Heather Briggs helps heart-centred entrepreneurs create Souled Out businesses

Name: Heather Briggs
Business: Brand Strategist & Soul Coach, Radiate Real 


What is at the heart of your business?

I help holistic, heart-centred entrepreneurs connect to their purpose, find their voice and grow their visibility.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

Shecosystem is more than a coworking space to me. The people, the values, the energy, the collaboration, the conversations, the events all make this community feel like a second home to me. I know I will always feel welcome and have a place to land when I need to feel supported and inspired.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?

I wish to give inspiration and clarity to those who feel lost and confused on the path of entrepreneurship.

I wish to receive love, creativity and flow.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

Taking a moment by the office altar & recharging with Dance Breaks!

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs? 

Keep learning, growing and following your soul’s purpose.

 

 Anything else we should know about you?

I’ve created a system to awaken the soul of your brand called the 7 Brand Chakras and have been offering it as an online course. This summer I’m excited to partner with Shecosystem to offer the program live as a 2-day Urban Business Retreat and live mastermind series. If you feel called to exploring your brand this summer, connecting deeply with your purpose and building a business you love – reach out today to speak with me about this program!

 


 

Get in touch with Heather!

Webiste: www.radiatereal.com

Facebook: Radiate Real Community

Instagram: @radiatereal

 

 

 

Angela Lewis: Connecting With People Through a Lens

Name: Angela Lewis
Business: Photographer, Angela Lewis Photography, Society of Females in Art


What is at the heart of your business?
Capturing a genuine experience. It means so much to me when I can connect to someone and get a shot of them having a true moment. I’m usually not overly interested in my subjects being aware of me and can often guide their focus elsewhere while I’m shooting. I mostly photograph womxn outdoors, while we share stories and see what natural elements come into play.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
Being a freelancer and often working alone, its nice to have a safe space to come to with like-minded individuals who are all seeking connection. Plus, the morning circle is such a bonus!

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Wellness – This is 100% my focus for this year. Being mindful of how your body and mind feel on a daily basis, to assure you can achieve your goals happily. Eating whole un-processed foods. Practicing breathing and meditation to shift your focus and have less stress in your life.

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Uplifting, real and motivational conversations .. and smiles!

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
I’m still working on this, by not linking my work to self worth. But one of my go-to’s is heading out for walks during magic hour – works every time!

 

Instagram: @theangelalewis
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/angelalewisphotography

Dreaming Together: Shecosystem & Nurture’s ‘Dream, Girl’ Screening

Shecosystem and Nurture Retreats recently gathered over 30 women for a screening of Dream, Girl: a documentary profiling ambitious and inspiring women entrepreneurs. This film, with its all-woman production team and its  portraits of diverse models of women entrepreneurs and investors sends a powerful message.

It is a message that when venture creation is done in a way that honours our whole selves, it is a tool for women’s economic, social and spiritual empowerment, and in turn a force for changing the world.

Some of my top takeaways from the film:

1. The business case for vulnerability: According to investor Joanne Wilson:  “Vulnerability is one of the most powerful places we can be: it’s where we deeply connect with people, it’s where we engage people in cases that are bigger than themselves.”

3. Entrepreneurship builds resilience: Even someone as “successful” as Marie Forleo still admits to feeling fear and self-doubt.  As Clara Villarosa says, “You melt down, and then you melt up!”

2. Peers are powerful: Filmmaker Komal Minhas says of her ability to accomplish her goal, “It was always there…I just needed to surround myself with ambitious women so I could see it in myself.”

I loved watching the movie together (and snacking on Sonja’s truffle salt popcorn!) but even more powerful was our talking circle afterwards.  We created a safe container to name our fears and voice our dreams.

At registration, we gave each attendee two blank cue cards.  We asked them to write down a dream on one and a vulnerable share on the other, and to place them anonymously  in paper bags. After the screening, we pushed our chairs into a casual circle and passed the paper bags around. Each woman grabbed a “Vulnerable Share” card and read someone else’s fear aloud, commenting on how it landed with her.  Not surprisingly, each card resonated with someone in the circle, and this sharing sparked honest conversations.

