Shecosister Leigh Mitchell Reminds Us to Be Patient with Ourselves

Name: Leigh Mitchell

Business: Women in Biz Network

Title: Founder

 

What is at the heart of your business?

I love that question! It is helping women to thrive and be the best version of their self.

 

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

Working in isolation leads to doubt, depression and is just not fun! I WANT TO GO TO WORK AND LAUGH, SMILE, AND CONNECT.

 

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

I wish to give peace of mind to women within this community. If you are looking to be supported and give support to women then mentorship is where it is at and that is what Women in Biz Network is all about.

 

What does thriving look like for you?

Thriving to me is a balance of self-awareness, collaboration, compassion and every day learning.

 

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

Collaboration is how I thrive on a daily basis. I can accomplish shared goals that inspire and motivate collectively. I can’t think of anything more motivating than that.

 

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

I run and meditate on a regular basis.

 

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

Be patient and kind to yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

I am an open book – after I left the corporate world I decided that I wanted to live in a world that valued vulnerability. After cautiously deciding to start a business I found myself constantly put in a position where I had to speak on stage and I found it terrifying.

Eventually I changed my approach, I stopped trying to be the “expert” and just let the “real me” speak openly with humour and resilience (against what I thought would be judgment). Once I did that, I increasingly felt at ease on stage and more comfortable in my own shaky shoes. Being “good enough” was just fine with me.

 

Want to become a Shecosister? Join us! 

If you’re already a member of Leigh’s Women in Biz Network, you’ll get 15% off your Shecosystem membership. Details here


 

Shecosystem is proud to collaborate with Women in Biz Network to offer Mentorship opportunities to our members! 

 

What is WIBN all about?

You are dedicated and determined to have fabulous life, career or business. Why not share all your loveliness with a community of like-minded women who value mentorship, support, honesty, collaboration plus a commitment to self care (who wants to burn out?). With locations in Toronto and Vancouver plus a thriving online community, you will find Women in Biz Network will allow you to truly thrive together! Remember we believe women supporting women will take the world by storm!

Women in Biz Network (#WIBN) is one of Canada’s fastest growing national organizations dedicated to professional & entrepreneurial development for women to thrive together in a shared economy. We empower our community by providing:

 

 

    • Career counselling programs for WIBN Members ONLY : Kickass Career Coaching, Linkedin Badassery and Resume Kickassery

 

    • The Thrive Mentor Mastermind: This is a truly unique opportunity for mindful entrepreneurs and professionals looking to thrive in their lives with the support of fellow WIBN Member participants and six mentors supporting each thrive pillar of your life!  This program was designed to create sustainable growth and positive change so that you can thrive in your business, career and life. 

 

    • A member only website with business directory, templates, tools, videos and action plans for success.

 

 

    • Discounts to events and a variety of lifestyle and business services – including 15% off Shecosystem memberships!

 

    • Opportunity to submit a variety of content to our web site such as advice, events, job postings, testimonials and more

 

    • Benefits plan

 

Investment:

From $20 per month or $200 per year (renewal only $125 per year!)

 

Shecosystem  members get 15% off Women in Biz Network Memberships!

Learn more at Women in Biz Network Membership Perks

 

Meet Our Empowering Shecosister Crystal-Marie Sealy

Name: Crystal-Marie Sealy

Business: Successiory

 

 

What is at the heart of your business?

Empowering solo service entrepreneurs to authentically earn more. Work less. Serve better clients, better. My heart’s cry (scream) is “You’re worth it!” In strategy consulting (pricing, schedule, client engagement, social media), speaking & workshops and set social media packages, I empower YOU to (re)establish the business you intended to start,  that lets you live too! Welcome.

 

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

For deeper feminine community. I’ve been a workaholic for much of my life, and I’m waking up to the other aspects of life, to reconnecting with friends and connecting with new, serendipitous interactions. Great if I get long-term clients too, but it’s primarily to connect in love, light and authenticity.

 

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

I’m simply here to BE, for now. I’m open to seeing what that means.

 

What does thriving look like for you?

Being free to be myself in every aspect of life, and inspiring the same in others, as I prosper to overflow (into the lives of those others) in wealth, energy, health and love.

 

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

Community, sustainability (in a broader sense) and wellness align most with where I am in my own journey, right now.

 

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

 

I literally had to build it into my schedule. Empowering clients to do the same has served as a sort of accountability to myself, as well. Still a work-in-progress.

 

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

Slow down and do it your way. If you don’t know what “your way” is, take the time to find out. It’s truly the only way you’ll have a business that doesn’t drain you, but that energizes you. You’ll then attract the right clients and be okay saying ‘No’ to those less compatible. E.g. Introverts may take calls only on afternoons, Night owls may operate during different business hours.

