The author of this post found family by creating her own unique sisterhood of women to support each other in friendship and in business.
Families come in many shapes and sizes, but ultimately the true meaning of the word “family” is the same regardless of who makes up your tribe. A family is a group that provides you a sense of community and belonging. They make you feel loved, supported, challenged and connected.
Particularly as women, it’s important for us to have another family outside of our traditional family—a sort of “sisterhood”—comprised of those who understand the particular challenges and emotions we face in our daily lives.
With the popularity of social media, many of us believe we are staying connected without truly developing meaningful and authentic relationships.
As I took stock of my life a few years ago, I realized how many women were feeling exactly as I did. They wanted to find people like themselves. They wanted a place filled with creativity, inspiration, friendship and people who have your back no matter what.
In the heart-centered community I envisioned, women would build each other up and not tear each other down. No drama, no gossip, no backstabbing, no jealousy. This would also be a place where women could put themselves first so they could be better wives, mothers, daughters, sisters or friends, following the ideology that investing in yourself is not about selfishness, but about self-perseveration.
The world is filled with exclusion. I wanted to create a community that is all about positivity and inclusion. Enter my idea for The Travelling Sisterhood.
“Women who understand how powerful they are do not give into envy over meaningless things, instead they fight to maintain the beautiful bond of the sisterhood. These are the real women who know that we need each other’s love and support to survive in this world. Love is the essence of being a woman. We must be that light of love that seals the bond and unique beauty of our sisterhood.” –Bindu
I founded The Travelling Sisterhood to create that place where every woman feels safe expressing herself, completely and authentically. My vision to carve out a space where women empower and inspire one another to take control of their lives was realized. Our group offers the environment of trust and safety that I always desired.
If you don’t feel like wearing heels to an event, that’s okay! When you’re with your “sisters” you don’t need to put on a persona, you’re home. You can be exactly who you are.
Our mission is to connect women from all over the world, regardless of race, religion or economic status, and help them to start and maintain friendships that can last a lifetime. Virtual platforms and events have helped to establish thousands of real personal and professional connections. Over the past year these have brought together more than 4,500 women from everywhere between Toronto—where I live—to Sydney, Australia. The premise is social first, business second: giving women an opportunity to get to know, respect and trust each other on a personal level before working together. Afterall, the best business opportunities are born from strong, trusting relationships, and we’d love for you to be part of this great initiative that offers plenty of opportunities to expand your own network of like-minded women.
Every woman has a story: we are all on our own unique journey that helps shape who we are, how we live our lives and how we influence the lives of others. How we choose to share and communicate upon this journey, and particularly, who we choose to share with – makes all the difference to our personal and professional success. It’s our ‘sisters’ who are going to help us grow to the next level within our personal journey.
While true sisterhood cannot be forced, it can be cultivated with patience, interest, support and reciprocity. Not every woman will be your best friend, but showing each other respect, compassion and kindness, sisterhood will transform us all for the better.
What I’ve learned is that “Sisterhood” is not a thing or a place—it’s a feeling. And it feels like magic.