”
We invite you to join us on our journey this year. We’ll be posting monthly blogs, publishing regular newsletters, having ticket giveaways and sales to continuing to build this incredible community of women. Join our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/UxjND
I feel incredibly grateful to each of you.
Cheers to an amazing 2018!