2019 has been a whirlwind so far! Surely we say that every year, but it still seems true.
This has been the year of transition and change for Magnetic Hub.
I shared some news in February that described my reasoning for the way Magnetic Hub is now operating. You can re-read that blog >>> here.
We are now a free community model - no more fees, no more guest visit bookings. Just come along if you wish and find out about meetings and topics via our closed Facebook group >>> here.
So how has it all been working out? Well, I'd say very nicely.
Here's a mid-year checkpoint, a round up of our topics so far and a bit about what we have been up to.
The first sign of strength is that all the groups that used to run, still run. This is a lovely validation of our model and the desire amongst women to come together and have meaningful conversations. Hamilton (two groups), Cambridge and Tauranga - we are alive and thriving. We've met new members and seen lots of familiar faces as well. Attendance ebbs and flows (it always did, even with a fee-paying model) and this seems to work just fine.
The wonderful people at YWCA really saw something in what I am trying to do with Magnetic Hub and came on board as a venue host for all our Hamilton meetings. Cambridge Community House are equally wonderful as hosts and the Tauranga group get to meet at the University of Waikato's satellite campus - flash!
We created some colourful posters to share around. A tiny bit of creative work that was a great investment of time and looks fabulous. We made one for each group.
Our topics have been delightfully wide-ranging. A cool development from (and improvement on) the old model is the way we share resources ahead of meetings. Every month I post about the topic we are going to discuss and share resources and links in the comments below. It becomes a rich and informative thread where other women can chip in their own ideas and favourite resources, quotes or images. What's so handy about the Facebook group is that it's a very searchable space and so we can all go back and find resources very easily - and they are there forever now. No more lost emails in the inbox spaghetti jungle!
Here's what we've talked about so far and a few cool resources.
February - CHANGE, change at work, change in our personal lives, change we choose and change we are forced to move with whether we like it or not. One of our own members shared this great blog about creative change management >>> here.
March - CHARTING YOUR PATH, How do we figure out where we are going? Do we even need to know our path, or can we roam? Once we set our sights on a direction, how do we stay on the path and what can set us off course? We re-shared a great TED talk about being a multipotentialite and not needing to choose one path >>> here.
April - DEATH AND DYING, we looked at the practicalities and the profound. Pouring some light on this topic may help us to normalise, demystify and prepare for the inevitable. We shared many valuable resources, including the Death Cafe website >>> here.
May - RELATIONSHIPS WITH WOMEN IN MY FAMILY, which women in your family are vital to you? What role do you play for other women in your family? We shared a taonga from our family that became a talking point for a special women in our family life. This Marie Forleo video on family drama was a good resource >>> here.
June - APOLOGIES, good ones, bad ones...apologies come in many forms. Sometimes they never come. We explored the components of an apology and the social place that saying 'sorry' holds for us all. We will all have different requirements for an apology. This topic linked to forgiveness and integrity. We laughed out loud at these memes for how the different star signs apologise >>> here.
And now it's July and we are going to talk about money and finances. I can't wait!
If you want to get in on the conversation, we'd love to meet you. Head to our group on Facebook or follows us @magnetichubnz.
If there is no group in your area, but you think you could begin one, get in touch!
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