Next, we passed around the “Dream” bag and encouraged each woman to speak up and own her dream when she heard it read aloud. Every time, the circle erupted into cheers of validation and support. From providing accessible healthcare services for seniors to going national with an eco-fashion line for kids, these women are visionary dreamers and courageous doers, passionate disruptors and uncompromising in their commitment to serve their communities.

Seeing the nods of agreement and relief around the room when each woman read her anonymous “Vulnerable Share” cue card and the cheers when we claimed our “Dream” cards reinforced Shecosystem’s purpose.

We are creating a space where working on your own dream doesn’t mean working alone.

It’s a space to give yourself permission to break out of isolation and into a space of innovation.

I hope you’ll join us, dream girls.


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Wisdom Wednesday: Crystal-Marie Sealy on Pricing & Self Worth

Be everything to everybody and you’ll be nothing for yourself.”  – John Rushton

 

We’ve all heard this, but after we “nod, smile and agree”, for the hundredth time, how and where do we actually apply it?

 

Service Pricing Application

Have you applied this to your Pricing as well?  A few quick steps, if you’re still losing time and revenue-generating hours to “negotiators.” The big step many of us have yet to take in cementing our pricing is understanding, ourselves, why we’ve set these prices. If you’re simply following the market visible among the low-hanging fruit, ask yourself,  “How many business survive with these prices, in this industry, in the long term?” Do the research. What’s the answer?

1. Get clear, internally, on what it takes for you and your business to #thrive in the long term — sustainably.

2. Find the market, the community, that:
• Already knows it’s needed.
• Values that offering as you do.

3. Walk away from anyone else. Put that energy into staying focused on those who want and need what you offer.

These 3 simple steps are more likely to keep you grounded in, focused on, Why you do what you do at this price, removing the illusions of guilt, fear and defensiveness that arise when you run into those who can’t afford you. If nothing else, you’ll wind up with a better client base.

 

Need a hand?

It is often easier said than done, for some of us. This is not a popular path. Whether you don’t know where to start, or you know exactly what you have to do, but need a safe space to return to occasionally to help you stick with it, I’m here. If you need a quick session, a moral boost through my monthly e-newsletter or those weekly uplifting reminders on social media (see icons below), let’s connect and get you to the next step. Let’s chat! 

 


 

This post was originally written by our member Crystal-Marie Sealy on her blog.

Crystal-Marie Sealy, MBA, is a speaker and business strategy consultant focused on pricing, social media and feasible schedules, for established small businesses, entrepreneurs and executives. As founder of Successiory, Crystal-Marie works with professionals who want to build sustainable (livable) business models around their lifestyles and create sustainable client community on social media. Connect with her and subscribe at www.successiory.ca

Wisdom Wednesdays: How to Make Walking Meetings Work + Walking Wednesdays

We found this article on our friend YouInc’s site and thought you would find it as useful as we do. I had just recently read an article about way to eliminate procrastination by coupling activities you put off with ones you love.  I am not a fan of meeting in general but if I can couple it with an activity I like such as walking then the outcome is win win for everyone. After meeting face to face with clients I always feel better – it is stressful talking time out of my day but once I get out and connect with someone I like and share a similar passion with then the time away from the office is well worth it.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN MAKE TIME FOR LIVING HEALTH AND REDUCED ENTREPRENEUR ISOLATION BY CONDUCTING A WALKING MEETING:

Why? Being cooped up in an office all day when the weather is perfect can feel extra cruel, not to mention distracting.

Fresh air is a known mood booster, and physical activity tends to spark new ideas. So it’s no surprise that a number of people are trying “walking meetings” as a way to be more active while still getting the work done. The math is compelling: Turn two 30-minute meetings per day into walking meetings, and you’ll score five hours of aerobic exercise per week. That’s double what the CDC recommends.

