March’s Full Moon was termed The Worm Moon by Native Americans because with the warm weather came the appearance of worm casings above the softening ground.
On a balmy evening, the night of March 23rd nearly 40 women from all over Ventura County gathered under a starlit sky for another Women’s Full Moon Hike.
The feedback I received from last month’s was the perfect blend of positive and motivational-exactly what I needed. In lieu of feeling anxious, like I did in my post here, this time I felt empowered. This month, I felt a little more Gandalf -like, leading the women up the hillsides of Ventura.
March’s group was twice as large as our group in February. I saw several familiar faces and even more new ones. This time some of the ladies came early to picnic. We had another adventure trying to locate the elusive moon but cheered in unison as it made it’s appearance just as we were leaving. I was overwhelmed with euphoria the entire night.
Studies show spending time with friends has a larger impact on our physical and emotional well-being than spending time with family.
When I was married to husband #1 (at the ripe old age of 22), I didn’t take much time out for me – let alone my friends. I completely threw myself into the role of wife and mother for eight years. I naively thought I didn’t need anyone else in my life, but my little family. In retrospect, there are memories of feeling isolated and even a bit depressed. If I could share some words of wisdom to 20-something year old me, it would be to maintain some level of independence and connect with other mothers, wives, sisters on a regular basis.
I believe when women continue to come together in a safe place – an immeasurable bond is created. A sisterhood. The benefits of female friendship are endless.
I am proud to say, I have found my safe haven, under the moon and within my tribe of these magnificent women that gather with me.
Our next hike is Friday, April 22.