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  • Writer's pictureAshley Wilson

Building Modern Villages

Updated: Mar 8

When I hear the words “It takes a village” I picture a vibrant tribe, nestled along the tranquil banks of a winding river, women gather under the shade of ancient trees while they do their work. Grandmothers, their faces etched with the wisdom of generations, sit alongside mothers cradling babes in their arms.

Here, amidst the serene beauty of nature, knowledge flows like the river itself, while people work alongside each other for the betterment of their community. Here the women of the village weave the fabric of their community tighter, binding themselves together in a tapestry of support and sisterhood.

Today we are mostly strangers gathered in a sleek boardroom sitting at a granite table in leather chairs, we are a gathering of professional women. From various backgrounds and walks of life, we come together, each carrying her own story and experiences.

As we exchange ideas and resources, the air crackles with laughter and camaraderie. Jokes about outdated gender roles give way to reflections on the strides we've made. Gone are the days when a woman's domain was confined to the kitchen; now, we stand as architects of our own destinies, shaping the future with our determination and resilience. 

Being the architects of our own destinies can become exhausting! In a world where we are expected to be everything to everyone, all the time. The more we chat the more it seems clear we are building our own villages fortified with an array of support systems tailored to our needs. Accountants & marketing professionals ease the burdens of day-to-day business operations, While handymen work their magic, fixing the little disasters that threaten to unravel our domestic bliss. Nannies become the heroes of our hectic lives, while AI and virtual assistants streamline our tasks with unparalleled efficiency. Strangers we meet today could easily become part of our villages and all of these people become our friends, our tribe, our village.

In a world that often champions individualism, we're reminded that it's okay to lean on others, to seek help when needed. Our villages may look different, but the essence remains unchanged, a sanctuary of support and solidarity.

So, to all the women who feel the weight of the world on their shoulders, to all the women I met today remember this: it's okay to need a village and thank you for reminding me. Embrace the diversity of your support networks, and never hesitate to utilize the resources at your disposal. In the tapestry of life, it's the threads of connection that weave the strongest bonds.


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