People who’ve tried walking meetings also note that there are benefits beyond physical ones. “A meeting room is all about business,” says Chris Kay, managing director of the Los Angeles office of 72andSunny, an advertising company. He says of walking: “I think it knocks down a barrier. It’s quite personal. You’re just having a chat with someone.” You stay connected, even if the conversation is open, honest, or intense.

But just because the walking meeting has a lot going for it doesn’t mean it can replace all meetings. There are logistical challenges. Here’s how to make a walking meeting work:

Plan The Route For The Length Of The Meeting

First, think through some good routes. Beth Kanter, a social media and nonprofit expert who frequently advocates for walking meetings, recommends plotting out walks that are the typical length of calendar slots: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, maybe even a 60-minute one. Avoid noisy or crowded areas if you can. Sometimes it helps to have a destination (hesitant types might be more amenable to “walking to get coffee” than just “walking”). And check the weather. If it’s unpleasant enough that the weather will be a distraction, you’re better off indoors.

Walking Meetings Work Best For One-On-Ones

Julian Berman, director of platform engineering at digital ad tech company Magnetic, says, “Anytime people aren’t walking astride, they’re going to break off onto other tracks.” In most places, it’s pretty hard to walk more than three abreast without ticking off anyone else on the sidewalk. A nine-person meeting would quickly become three three-person meetings. So the best options for walking meetings are regular one-on-one meetings with direct reports, or informal catch-up sessions. Kay says he likes to interview candidates on walks. “I think you can have a more open conversation,” he says, hopefully easing what is often a stressful encounter. “The lack of formality is helpful.”

Mind Your Partner’s Pace

Unless agreed to in advance, think pleasant stroll, not Olympic speed walking. You’re probably wearing business clothes. The goal is not to break a sweat. (Save that for “sweatworking”: See “Networking Is Over. Welcome Sweatworking?“)

Read more on Youinc


Women in Biz Network and Shecosystem invite you to get healthy and happy with us! Join us every Wednesday at Shecosystem for a walk in the Bloor & Christie neighbourhood. Enjoy some laughs, get some fresh air and watch your network expand!

Timing/Location: We will meet at 10 am at inside Shecosystem at 703 Bloor Street where we will enjoy an opening circle and from there we will go for a walk for up to 1 hour.

Want to work from Shecosystem for the day? Free to purchase day-pass for $25 for WIBN Members and
for Non-Members for $30

Why should you join us:

  • Working in isolation is lonely, so getting to know other like-minded business owners & professionals expands your support network.
  • Sitting at you desk all day isn’t good for your creativity, health, productivity or sanity!
  • When you spend time with other business owners and professionals you get “known” and more opportunities open up for you.


This post was originally written by our member Leigh Mitchell on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

 

Leigh Mitchell is mentoring women to thrive in their careers. Leigh is a facilitator, marketer, #ThriveinmyLife podcast and content creation specialist. Her wish for you is to build a life where you feel complete as a parent, friend, professional, entrepreneur and member of your community. Remember, It is not about perfection it is about awareness. Let’s thrive together.  Learn more about Leigh at womeninbiznetwork.com

Tasha Jade Helps People Heal Themselves and Connect with Their Highest Selves

Name: Tasha Jade
Business:Reiki Practitioner & Integrative Nutrition Coach, Daily Magic


What is at the heart of your business?
Empowering others to take control of their health and awaken the magic within!

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
I joined this community to connect with my tribe – to meet with like-minded souls who cheer each other on and support each other’s journeys.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Support, love, and… snacks! I’ll bring waffles.

 

What does thriving Look like for you?

Doing what you love for a living while being your authentic self. Thriving means having all that you need to grow, and that all aspects of your life are in balance.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

As a Reiki practitioner, energy and healing is an integral part of my day-to-day life. I’m constantly self-practicing, sending healing to others, cleansing the spaces I work in, even sending good juju to the food I eat!

