This month's Inspiration comes from the founders of "Les Lilas Society" Desiree and Joelle. These 2 very brave and inspiring women knew how blessed they were to have each other after simultaneously experiencing a respective miscarriage and divorce.
"We found support and courage in one another, but also in the wonderful women we are blessed to call friends. They generously offered their time, unconditional love and insight. They helped us heal. In that time, we both received more than we thought possible."
~Les Lilas Society
They made it their goal in 2016 to create a safe space for women to come together and share their stories.
"Our mission is to unite women in a safe, comfortable and judgment-free space to learn from one another. We strive to build a diverse and unconditional society of strength, support and love for women by women."
~ Les Lilas Society
Exactly 1 year ago today, I was lucky enough to be one of the speakers at CONVO III to share my story and share my truth. In a room filled with beautiful strangers, I poured my heart out about my struggles with surviving cancer, not being able to have children and the pain of knowing I will most likely never be a mother. After my speech, I somehow felt liberated and felt a weight lifted from my shoulders. I found comfort in speaking to some women afterwards about their own similar struggles. When we are given a safe space free of judgment to reveal our true selves, there is a shift in the way we connect to one another. We are reminded that we are not alone.
In the 3 events I've attended, women from all walks of life shared stories on a wide range of subjects including eating disorders, the loss of loved ones, battling disease, extreme career changes, divorce, and even abusive relationships. We listened to the stories you don't see on social media. The stories that happen behind closed doors, in dark rooms and dark places we'd rather never revisit. But when we speak about these dark times, we also speak about how we overcame them. How we rose above the pain and found the light in knowing that we could still thrive despite everything we've been through. While our lives are not perfect, we are fighters and survivors. It is in these moments that we learn how to love ourselves again. How to be true to ourselves. How to honor our rights as women to free speech, our rights to be happy and our rights to express emotion without being judged.
In a world filled with fake news, filtered Instagram pictures and Facebook stories that only reveal the sunny side of people's lives, its easy to get lost in the smoke and mirrors. I am grateful to Desiree and Joelle for taking it upon themselves to create a platform like "Les Lilas Society" where women can be fearlessly honest and real in a world that is not. You have empowered women and given them hope for brighter and more meaningful connections.
"What I know for sure is that SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH is the most powerful tool we have."
Thank you, thank you, thank you!