 

“Do you” and you’ll be surprised to find there are hundreds of potential clients who need Just That.

 

Anything else we should know about you?

We’ll find out, but I suppose I can start with the fact that I migrated to Canada, solo, from the Caribbean at 23, and that the journey can be a very lonely one. I’ve done Jazz & Modern dance performances until the age of 28 – and well 31 and 34, having performed at Harbourfront Centre and Lula Lounge this year. I guess as we get to know each other, more will come to light.

 

 

Check out Crystal-Marie’s Website.

 

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Getting the dance floor started

Shecosystem is officially 1 year old today! My celebration began last night at Nuit Blanche, and I want to tell you all about it.


Under a warm down blanket of clouds, I wandered out with my coven of Good Witches to feel the pulse of the city. First stop: the Wiggly Street party on Queen Street out front of Osgoode Hall where some friends were performing.

We approached and saw a crowd in the standard Toronto Nuit Blanche pose: standing still, head cocked to slightly to the side, wondering through their cellphone screens if this is Art. I figured there must be a live performance going on in front of the DJ booth. I peeked over the crowd and saw that, no, actually they were just watching an empty dance floor. Some minor head bobbing was detected, but zero bodies moving to the beat.

I edged my way through the crowd to the empty space in the front, waved to my friend Yossi on the decks, and let myself be moved. 

Sheco_benefit1Erika and Sabrina joined in. Corinne spotted us and joined in with a few of her friends…and then there were six women, giving ourselves permission to bounce, to be seen, to make the most of this moment. (Here’s the video the DJ captured of these first minutes)

Within 5 minutes, it was a dance party full of smiling strangers, warming up the misty October night. And it didn’t stop until sunrise.

 

Later on in the evening (or more accurately, morning) I recounted this moment to my friend Zohar, an inspiring entrepreneurial community builder whose new hub, Black Rock Coffee (our Koreatown neighbour!) has partnered with Shecosystem to provide member discounts on their goods. His reaction was something like,  “I’m not surprised. That’s exactly what you’re doing in your business.”  

And so as I danced to celebrate Shecosystem’s one year anniversary, Rosh ha Shanah, and this powerful new moon, I embodied that intention: to put this business into action in service of getting communities moving, connecting, and feeling http://alwaysvaltrexonline.com good.

Entrepreneurship is a dance floor – we feel awkward at first, we don’t know the steps, can’t find the rhythm at times. But we harness the positive energy of the people around us, push our comfort zones, risk being noticed…and finally our soul finds its way into our feet and we are in flow.


 At Shecosystem’s new home at 703 Bloor Street West, the feeling of flow is beginning to set in. The anxiety of waiting – for the right space, the right contractor – had been replaced with a positive momentum and the space is under construction and poised to launch within the next month.

Shecoseedstem_4Like most things in nature, Shecosystem started with a few small seeds budding in a dark, tight place. You can read the full story of these seeds – and the very vulnerable ‘dark place‘ where they were planted – for context.

 

One year ago today, Shecosystem became a registered business. It was an intriguing concept, some official looking documents, but on the whole a formless entity. Still just a few scattered seeds. I’ve written before about how important it is to mark little milestones, so today I am celebrating this anniversary with not one but two big announcements:

The unveiling of a new website that makes me smile so hard

AND

The official launch of our Founding Membership packages that get you up to 25% off your membership.

 

So check it out, and get in touch if you have questions or feedback as I continue to shape this space (online and on Bloor) to serve all of our needs. Or ask them live – we’ll have a series of these but the first one is next Tuesday October 11:

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Whatever new moves you’re celebrating this month in your own work-life wiggle, may you dance them with intention, with gratitude, and with joy.

 

xo

Emily Rose

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Close to 60 women joined us to work, connect, and make self-care part of their working lives. We gave intention to the workday with opening and closing cirlces and took mid-day wellness breaks to refresh our bodies, minds and spirits. Women shopped at a mini-market, treated themselves to reiki, massage and Saje aromatherapy treatments, and took advantage of onsite mentorship provided by Women in Biz Network.READ MORE

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This Coworking + Wellness community is the only baby I’m nurturing at the moment, and I want to celebrate Shecosystem’s growth. I hope it doesn’t resent me in 12 years for posting these milestones all over the internet!READ MORE

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The way our culture dismisses, denigrates, and hushes up menstruation, it’s no surprise that when finally given an opportunity to talk openly and learn about our cycles, we can’t wait to share. But sharing is just the beginning of understanding the power of the period.READ MORE