The crux of WomenNavigate.com focuses on the journeys women navigate through new, and the often challenging, experiences. Sometimes the new experiences joyfully and easily lay out like a path meandering through a garden. Other times the arduous, prolonged trek feels like slogging an oxygen-deprived route up Mt. Everest.
Whether seamless or difficult, navigating these times provides experience. Experience provides knowledge and strength. Once you’ve navigated these challenges, you haven’t merely survived; you have actively grown through experiential learning.
How that experience affects you and what you’ve learned from it, enables you to advance in your life. Experiential learning, and vicariously learning from friends’ experiences, enables us to survive — and even thrive through life’s most gruelling slogs.
The main goals of Women Navigate are to:
- Help women grow and learn from experiences by writing and sharing
- Help women learn from others who have navigated a specific topic
- Ensure women that they’re not alone in the challenges they face.
Message from Women Navigate’s Founder
In the past dozen years, I’ve navigated some fairly challenging experiences. My brother died. My son was born premature. I separated and divorced after 20 years of marriage. I had a hip replaced. My dad, sister-in-law and a close colleague all died within the same month. And after advancing through the same company for more than a decade, my position was eliminated, and I was terminated.
Although I’ve navigated some pretty good challenges, I’m sure there will be more. And although I feel like some of my experiences have been pretty tough, I am grateful there are many challenges that I have been spared.
Some of life’s challenges can be anticipated like the death of a parent or menopause. Others can’t be anticipated, however due to statistics or genetics, we know they are very real possibilities for us women to navigate.
I am abundantly grateful for and indebted to the strong women who offer their stories and themselves on these pages and through their posts. These women who navigate help guide us on this common trek we call life. Thank you!
I assure you, that whatever your age or status, you are not alone. Other women have met similar challenges and navigated them successfully. And they have navigated them with grace, determination, perseverance, dignity, strength and fortitude. Women navigate and emerge stronger, more determined, and abler to meet the next challenge in life. And you will too!
Women: A gentler soul
Often times these experienced women seem tough, fierce and strong. Their friends may even refer to them as heroes and warriors. However, this leather exterior protects the kinder, gentler, compassionate and empathetic soul that experience births.
This gentler soul desires to share her experience with you—to help you learn and grow and to avoid feeling isolated in your journey.
With this in mind, we invite all women to read the stories of WomenNavigate.com, suggest topics and share with others. We gratefully thank our contributors for sharing their experiences and serving as guides on these paths we navigate.