Here at Women Aloud we’re all about bringing women together through the conversations we have, the words we write, and the stories we share. With this website and the events we host, we want to encourage more women to be ‘aloud’ – to be honest – to share their feelings, their experiences, their aspirations. To use their words to build friendships, to make connections, to learn from each other. To inspire and support. To talk about the big and the little things in life.
All women, whatever your age, are welcome to get involved. We all have different careers, interests and opinions. But, what we have in common is that we’re real women living the highs and lows of real life.
We’d love to welcome you into our community of women. (And if you’re more of a listener than a talker, that’s more than ok, we want you to join us too!)
Let me tell you a bit more about the world of Women Aloud…
A few years ago a lot of my female friends were in a different phase of life and were moving away, so I wanted to make new friends; to feel part of a supportive group of women. Nothing against men but I was looking for female conversation and a sense of community that was women-only. Dating for friends seemed a bit intense so I started Women Aloud London, a small group of women who would meet up monthly. Numbers grew and many of the women are still people I’m connected with. Then after a few years, I was the one doing the ‘marriage, baby and a move out of London’ thing. Being new to Hertfordshire and not wanting to totally lose the person I was before motherhood, I set up another Women Aloud group in my new hometown of St Albans. Once again I’ve met a great group of women and our community has been getting stronger and stronger.
So, where next for Women Aloud?
Myself and Women Aloud are embarking on something of a journey. For myself personally my new journey is because in complete contradiction to the plan I didn’t return to corporate life after having my first daughter. This led to a few sleepless nights (of my own doing not because of said baby); some pretty raw self-reflection…plus a lot of conversations about what to do next. And it’s been these conversations that have made me appreciate the power of women and our words. I realised that I can learn something from every woman I talk to. And that’s the reason why I’d like to take Women Aloud on a journey too.
I believe that our words, our life experiences, the conversations we have – they are what connect us. So, going forward (and without sounding too cheesy!) I’d like Women Aloud to encourage more women to be ‘aloud’ – to be honest about their lives and their feelings. I want to share words of wisdom to help women feel happy and healthy. I want to celebrate successes and champion other women. I want our community of women to become influencers, spreading the word about women-led businesses and promoting initiatives that matter to women. And I want to help women to carve out more time for themselves because so often we end up leaving ourselves and our needs at the bottom of the list and that just doesn’t seem quite right. We deserve more! We deserve our time; to be seen and heard; to show up as ourselves without having to pretend all is perfect in our lives. We deserve to learn and grow; to do more of the things we enjoy; to feel part of something.
So, if you’d like to make it a bit more about you or if you’re looking for community, conversation and inspiration, then please do come join us.
We host (currently online) events most weeks – book clubs, podcast clubs, wellness and lifestyle talks, creative sessions and socials. Plus sharing our words online is another part of what we do. It’s cheating a little in the literal sense of ‘aloud’ but our blog is one of the ways that members of the group can talk ‘out loud’ for all to hear. We also have our online hub where our members can connect and share with each other.
Interested? Here’s how to get involved with Women Aloud…
- Come to our events – at the moment these are held online. But we hope to be running them again soon in person in the St Albans area. (And if you’ve got something you can speak about at one of our events or if you’ve got an event you think our members might be interested in, please do get in touch).
- Join our free Facebook Community Group
- Sign up for our Women Aloud Membership
- Send us your blog posts – we really want to fill this site with your words
- Give us your reviews and recommendations – we love a bit of word-of-mouth
- Share your story (anonymously if you prefer) – we’d love to hear your honest, heart-felt (good and bad) life experiences
- Tell us if you’re a woman in business – it would be great to support more women doing their own thing, to hear about your business journey and see if we can work together
- Join us on Facebook or Instagram for some quick fixes of inspiration and life talk.
A final word…
I’d love to welcome you into our community and see where the Women Aloud journey takes us. I’m always keen to hear your feedback and if you’ve got something to share or any great ideas, please do email me – firstname.lastname@example.org