Anyone else feeling a bit odd?
It's a slightly weird time of year, Christmas has been and gone but we're not quite counting down to midnight on New Year's Eve yet.
It's a media-soaked time of year: photos from beautiful beaches, photos of food and family and friends. Adverts for product sales and brand deals so painfully good 'you won't want to miss out'. News recaps from the year that has so nearly ended, reflections, #bestnine, memories shared. The self-help industry is busy helping itself to sell you a diary, a journal, an online course, a book.
At the start of a speaker event we held this year, I stood chatting to some women who had come as a group from a large corporate organisation in town. One of the women was attending a Magnetic Hub event for the first time and raised the topic of how events and meetings that are for only women are perceived. She re-told the discomfort she felt when invited to a lunch for women in leadership recently, how she had hesitated and felt disinclined to accept the invite. She said, 'if I knew the guys at work were all going out for a lunch and I wasn't invited because I'm a woman, I'd be banging on the door of the restaurant demanding to be let in!'
She was raising the question, is it OK for women to gather and exclude men? Is it unequal?
I'm Michelle, based in Hamilton, raising two boys, a ginger cat and many vegetables. I have been involved with the work of Magnetic Hub since March 2015 and consider it 'home' in many ways. Accustomed to leading female-only groups, I continue to be energised by the beautiful wisdom that unfolds from women in a room, talking together. Read my musings and learn about our work - newsletter sign-up below... Enjoy. Michelle x