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6-7:30PM CST
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"We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to STEP UP as women and take the lead."

- Beyonce`

We Became a thing...

In 2020 when so many were craving human connection, our Women Empowering Women CoDA Group began online zoom meetings multiple times a week leading to broader scope of topics that were outside of our 12-step program. We became allies and our mutual concern and care for each other was solidified. We established trust as a group and embraced anyone who came into our "zoom womb" and knew those who felt at home would stay and others would go, and that was okay. We formally became a community in May 2020 and The Next Step was born. Our community has grown exponentially and now has members spanning the globe.

Who we are...

The Next Step Community is richly diverse. We attempt to maintain inclusivity whenever possible due our requirement that members identify as female. We come together in numerous ways; social media platforms, weekly online meetings, online workshops, through our App...there is no rule of how you choose to take part in the community.

We like to say that are group and our members are COLLECTIVELY BECOMING, we decide what our next steps be and where they lead is limited by what we feel is best for us or in some cases, what allow to hold us back. 

To Clarify: "Collectively", as an adverb is a group; as a whole.(Citation: Miriam Webster Dictionary [Online]

 

Collectively Becoming is a term selected to describe the active evolution of our groups continuous transformation. We get what we put into our life and our group. We put forth effort to promote the greater good in our lives and in the lives of others. How we do this is to share our knowledge and the lessons we have learned in life authentically. We support each other by co-creating a safe place in which each of us can be seen and heard. This group aims to empower all of its members to be their healthiest and happiest selves. We are on a journey to decide WHO we are, WHAT we want in our life, WHERE we need to make adjustments and HOW to do it with grace and compassion.  by sharing our knowledge, supporting each other. 

(Citation: Miriam Webster Dictionary [Online]

Intentions

For clarification, the following represent some of our INTENTIONS that we embrace that begin the process of co-creating the culture of The Next Step community. 

Our Next Step Intentions

  • We aim for Collective Interdependence. 

  • We do not judge, shame or attempt to control others.

  • We support healthy boundaries and simply provide information to our members.

  • We are working to become healthier individuals and know we are worthy of love and happiness.

  • We attempt to have and maintain healthy relationships.

  • We support each other as we determine our NEXT STEP in our journey toward a life of authenticity.

  • We hold space for each other in our private online meetings, and workshops.

  • We forge relationships with other members who have similar interests and hobbies.

  • We give back to the community as a whole by providing resources, information, and reach out to see what is needed.

  • We contribute to this group, and share what works for us.

  • We build each other up and resist the urge to compare ourselves to other members.

  • We understand that we are one of a kind and celebrate our differences.

  • We honor our consent to receive and only give advice when we are asked.  

  • We honor our Yes and celebrate our NO's.

  • We are not obligated to financially support this community.

  • We agree that contributions sustain our group and are appreciated when you can do so.

  • We place self-care above obligations and realize its essential to maintain a healthy life.

  • We are aware that perfectionism destroys a healthy life and resist engaging in it.

  • We strive to stay present in our daily life by engaging instead of avoiding.

  • We speak of religion, politics, race, sexual orientation, etc. only when consented by all within the confines of that specific discussion. 

  • We give back to our local communities and encourage sharing about it.

  • We honor a persons consent, peoples names should not be used without their approval, what we share in meetings stay in the meeting unless approved otherwise. Confidentiality keeps us safe. 

  • We invite anyone we feel would benefit from our group to join by accessing this cite or Social Media and Meetings.

  • We are not obligated to attend meetings, or do anything that we do not "consent" to...we celebrate our NO's.

  • WE ARE NEW...we are growing and becoming the group that YOU need us to be. This is a labor of love for us, we need support from other women in and outside of this group to sustain us as a resource and community. 

From our Founder

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Kimberly Sprintz

I am honored to be the Founder & Director of The Next Step. This group is filled with amazing individuals who support each other in all of our individual and collective endeavors. I saw a need in May 2020 and took the "next step" to create this group. My story of trauma, abuse, addiction, depression, grief, could have ended my life, but I kept going. I had the resources to find the help I needed to LIVE life not merely survive it. I discovered a fire within me to help other women who struggled as I did.

 

Through this journey, I found my worth and my power. I am enjoying the consequences of my decision to change the trajectory of my life. I am currently working on my Master's of Clinical Psychology and will complete my higher education with my Doctorate of Psychology as a licensed Psychologist. I have learned so much and have gifted that knowledge to this community.

 

Whether you are parenting for the first time, just starting your adult life, experiencing grief, in bad relationships, divorce, career change, the list is unlimited and you are welcome here.  

 

There will be many new group meetings to come in our program and our community is so richly diverse, you will be in astounded of the myriad of ways you can change your life for the better. I have learned to show up and do the best I can, honor my needs and stay grounded and faith provides me with abundance to do my part as a leader, a student, a mother, a partner, a friend, and woman. 

This is my passion project and is becoming more beautiful everyday with each new member. I would be honored to hear from you if you have questions, feedback, suggestions, or would like to play an active role in whatever capacity resonates with you. 

ALL of YOU (the mess, the joy, the pain) is welcome here. Thanks for taking the time to read this and I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings. You can also get a better feel of our group on Facebook. 

Welcome to YOUR community!

 

With Love and Appreciation,

 

Kimberly Sprintz

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