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m a healer by day and a musician by night! I sing and write for my pop/rock band, Tasha & the Sweet Talkers. I think White Sage is the best smell in the entire Universe. I’m a proud Hufflepuff. My favourite X-men character is Storm. Burritos are my vice… And I’ve always got my nose in a book, so if you’ve any recommendations, hit me up!

Instagram: @tjdailymagic
Twitter: @tjdailymagic

Wisdom Wednesdays: Who’s Blocking Your Driveway?

Have you ever been in a hurry to get somewhere, you’re ready to go, you’re on your way and a parked UPS van is blocking your driveway?

These kinds of annoyances are everywhere. And our responses are usually the same: Are you kidding me?!” “How can they be so inconsiderate?” “Didn’t they notice me backing up?” When you’re so wrapped up in being the victim, all you see is an intolerable impediment to your progress. When we’re hopelessly caught up in the snarl of cars or people (and even construction), how much effort would it take to heed the sage advice, “You need to watch where you’re going”?We heard it a million times when we were children. If we didn’t watch where we were going, Mom and Dad warned us, we’d bump into things and people, fall into a hole or walk into oncoming traffic. Or worse! As adults, we know that obstacles are part of life. Our journey is littered with people and things blocking our way, causing detours and delays.

 

Instead of suffering the physical consequences of not paying attention like when we were children, we now face the deeper pain associated with money, people, work, family, and health. All have the potential to be, and often are, unpleasant, and all too frequently we don’t meet our obstacles head on. We avoid them, walk around them, step over them, and even ignore them.

 

So why are we so impatient with blockages? Why do we so quickly jump to conclusions? Perhaps we need to explore who’s really blocking our driveway or sidewalk. Spoiler alert, it’s probably you and here’s what you can do about it:

 

  • RECOGNIZE without judgment. One of the hardest things to do when we’re faced with an obstacle is to put the brakes on and notice what’s happening. Do you have a hold on your thoughts or do they have a hold on you? Notice how your body feels, where your breath is, and what’s going through your mind. Facing an obstruction is where negative, absolute statements don’t help. (Do they ever?) Notice when you say things like, “I’ll never get a good job”; “I’m always struggling to make ends meet”; “I can’t catch a break.” Recognize these negative thoughts and don’t judge them. They’re real. See if you can passively observe them they may start to ease their grip on you.

 

  • RESPOND with compassion. Responding is very different from reacting. When we react, rational thought quickly goes out the window and we move into blame. When we respond, we’re taking the time to reflect on the bigger picture. When you do nothing but focus on that boulder blocking your path, you miss out on the wider landscape that reveals alternative routes to your destination. What would happen if you approached an obstacle with compassion instead of conflict? Who are your allies and companions? Make use of the supports available to you whether they’re people, services or organizations. When you realize that isolation isn’t necessary and can be remedied, anger turns into kindness and kindness makes space to see around obstacles and reveal new possibilities.

 

  • RESET by taking baby steps. It’s all well and good to turn that frown upside down and focus on the positive in a negative situation. But life isn’t that simple, nor should it be. You can’t step away from the facts. Maybe you don’t have enough education to change careers (yet) or there isn’t enough money to buy new shoes for your kids (yet). Maybe you’re just too damn depressed to get out of bed in the morning (today). Overwhelm is the killer of hope. It constricts movement until obstacles appear insurmountable. So, how can you chip away at that boulder one little chunk at a time? Simply focus on one small thing you CAN do right now. Maybe it’s opening a LinkedIn account or phoning that employment agency someone told you about. It could be as simple as calling a friend and making a plan to get out. By taking action you’re breaking a negative, disempowering pattern. One small step can lead to another one until that boulder may not seem as ominous anymore.

 

Breaking down an obstacle is not obliteration in one fell swoop. Movement forward is a process that requires your attention, kindness and intentional action. Whether it’s the UPS truck or a traffic jam, trust that you have the manoeuvres to navigate through life’s detours and roadblocks. No matter how fast or slow you’re moving, remember to celebrate both the destination and the delays along the way.

