I was an adventurer before I was a mom. Then, you know, got “The Hubs”, started a family and life kind of changed a bit. I found myself in two worlds. All my “mom friends” were indoorsy and my “adventure friends” were childfree. My longtime adventure friends are so amazing with my kids and have helped me so much so it has been possible for me to climb or just get outside. They have become honorary aunts and uncles and I am so grateful to these awesome people. You know who you are!!!
That being said I still feel guilty when they have to help. Since they weren’t having any kids I decided to branch out and find someone like me. I couldn’t be that rare right?? A climbing mom with kids? If I could meet another one or two of those, we could take turns watching the kids and they would have playmates more their own age.
Enter Social Media. I looked for mom friends in my Facebook mom groups, no luck. So I turned to Instagram and put myself out there. Jackpot! I found some amazing families and I am constantly so inspired by them. I have met so many rad local mamas that I might never have found and I’ve made some amazing long distance friends.
I found so many groups like @TinyBig Aventure and @AdventureMamas , that are full of stoke. They are platforms where women are supporting each other, coming together and building each other up. It takes a tribe. I even linked up with an incredible mama, @BorntobeAdventurous and our daughters are pen pals and we send videos of the girls to each other and chat regularly.
I think somewhere along the lines of the digital age everything got a little closer…but farther. Fortunately with the digital age you can choose to make the world a little smaller and connect with so many amazing people. Find your tribe. Your tribe is your people, people who get you. People who accept you as you are. People who encourage you and inspire you.
One of my favorite quotes is: “When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with cries of “Me, too!” be sure to cherish them, because those weirdos are your tribe”
I truly believe the saying your vibe attracts your tribe. If you are being true to yourself you will attract people with common interests and goals. Your tribe will cheer you on when you are doing well and pick you up when you are down. I have decided to choose to be around people who build up and make me feel good when I’m with them. I can only hope I make others feel that same way.
I have found my tribe with these amazing women and I love that we can sit and talk kids, epic adventures or both for hours and support each other. Sometimes we are incredible goal setting and smashing women and sometimes we are home trying to keep up with a hundred loads of laundry, dishes and helping the kids with their homework.
They’re everything I need. My tribe. And social media made it possible.