The Girlfriend Manifesto

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You don’t need us to remind you of the importance of girlfriends.
How many of us have the kind of families who are able to truly see, or understand who you really are. How many of us know what it is to be lonely in a crowded room?
Romantic relationships can fulfill a part of us, though there are sides of us that the men in our lives are never going to quite get in the way that our girlfriends do.
Good girlfriends are those who love you warts and all, they are a constant, they reflect back to us ourselves, minus the self-doubts we lug around within-they see what we’re capable of and wish for us to shine and accept our shadows too. Knowing they’ll be there when the shit hits the fan, knowing that she/they also spot that ‘elephant in the room’ and don’t pretend it’s not there can be the difference between feeling crazy, and feeling that all is exactly how it should be..
They say like attracts like, so without further ado, I shall introduce Ayesha, “Head Mistress”, creator, and 1/2 of The Girlfriend Manifesto; an empowering online space for women via coaching and programs, and in person at retreats and ‘Girlfriend Weekends’.
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“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”

She will need her sisterhood! I…will…need…my…sisterhood! I remember reading this quote by Gloria Steinem and letting each word wash over me out loud in a different way. A different cadence each time. Until it made me shiver in realization of how I was missing my sisters, my sisterhood.

So I did what I was sparked to do. I created a name; The Girlfriend Manifesto. I created a private event; a celebration of sisterhood in my craft studio and business at the time. I invited women I knew and loved, as well as few women who I really wanted to get to know better. We ate. We drank wine. We wrote an adventure list of things that scared and excited us, and most of all we shared deeply. We all left feeling lighter and more seen. More ourselves I would later come to realize.

At the time I heard the call to the sisterhood I could see no more then the first few steps of gathering women. So what began as a monthly meeting with friends in my small hometown of Chattanooga Tennessee, turned into an online movement with my long time sister and friend Shanda, the other half of The Girlfriend Manifesto. Together we envisioned a place where women could embrace adventure, create a manifesto for a juicy life, practice self love, and connect spiritually with other heart centered women.

Shanda and Ayesha

Shanda and Ayesha

 We say fuck perfection, get ready for some amazing adventures, and don’t forget to be brave!

What started as just a blog has flowered into where we now find ourselves; with a vibrant online community of sisters who have attended our first ever retreat called Women On The Rise, our virtual and in person meet-ups where we have conversations about everything that affects women’s lives, our blog where we share our stories as well as stories of other women and men who inspire us to be more at home in our bodies, our experiences, and our lives.

As a women who highly identifies with being passionate, intentional, and soul driven I have imaged the next steps for The Girlfriend Manifesto are writing a “DIY” style book on adventure and sisterhood with challenges, worksheets, and lifestyle projects. We also have imagined a house party tour in an Airstream connecting with women in some of our favorite places in the United States while facilitating a conversation and activities about being a women on the rise.

Shanda and Ayesha manifest!

Shanda and Ayesha manifest!

In creating this space online we had no idea how much we would be touched by the stories, letters, questions and comments we would receive. We also had no idea how many sisters we would grow to have and love.

“Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known”

…and we are joyfully a part of creating that chain. (Quote by Nellie L. McClung)

Ayesha also uses her design and creative talents to work with brands to create a more ‘soulful presence’ online and in print. She is currently in the process of opening an apothecary and healing center in her hometown, Ophelia’s Wild Hearts. She carries a list of things that make her happy and currently on the top are: fresh flowers, hammocks, rose water, the feeling you get in the airport when going some place new, vulnerabilty, and radical honesty.

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  1. Abby

    Everyday these ladies cheer for women everywhere! I didn’t know such strong bonds could be created online but it’s true!

    June 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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  3. Morgan

    Love these ladies and glad to discover what you are doing on your site! Sisterhood x 2, check!!!

    June 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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