 

This post was originally written by our member Shari Lash on her blog. Wisdom Wednesdays is a collection of content submitted by our members.

 

Shari Lash, M.A. is the founder of WholeSTEP.  She is a writer specializing in authentic bios and profiles and a workshop designer/leader focusing on self-compassion, career exploration, resiliency, and transition. She can be reached at shari@wholestep.ca

Healing my Energy Body by Pressing the Red Button

I’ve been working with a healer for a couple of months to get my energetic house in order so that I can do my work (big picture work, not just my 9-5) with clarity and grace. At her instruction I’ve done some purging, some candle-lit journaling, some mantra chanting.

 

Last week’s advice was a bit unconventional.

 

Let me rephrase that: it would have been perfectly conventional advice, had it come from an SEO specialist or a business coach. But I was a bit surprised to hear that this week, my spirit guides are asking me to post more videos on social media.

 

And you know what? It’s the hardest spiritual challenge she has given me so far.

 

In spite of  my full awareness of the practical (and apparently spiritual) importance of sharing video content, it makes me deeply uncomfortable. I can post a boomerang of my dancing feet or a video of other people at our coworking space, but am terrified of flipping the lens on myself. I can admit my ignorance in a meeting or bare my soul on a panel, but when it comes to video I think I have to be perfect. I’m  touched and inspired by the vulnerable video shares of some of Shecosystem’s members – Barbara and Sam‘s instagram stories, for example – but when I think of doing it myself, here’s what floods in:

Negative personal associations

A tendency toward self-effacement

Pressure to be original

Self-judgement

Any of these holding you back? Here are some of the hesitations that arise and how I’m flipping them.

 

1. Negative personal associations: Talking to a video triggers visceral memories of an ex who was a serial personal development vlogger, hijacking special moments by talking excitedly to his camera. The moment I flip that screen, I hear his Aussie accent shouting, “Live youah best loife!” The 5-easy-steps-to-success tone makes my skin crawl.

FLIP | Creating new associations: Is it really video that’s triggering? No. It’s the overblown, hyper-positive tone that so many adopt when they are speaking to perceived audiences of tens of thousands. But there are lots of others out there who vlog from the heart, with a full range of emotions in their videos. So instead of rejecting the entire medium, I ask myself

  • Can I speak as if the video is just a mirror with only my own loving gaze on the other side?
  • Can I speak as if the video is my journal, a record for me to flip back to when the only thing that helps is remembering my own resilience?
  • Can I come to associate posting videos with MY voice, not (insert annoying video personality here)?

 

2. Self-effacement: My business is not about me – it’s about holding space for others to work and connect, so who cares about my voice? I don’t want this to be a cult of personality so I’d better stick to being the invisible hand behind the scenes rather than the star on the stage.

 

FLIP| Self-love: Today on the Becoming Wise podcast I heard Pico Iyer talking about the Icarus myth: that we deleted the part about Daedalus warning his son not to fly too low or the wings would become weighted down with moisture. We only see one side of hubris – flying too close to the sun – and forget that limiting our own ascent is equally destructive.

My business is about me. I brought it to life through my own creativity and my ability to connect with others. Reading reviews online, about half of my clients mention me by name – my smile, my vision, my commitment to service – and keeping myself out of the frame doesn’t help anyone.

Showing your face and speaking your voice do not equal stroking your ego, and erasing yourself only means that you are depriving others of this connection and this message.

 

3. Pressure to be Original: I’ll never be able to come up with original content. There’s enough of the same inspirational pap out there, why bother creating more useless internet noise.

FLIP | Honesty and Integrity are more powerful than importance or originality: First of all, the internet is a big place and by putting more content out there, I’m not displacing anyone’s “more important” or “more original” message. I know that what makes a text resonates for me is not necessarily its originality but often the opposite: it’s when I read something and think, “I know that is true in my heart of hearts! That’s just what I’ve been wanting to say!”

