Nothing replaces face-to-face connection for our Shecosister Gina Li

Name: Gina Li
Business: Owner, GRL Translation + Communication

What is at the heart of your business?
I help businesses communicate more clearly and concisely. Whether that’s turning French copy into compelling English, writing newsletters, articles and blog posts or editing marketing materials, my goal is to create captivating content that connects with the target audience.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
I was really drawn to the idea of connecting with other creative, passionate and big-hearted women for inspiration, encouragement and support. We need sisterhood now, more than ever. And also, the wellness aspect, which has always been an important part of my life.

Why did you join a women’s coworking and wellness community?
I’m eager to connect with other creative souls, so we can share our unique experiences, perspectives and insights and help one another succeed.

What does thriving look like for you?
For me, thriving is about feeling connected (to myself, my family, friends and community), having abundant time to play and create, achieving success on my terms and feeling like I’m making a difference in the world.

Shecosystem’s core values are: openness, community, collaboration, accessibility, sustainability, feminism, and wellness. Which of these resonates most with you and why?
Community and wellness are right at the top of the list for me. I’m very much a solopreneur, but I really thrive on meaningful connection with others, and wellness has always been a core value of mine.

Tell us one way you integrate self-care into your working life:
As much as possible, I try to get outside for some fresh air every day. When I’m in the thick of a project or working against a deadline, I can easily tell myself that I don’t have the time. But when I go out for just a little bit, it clears my head, grounds me and helps me come back to my work re-energized.

What’s your top piece of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
Get out and network. In the digital age, we may be tempted to think that we can build our businesses just by tapping into social media and working on our laptops from the comfort of our home or our favourite coffee shop. But nothing replaces face-to-face connection. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to connect in person. It builds trust and rapport in a way that no amount of online interaction can ever do.

Anything else we should know about you?
Although I can be quite chatty and sociable, at heart, I’m an introvert. I love connecting with others, but at the end of the day, I recharge my batteries through solitary pursuits – reading, journaling, creative writing, yoga, meditation, time in nature and hot baths. Of course, with a very extraverted 8-year-old, it can sometimes be challenging to carve out time for self-care! But I find that the more I do, the calmer and more patient I am as a parent.

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