I had a little guilt after I posted my picture on Instagram with the caption, “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back!” but hear me out. I truly believe that “Empowered Women, Empower Women” but sometimes the tribe behind your back is not the one you picture or the one others picture you having. Maybe you’ve got a great group of girlfriends, a sisterhood, and a bond that’s strong and beautiful. Or maybe it’s a group of female co-workers that seems to ebb and flow like the river. However, that’s just not my story. That’s not to say that I don’t have some great female friends who support me or female co-workers that are of my tribe, it simply means the people that support my rise into my business are unconventional when it comes to the truth.
Let’s start with this first. “Empowered Women, Empower Women”? Yes! Absolutely. But also I have a truly exceptional husband that supports my business, who will under no protest sit and help me when I have an order or multiple orders. When I need to sit and work, he figures it out. Saying that he’s helpful is an understatement. And the tribe that has my back? Its family… My mom is my best and biggest hype cheerleader in all areas of life but also when I feel insecure about this entrepreneurial quest that I am on, she’s so there to tell me to, “Keep Going!”
Who is my tribe then? It’s mainly 5 girls under the age of 16 who constantly like everything I post on Instagram and cheer me on when I show them new products (My nieces and cousin). I hear “cool”, “I love that”, “Please make me one” and “It (my soap) smells so good”. Teenagers are some of the toughest and most critical critics (if that isn’t redundant enough) and they often tell me like it is. These are the building blocks of my support system and my tribe. Half the time they don’t even know it. So the guilt that I felt the other day posting about the “Tribe of women who have my back” is comprised of more than just a circle of friends and they, my husband and my family should know it!
I bet my bottom dollar that there are others out there cheering me on or rooting for me to fail but as long as my base line, my benchmark and my foundation remain the same we truly can continue to empower each other.