<em>Systergy</em>, n. A collection of women, who by daring and dreaming together, will make synergistic contributions to their own lives and the world.
Based on my experience as a participant last year (when Heather Staker started this all) achieving a 60% score or better in the Resolutionary Challenge requires both dreaming, and definitely some daring.
One of the keys to our success will be systergy, a word derived combining sisterhood + synergy.
Courtesy: Sarah Jane Studios
According to a landmark UCLA study, when women are under stress – and certainly the Resolutionary Challenge involves some stress – we release the hormone oxytocin which encourages us to gather with other women. When we gather, more oxytocin is released, helping to further counter stress.
Which is why the 'dare to dream' logo shows the linked faces of two women.
And why each of you who personally invite two people to participate in the Resolutionary Challenge will be eligible for a random giveaway of this lovely Sarah Jane print (thanks to Macy for introducing me to the work of this amazing artist).
How will I know you've invited two people to participate?
Just send me an e-mail (you can get to my e-mail address here) telling me who you've personally invited; a personal invitation will best activate systergy. Once two of your invitees have signed up to participate, you are eligible to win Sarah Jane Studios' Playing Dress Up.
For a review of the Challenge ground rules, click here.
Are you ready to be a resolutionary?
you are, click on this PayPal button and pay the entry fee; it's going
to show up as $25 ($20 + $5 for shipping). Because I couldn't fix the
glitch, and everyone to date has put in $25 it just makes the pot
bigger! If you don't want to open a PayPal account, let me know --
we'll figure out an alternative arrangement. In the meantime, here's the button:
P.S. on January 17, 2009 -- the winner of the Sarah Jane Studios print is Heidi Weis - Congratulations Heidi!Related posts:
Three cheers for oxytocin
Rock-climbing and rethinking our competence
Mammograms and helping hands