If you're not already addicted to Facebook's "groups" feature, you need to be — groups are nothing short of life changing and will transform your ho-hum newsfeed experience into a dynamic open discussion with thousands of other people. They're perfect sounding boards for expressing yourself, getting ideas, and seeing new things at ground level. If you ask us, there's no better way to trend source and find likeminded people, making Facebook groups the ultimate business tool.
Beyond networking, though, Facebook groups are a safe haven for women and minorities to protect and encourage each other, and that's pretty cool.
We put together the top 10 Facebook groups you need to join now because they each offer a diverse group of members, have mandatory “be nice to others" policies, and we've personally witnessed oodles of new connections between people who were formerly strangers.
If you own your own business, this one is a great place to meet other entrepreneurs, grab advice, bounce ideas off others, and collaborate. You may find yourself wealthier if you interact nicely with other members, but you'll definitely find yourself richer in friendship.
Everyone loves going places, right? Travel Obsessed has a nice-people-only rule, and encourages people to share their travel experience, ask for travel tips and guidance, and interact about everything travel.
If your business or personal life takes you on the road or you have general wanderlust, this one is for you.
The group is particularly empowering because it was started in response to another travel-themed Facebook group that banned several types of women because of their nationality and religion. Travel Obsessed has an “all are welcome" policy and encourages kindness between all members.
This one is for moms exclusively, but moms come from all walks of life, and this group is pretty inclusive. Over 33,000 moms are in there bouncing ideas off each other, tackling tough issues, asking and sharing advice, and even giving their kid gear to each other. It's especially useful for new moms who feel trapped in the chaos of parenting and need people going through the same thing.
This group was started by the original media czar, Jennifer Demarchi, as a place for publicists and marketing professionals to collaborate and help each other expand their media footprints. The group is now over 20,000 members strong and has over 70% female members, including major Fortune 500 executives, top level magazine editors, and even a few celebs.
The group isn't for everyone though, so if you're not directly involved in the media in some way, shape, or form, don't try to get past the gate.
This group is dedicated to anyone in the beauty industry and even general makeup, hair, and beauty enthusiasts. You don't have to be a makeup artist to be admitted, but you do have to generally live and love all things. You don't have to be a makeup artist to be admitted, but you do have to generally live and love all things beauty. The group is home to just about every beauty editor in the, top dermatologists, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, hair stylists, beauty bloggers of all styles and sizes, and models of all backgrounds. There are only two rules in this group: never try to sell anything to another group member (if you're selling Lipsense or Rodan + Fields you'll be kicked out), and always be kind to other group members.
This networking and biz-encouraging group was started by OG mom bloggers Vera Sweeney and Audrey McClelland. It's a good place to find blogging insights, digital wisdom, and virtual high fives when you need 'em.
This group is a smart feed of all things featured on Amy's Smart Girls, plus a round-up of links that inspire and motivate. Amy Poehler started the website with producer Martha Walker so girls have a place where they can just be themselves, and the resulting community embraces everything weird and wonderful about life, while helping girls improve themselves through intelligence and learning.
Fans of the already-popular website, The Curvy Fashionista, continue their body-positive and inclusive discussions in this group, and spending even 10 minutes perusing the posts will make you want to hop on board the positivity train. It's a virtual grandma telling you “you're beautiful and look nice today" and women of all shapes and sizes should definitely check it out.
This is another great place to bounce ideas, make new friends, and figure out the nuts and bolts of business ownership.
You'll find tens of thousands of women talking business and finding ways to make the most of each other's resources. If you don't leave a 20-minute session feeling full of ideas, call us shocked.
Personally, I am over the top excited that we are on the cusp of turning the page on not only a new year but also on a new 10-year window of opportunities and possibilities!
You may be thinking, whoa…I am just embracing the fall season…yikes… it is tough to think about a new decade!
Yet it is this groundwork, this forward thought that you put in place TODAY that will propel you and lead you into greatness in 2020 and beyond. Designing a new decade rests in your ability to vision, in your willingness to be curious, in your awareness of where you are now and what you most want to curate. Essentially, curating what's next is about tapping into today with confidence, conviction, and decision. Leading YOU starts now. This is your new next. It is your choice.
Sometimes to get to that 'next', you need to take a step back to reflect. Please pardon my asking you to spend time in yesterday. Those who know me personally, know that I created and continue to grow my business based on enabling the present moment as a springboard for living your legacy. So, indulge me here! True, I am asking you to peek into the past, yet it is only in order for you to bring the essence of that past forward into this moment called NOW.
One of the best ways to tap into what's next is to clarify what drives you. To design a new decade, ask yourself this question about the past ten years:
What worked? What were my successes?
Make a list of your achievements big and small. Don't type them, but rather use ink and paper and sit with and savor them. Move your thoughts and your successes from your head, to your heart, to your pen, to the paper. Remember that on the flip side of goals not attained and New Year's resolutions abandoned, there was more than likely some traction and action that moved you forward, even if the end result was not what you expected. Once you have a full list of a decade's worth of personal and professional accomplishments, think about how this makes you feel. Do you remember celebrating all of them? My guess is no. So, celebrate them now. Give them new life by validating them. Circle the successes that resonate with you most right now. Where can you lean into those accomplishments as you power into the decade ahead?
Now comes a tougher question, one that I used myself in my own mid-life reinvention and a question I adore because in a moment's time it provides you with a quick reconnect to your unique inner voice.
If it were 10 years ago and nothing were standing in your way, no fear or excuses to contend with…what would you do?
Don't overthink it. The brilliance of this question is that it refocuses purpose. Whatever first came to mind when you answered this for yourself is at its core a powerful insight into defining and redefining the FUTURE decade. Bring your answer into the light of today and what small piece of it is actionable NOW? Where is this resonating and aligning with a 2019 version of yourself?
Then, based on your success list and your answer to the above question, what is your 2020 vision for your business and for the business of YOU?
Designing a new decade begins as a collection of 3,650 opportunities. 3,650 blank slates of new days ahead in which to pivot and propel yourself forward. Every single one of those days is a window into your legacy. An invitation to be, create, explore, and chip away at this thing we call life. One 24-hour segment at a time.
While you have a decade ahead to work on design improvements, you have the ability to begin manifesting this project of YOU Version 2020 right NOW. Based on exploring the exercises in this post, begin executing your vision. Ask questions. Be present. Let go of 2019 and the past 10 years so that you can embrace the next 10. Position acceptance and self-trust at the forefront of how you lead you. One choice at a time.
Don't get bogged down in the concept of the next 10 years. Instead position clarity and intention into each new day, starting today. Then chase every one of those intentions with an in-the-moment commitment and solution toward living a legendary life!