As a woman, I crave authenticity in my female relationships. At times, this could be classified as over-sharing (for sure guilty of that), but my heart behind it is sharing and giving life to one another.
Living in community.
I was introduced to IF:Gathering last month and fell in love with their vision of empowering, and bringing together women from all over the world. They have a branch of their ministry called IF: Table. And the vision behind it is
2 hours meeting together once a month to have intentional conversation.
For me, I saw this and immediately was IN.
I resonate with this platform, because as a mom of 3 littles, this is all I have time for. I crave that authenticity, and would prefer to skip all the surface level stuff and just cut to the chase. When we’re friends in real life, you prob should know that out of the gates: I’m not afraid of your dirt, and I’m not afraid of you knowing mine. In fact, I’d prefer it if all our cards were on the table in a safe environment.
Anyway, to host my first IF:Table, I admit I went a little fancier than I needed to. I love this stuff though. And I got excited. This is how I show love. And lean into my own gifts.
So don’t compare yourself please if this isn’t your “thing”.
The point of the gathering is the people. Not the stuff.
But I happen to like the stuff. And it’s easy for me.
I’ve come to learn and accept hospitality as a gift.
I sent out an invite, planned the meal (delegated dessert), and simply created the environment that allowed for the conversation to happen. The questions are provided monthly. This month’s looked like this – and we hit on them peripherally but not directly.
I was totally okay with that. Especially since everyone at my table didn’t fully know each other. The conversation was no less intentional. And maybe next month (assuming we meet again), we can hit the questions directly.
I fully caught the vision. And my vision expanded from there. I immediately knew people needed to know about this. Women need to be gathering in each other’s homes to share a meal and chat with intentionality.
We all have the desire to be known.
And this platform allows for anyone to participate.
Grab 5 friends. Make it a potluck if cooking isn’t your thing. Ask a friend to host if hospitality isn’t your thing. Even if you can’t think of 5 friends, you can scour their Facebook page to see if other local women are interested in gathering too.
I just believe so much in intentional community. I believe in the fruit that comes from being real with one another. I believe in learning from people in similar life stages, and those that have already “passed” through them.
I feel like these are the things that we were made for.
You can search the #IFtable on IG (and find me!) and see pictures of all the women who met last night (worldwide!) to share a meal and tackle the subject of loneliness (which goodness, couldn’t have been more timely for me).
And I love that. I want to be a part of a movement.
Something bigger than me.
That starts in my own community.
So if this resonates with you at all too, will you consider joining in on the movement for next month? Not for me. But for you.
Will you then tell me? There’s solidarity in numbers people. We’re all in this together.
Shop this party (for those that are interested):
Table Runner: Amazon
Throw Pillows: SoVintageChic
Gold Striped Clipboards: Target $1 Bin
Linen Napkins: World Market