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Love this and love my Mastermind group!! When I first joined Exhale, I remember wondering, How do I find these people like what Ashlee and Katie are talking about? I prayed so much about it because I just felt so alone in my writing. And then we formed this group this past spring, and just like that, they (hey, Lindsay and Courtnie!) feel like soul sisters. Sometimes I’ll try to say something and say it poorly, and they take it and say exactly what my heart was thinking, and I’ll go, “Where did you come from?!??” It’s such a gift!

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!!!! SONYA’S MEMOIR !!!! (I love every word of this btw)

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YES. If I want someone to tell me I'll do ~AMAZING~ no matter what, I text my mom. If I want real advice that comes with the weight of mentorship, care for the craft, and publishing industry experience, I text my mastermind. 🤣

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Why am I crying?!

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This sounds like an amazing thing ... Might have to build up my own 😍

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Love reading about the evolution of your group, it’s beautiful. And I also know the benefits of having a mastermind group of other women. I was invited to one with two other incredible women and we also keep up on Voxer and meet once a month on Zoom because we all live in different states. The value it’s added to my life is incredible and such an answer to prayer.

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I admittedly skim some newsletters in my inbox, but this one roped me right in. Also, I clearly have a secret friend crush on Katie 🤣 because whenever you talk about her, I think, “Of course she’d say that, she’s wonderful,” as if I know her in real life.

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Love this!

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I love this so much!! I just have to tell you that every time you’ve talked about connecting with your friends over Voxer, it gives me the courage to reach out to my own friends. It has opened up so many doors for real authenticity between me and other like-minded women God has placed in my path. Thank you for being will to “go first” and nudging me on to do the same!

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I love this and love watching the growth that has come from your mastermind group. As I read this essay, my heart ached and wished for my own kind of group. One that supports always, encourages one another, helps with boundary setting and dream chasing. I have yet to find my group that matches my energy, my desire to strive, my constant state of improvement, my need for the reminder to rest. I am hopeful that one day the group will come, the community will be there and I too can relish in the joy and comfort of having those around me that lift me up when I am down and push me forward when I am in a place of doubt. I am in awe of your group of women and hope you know just how special it is to have what you have.

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So much love for this and also praying I can one day (hopefully soon!) find this kind of goes-beyond-creative-encouragement kind of friendship with other writers!

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Love this! Your crew is such a good example of real friendship

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That last paragraph seeped into my soul like no other thing I’ve ever read. Currently feeling those words and so many other emotions while thinking of my mama village and how blessed I feel to have them. True warriors of my heart & family 💛🙏🏻 always love your writing Ashlee! Thank you for sharing 💕

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Welcome back to the Internet Ashlee!

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We all for sure need friends like that!

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Love this! (Started writing out a longer comment and then decided to send as email. :))

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