"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Minimalist Staircase
Zoom ID# 889 6756 4499 | Password:  nextstep

"Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step."
- Naeem Callaway

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 original CoDA 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...

Women Empowering Women Support Groups offers several recovery groups (CoDA and ACA) including our very own group that is not a recovery group or affiliated with any other, and offers a place for women to come together and support those who seek to create healthier and happier lives. We realize many women simply need a safe place to share and to learn about topics that are relevant to women in our society. We attempt to maintain inclusivity whenever possible due our requirement for members to identify as a 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 our members are COLLECTIVELY BECOMING, we decide what our next steps should 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 we selected to describe the active evolution of our group and our members individual transformation. 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 they can be. 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.  The process we use it simple...to share our knowledge & resources, provide educational information that support and encourage each other and to hold a safe container for those who choose to attend our meetings and webinars. It is our only go to help each other successful reach the next level by supporting each other. 

(Citation: Miriam Webster Dictionary [Online]

Our Intention

For clarification, the following is an ongoing and every changing list of our groups intention so we can embrace the process of co-creating the culture of  Women Empowering Women Support Groups. 

Our WEW 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 desire 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 Women Empowering Women Support Groups & our very own "Next Step" Meetings. Our members are amazing individuals who support one another in both 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 and grief could have ended my life, but I kept going. I had the resources to get the help I needed. I wanted 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 continue to share information and valuable tools that people can use in their daily lives. I add information regularly to the site, teach workshops, host meetings, do webinars and plan to start a podcast for women. I will continue to share my knowledge and resources with our community. Our well-being should be the first thing we attend to before doing anything else. Healthcare should not be held hostage by those in power or for the few who can access it. This information should be free for public consumption. I intend to play a role in making that happen for this community and beyond. 

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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