For Women Only: On Nurturing Connection

Hello and happy Friday everyone!  I’m excited to share the next installment of the For Women Only series.  This past week, I was thinking a lot about connection and the ways that I stay connected with my group of girlfriends.   I typically, as I’m sure many of you do, stay in touch through phone and email.  Well, several years ago now, a small group of us decided to be intentional about staying connected as a group.  We meet on a regular basis as a means of offering support and encouragement to each other.  What started then has continued through today and I wanted to share how this was made possible.

Free Conference Calls
One of my friends located a company that provided a phone number and access code that we could all use to connect with each other on a regular basis.  The service was set-up so that the number and code was dedicated to us.  It has proven to be a wonderful and convenient way to stay connected.  It’s been so long that I don’t remember the name of that original company, but wanted to share some others with you.  I am not endorsing any one, but instead encourage you to research each one and see which one may be the right for you.

FreeConferenceCallHD.com

FreeConference

FreeConferenceCall.com

You may also want to check out this article on Mashable, in which 4 other conference calling services were compared.

Web-Based Connection
For those of you who prefer some web-based connection options I want to share the following:

Skype – Did you know that you can conduct small group calls on Skype?  This can be a great way to connect with friends, particularly if many of you live in different countries.

Google+ Hangouts
  – This is another great one that I have used.  I have found it to be a little tricky at times, due to my computer being a bit older.  Installing some updates, however, has enabled me to use it fairly successfully.

SGrouples – This is a wonderful and secure social networking platform.  You can create a group and invite your girlfriends.  You will then have the ability to share in a written forum that is for your eyes only.  It’s a great way to share written messages that everyone will receive.  You can share words of encouragement, articles that you have found inspiring or maybe just some silly pictures of you living your life!

No matter what method or methods you use, I encourage you to make staying in connection with your friends a priority.  I find that engaging in meaningful connection on a regular basis can be very grounding and enable us to better manage the stresses of our day-to-day lives.

These are just a few ways to stay in connection with friends that I am familiar with, but am sure there are even more.  If you and your girlfriends are already doing something like this or have found another way to connect that you love, please share in the comments section below.  I would also love to hear from the men if you have used any of these methods.  I’m also wondering what ways staying connected may look different than it does for us women!

Thanks for stopping by and please come back next week for the next installment of the communication/relationship series.

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