Name: Shari Lash
Business: Owner, WholeSTEP
What is at the heart of your business?
Learning. Insight. Connection. One leads into the other. What sets my heart alight is when I see my clients discover something new that gives them a greater understanding of themselves or the world they live in. It is a tremendous honour for me to witness and mirror someone’s strengths whether it’s in a group, through writing, or working one-on-one.
Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
To be part of a growing community who are building a web of support that appeals to the social, emotional, and practical aspects of starting and running a business. I look forward to meeting a variety of entrepreneurs, who are on all points on the spectrum. I’m hoping to learn from them, share ideas, sit in circle, and build meaningful connections. I’m also looking for a space to go and work that is welcoming and motivating so I can get shit done!
What do you wish to give and/or receive from this community?
Just being in the presence of strong and insightful women stokes my fire of creativity. I hope to support and collaborate with members while building and expanding my web of connections. I’m excited to contribute to internal projects and programs as well. Whether it’s hosting a collective wisdom circle at the beginning or end of a workday, or leading reflective exercises to unearth each woman’s unique offer through writing, I can’t wait to share what I have to offer with the Shecosystem community.
What does thriving look like for you?
Thriving is seeing those little green shoots emerge and flourish after waiting for something to grow. When I’m thriving, I’m living my intention, I’m working and earning a living at something creative and challenging while enjoying relationships that inspire and motivate me. Thriving comes from doing nothing at all or engaging mindfully with body and soul. Finally, thriving comes from knowing that I am enough, even when I don’t feel like it.
Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
How to choose? To me, feminism is the umbrella that holds space for everything that Shecosystem stands for. Gloria Vanderbilt, says, “I’ve always believed that one woman’s success can only help another woman’s success.” My experience has taught that success cannot be achieved or celebrated in isolation. What makes Shecosystem unique are the values informed by feminism — all those mentioned in this question. Feminist practices don’t necessarily apply to women only. I think we need to make the tent wide enough for everyone who wants to be included.
Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
Taking lots of breaks, sleeping in when I need to, and being kind.
What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
“The best way to destroy something special about yourself is to compare it to something else.” There will always be someone more skilled, more experienced, and more successful. There is only one recipe that you alone can create. You are enough.
Anything else we should know about you?
I teach what I most need to learn.