(Side-note: I’m laughing at myself as I think, “I should look up that thing by that famous person about why we don’t need to be original.” Please know that  just as you don’t need to be “original” you also do not need to substantiate what is deeply true to you by quoting someone famous who said something similar).

Maybe you’re reading this and the Icarus thing made your feel the weight of your own waterlogged wings. Or maybe you were just scrolling around on Facebook procrastinating from recording your own video and this is exactly what you needed to hear. If I stop myself from recording because I think it needs to be original, I miss out on those small moments of connection.

4. Self-judgement: I sound like Ernie. My ‘s’ sometimes whistles. And what’s with that wrinkle between my eyebrows that makes me look worried all the time?

 

FLIP | Showing up authentically: This is the reason I started Shecosystem: a safe space for people – especially women – to show up in their work-lives without the social pressure to look perfect, hide their flaws and failures, and appear to be always on top of everything. If I can’t show my wrinkles on video, then say goodbye to #3 (Integrity!).

Practising the core values of my business with integrity means giving myself permission to show my imperfections in the same way I encourage others to. Instead of letting self-judgement make me feel ashamed and afraid, I let it be fuel for another courageous leap.

So here I go. Healing my energy body by pressing that red “record” button, going live with my imperfections, and sending an unoriginal but honest message to the people out there who just might hear an echo of their own soul in my voice.

Jessica Rowen supports people during their career journey

Name: Jessica Rowen
Business:Marketing & Community ManagergdR | Grossman Dorland Recruiting


What is at the heart of your business?
Supporting people during their entire career journey.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I had looked into many coworking spaces as an alternative to my office – somewhere to gain focus and inspiration – but none stood out like Shecosystem! The space and Emily Rose just spoke to my soul.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?


I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

What does thriving Look like for you?

I hope that I can be someone that holds space for other members – a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen. I would also be very happy to provide advice or feedback on anything marketing or recruitment related. And for me, it’s about surrounding myself with inspiring women that push me to be my best self.

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Feminism. Because I believe the other core values are a result of truly embracing feminism.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

If I’m being honest, I don’t do a good job of this. I try to take walks, but it’s usually just to grab a coffee so that I can work more. This is definitely an area I would like to improve and feel that working at Shecosystem will help me do just that.

What’s your top piece of advice for other entrepreneurs?

“Nevertheless, she persisted.” — There will always be barriers, but if we help elevate each other, we all win.

Anything else we should know about you?

I am a co-director and mentor for the Parkdale Mentorship Program (PMP), I LOVE hip hop and I’m only discovering the greatness of Harry Potter now.

 

Meet Leyla: Helping Products with Purpose make a Profit!

Name: Leyla Razeghi
Business: Product Strategist, Leyla Razeghi


What is at the heart of your business?


I work with purpose-driven product-makers and store owners so they make more money, grow a sustainable business, leave a legacy and build the lifestyle of their dreams.

I help my clients build strategic plans for growth that align with their purpose, values and target market + I share retail industry secrets that I learned in the top Fortune 500 retail and consumer products company.

 

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?

I love the energy and activities! Coming to Sheco is an amazing experience of productivity, networking and self-care.

 

What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?


Give: Business advice for products + emotional support for ups and downs in business and life.
Get: Connections, spiritual sisterhood, self-improvement, potential clients.

 

What does thriving Look like for you?

Having freedom to work the hours that I want in things that I love. Being able to invest in things that make me happy.

 

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?

Sustainability is key in both life and business.

 

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:

My morning ritual of affirmations and journaling.

 

What’s your top piece of advice for other entrepreneurs?

Focus on your foundations first (the back-end of your business) before you start investing in marketing or what I call “the pretty things”

 

Anything else we should know about you?

Reach out if you want to know more about latin food and culture 😉


If you want business tips for product-makers, I want to invite you to my free group: www.leylarazeghi.com/worksmarter


Join Leyla for a workshop on Perfect Pricing | April 11 at Shecosystem. Register now!

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