Networking in Surrey

Fabulous Women: Reflections on the first year

A year ago today Fabulous Women announced the launch of a Fabulous Women networking group in Guildford, headed by Jill Bennet. 

A year later Fabulous Women has announced over 47 groups announced across the South East with managers appointed to run 10 regions namely: Surrey, Kent, East & West Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and London.

How have I done it? Well, to be perfectly honest I’m not sure. It seems to have happened by itself. Some days I’ll wake up and realise just how far Fabulous Women has come in its first year. It can feel somewhat daunting. 

Last year this time, I would have been thrilled to reach my goal of five groups in Surrey opened by Dec 2012. The reality was far different. In what can only be described as a roller coaster year, December 2012 changed into January 2013 with 20 groups and 7 regional agreements in place. 

It’s February 26th. There are 10 regions represented and over 47 groups opened, or opening. And, there is more to come as the regions get going and open an increasing number of groups. 
The sheer number of people who have bought into the Fabulous Women vision is staggering.  Suddenly, the world sees me differently. For some reason, people look at me and see success. Some lovely ladies have even emailed me and said “Thank-you”. One even said I was role model. 
How did this happen?
I’m a humble person in a lifelong quest to lead a simple life (which has so far escaped me).  I’m no different to the person I was last year. Except more people know I exist.  I’ve done nothing more than put an identity to a philosophy many buy into. That’s all. 
Sometimes it’s scary. 
Like yesterday when I was doing some avatars for some of the new groups. The number of groups looked awfully long so I counted them. 47. FORTY-SEVEN!!!! How did that happen?
All of a sudden the sheer scale of Fabulous Women’s growth in the last year hit home. There is no walking away now. There is no way to just stop. It occurred to me how many people I am responsible for. It occurred to me how much more there is to do. 
I won’t lie. It terrified me. Left me breathless for a while. I felt grateful for all the support and good wishes. Grateful for the number of people who believe in Fabulous Women and who trust me to get it done.  And then received a few lovely emails. 
The fear quickly dissipates when people support you with their belief. We all need absolute belief in ourselves. Sometime though, we need other people to absolutely believe in us. Just at those brief moments when the thought “OMG. What have I done?” pops in. 
Thank-you for making the first year for Fabulous Women more rewarding, more exciting and more boundary-stretching than any other journey I’ve been on, ever. 
Don't forget you can join my team at meetings across the South East. Or at my groups which are Woking, Chiswick and Henley-on-Thames. 
In fact, why not look at the new boardroom style meetings ... I've called them hothouse

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