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Embracing Connections: Navigating What’s Next With Meaningful Relationships

“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”
Brené Brown

Who are your ELEVATor people?  Who are the people who make you happy?  What actions do you take or activities do you participate in to stay connected with people?

Our program, Embracing Connections: Navigating What’s Next With Meaningful Relationships, took a deep dive into these and other questions about the relationships in our lives.  The program is filled with examples about how we live, what keeps us connected, and insights women can use to build more engagement and connections, create more community, and cultivate stronger relationships in all aspects of life – personally, professionally, and romantically!

Don’t miss the video replay and program takeaways below!

Key Program Takeaways

These nine science-based elements are essential for building and maintaining meaningful connections with others:

  • Intentionality
  • Proximity
  • Connectivity
  • Commonality
  • Vulnerability
  • Dependability
  • Reciprocity
  • Flexibility
  • Positivity

Mindset Matters.  Our mindset determines so much about how we come to the process of creating connections.  If you have dating fatigue and you’re not in a positive mindset, it will impact how you see the people you are trying to connect with, and how they experience you – and not in good ways!

Cultivate Optimism.  Reframe your mentality – it’s not an if but a when love comes to you.  Love exists for every person who wants love, but we must take intentional steps to choose it. We are all worthy of love.  Whether the pool is filled with potential partners, or if there is seems like the pool has sprung a leak and looks empty, stay on the journey because love can and will come to you if you seek it. Create a positive regular affirmation about what you seek, because we generally attract what we seek.

Pushing Through Fear.  We’re all aware that there are no guarantees in life.  But if we want to strengthen our relationships, establish new connections, or even meet that special someone who we’ll spend the rest of our lives with, it’s important to understand our fears so that we don’t sabotage our success and happiness. We must be willing to take small, manageable risks.  Also, know your truth. Bless and release the negative people and stories that no longer serve you.

Heard, Helped, or Hugged. Be an active listener. Sometimes when someone is communicating with you, especially in a challenging situation, recognize that they may just want to vent, not be “fixed” or offered remedies. A good question is to ask them directly if they need to be “heard, helped, or hugged” in that moment.

Additional Resources

Below are resources that our speakers shared and that we encourage you to check out to learn more about their work and their services.

Bela Gandhi Bela Gandhi, Founder / Dating Coach at Smart Dating Academy 



Dr. Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, L.M.H.C., C.E.O, Collectively- A Radlauer Venture

A Final Message

We hope this program motivates you to forge new connections, nurture current relationships, and live your best life.

To learn more about CAP STRAT or if we can help you talk through your financial life and how to move forward in a trusting advisor relationship that creates clarity and confidence, please reach out to us.

Please let us know if you would like to have a conversation with us. Email the CAP STRAT Women’s Forum with any questions at! Or call us at 630.320.5100.

Barbara Best

Barbara Best, AIF® is a Founder and Principal of CAP STRAT, and Founder of the CAP STRAT Women's Forum


Nancy is a Principal and founding partner of CAP STRAT, and Founder of the CAP STRAT Women's Forum

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