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First XWN Cycle kicks off Feb 6!

First XWN Cycle kicks off Feb 6!

 

MaximizingU with Celina Caesar-Chavannes

 

If you always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle, you will never feel the full rush of the ride called life. You need to take some risks.

 

Because at the intersection of all your strengths and flaws, beauty and vulnerability, brilliant moments and massive screw ups, you find that which makes you, authentically you.

 

How do you find the real you? How do you make being unapologetically, authentic work?

 

Let’s take that journey together.

 

COURSE MODULE OUTLINE

 

Module 1: Butterflies & Fear – Don’t shy away and don’t let it control you. Use the fear, stress and adrenalin for good. Those butterflies in your stomach are a sign that you are about to embark on something courageous. Go for it and use that energy to get the job done. 
Objective: 
Tackling our fear and leveraging it for good.

 

Module 2:  Worth It & Deserve It – If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Asking for help can be hard especially when your pride gets in the way. However, it is only in asking that you can receive. Ask. You deserve it. 
Objective: Overcome imposter syndrome and create a plan to get what you want.

 

Module 3: Ms. Take – Let me introduce you to the best teacher I ever had. She is your teacher too. Did you just take her gifts of guilt and shame or did you learn from her. 
Objective: Learn how to deal with difficult situations, by developing the skills and strategies to avoid future pitfalls or dampen the negative impact.

 

Module 4: The Universe is Unfolding – Time to shift and smell the roses. Drop the plan. Remove the blinders and see the life around you. Start to live. Start to love. 
Objective: Learn how to be still. Be present.

 

Module 5: Grateful & Expectations – To whom much is given, much is expected. Be grateful for the millions of moments that happened, since the beginning of the universe, for you to be here in this moment. Now pay those moments forward and give back. 
Objective: Understand the power in gratitude and giving back.

 

Module 6: Hard Work & Value – Time to roll up your sleeves and not be afraid to get dirty. Living your fullest and best life is hard and may require some sacrifice in order to build resilience. Hard work is as much a mental exercise, as it is a physical one. Get your head in the game. 
Objective: Strategies to build resilience, understand reality and figure out what you do best.

 

Module 7: Swallow your pride – Not because you like the taste of bad medicine, but because you know that you must swallow it to get better. So go ahead and take a gulp. 
Objective: Strategies to create circles of influence to help you get what you need.

 

Module 8: Growth & Doubt – Get uncomfortable, step outside your comfort zone, stretch yourself and grow.  Undoubtedly, this growth with create doubt. Let’s learn how to make good judgements for You, Inc. 
Objective: Start to cultivate your village and Board of Directors for You, Inc. You will need these people when doubt starts to creep in.

 

Module 9: Playful You – If Superman can take the cape off every now and again and not save the world, why can’t we? Being everything to everyone and saving the world all the time is not a sustainable way to live. In fact, it may be the most effective way to get sick. Take off the cape and relax. You do not have to win every race or conquer every mountain. Take some time to play. 
Objective: Learn how to prioritize self-care.

 

Module 10: Go Big or Go Home – When I die, I want my headstone to read: “The only thing she had left to do was die.” Living life to the fullest requires intentional commitment to taking some risks. It also means letting go of your ego. Don’t fall into the trap. A big ego fills your head, and a full head is closed for learning. 
Objective: Develop the 30 second elevator pitch for You, Inc. without the filter and facade.

 

Module 11: Rushing Fools – Why don’t we outsource our problems the way we outsource other challenges in our lives? Just think about it. If your toilet starts leaking, unless you are a plumber, you pick up the phone or Google a local plumber and have them come in to assist. We spend so much of our time rushing around, doing tasks we are not capable of doing. Time stop overthinking and procrastinating, and start doing. Objective: Learn how to prioritize and outsource tasks to help achieve your goals.

 

Module 12: Dollars & Sense – Never take the first offer. How do you know not to take the offer, if you do not know what you are worth? Let’s take some time to conduct a valuation of You, Inc. 
Objective: Understanding how to place value on everything your put your time, energy, love or resource into.

 

Module 13: Authenticity and DEI – Does authenticity work in a world that is desperately trying to hold on to the status quo? Well, we can only find out once we stop trying to blend in, and start living out loud.  
Objective: Create steps to start creating equity, and a positive environment, within your own sphere of influence.

 

Mark your calendar for the following one-hour discussions with Celina

 

  • Saturday, February 6 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 27 at 11 a.m.
  • Saturday March 20 at 11 a.m.

 

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

 

 

 

Invest in yourself with XWN

Invest in yourself with XWN

Take it to the next level in 2021 with a new offering from DWN.

Durham Women’s Network has created a brand new opportunity with XWN. There’s no time like today to invest in yourself.

What’s included?

  • Access to self-development courses from worldwide experts.
    • We start in February with a brand-new course led by Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
    • Moving forward, different authors, coaches and personal/professional development experts will lead structured program cycles with up to one-hour per week time commitment.
  • Get connected with like-minded women in leadership in an exclusive and private Facebook group.
    • Monthly check ins with this intimate group on Zoom.
  • Be the first to receive special offers from Durham Women’s Network.

Learn more and sign up today.

Durham Women’s Network Zooms to Sunny Barbados!

Durham Women’s Network Zooms to Sunny Barbados!

Durham Women’s Network zoomed to sunny Barbados for a special virtual lunch-hour networking session with Durham Region women for the last networking event of the year! It was a much-needed escape to end off 2020 and bring some warmth to the 70 participants on the livestream.  

Check out our play-by-play of the event (we even have screengrabs!):

We landed on the beautiful island of Barbados and started our tour at the luxurious Sandals Royal Barbados Resort! With tropical drinks in hand, we met the lovely staff and had an exclusive walk through of the stunning resort.

Did you know? Barbados is the culinary capital of the Caribbean and is known for its local dining and award-winning mixologists! Cheers to Rodney, a mixologist at Sandals Resorts, for making us a smoked pineapple cocktail!

There’s no shortage of amazing activities to enjoy at Sandals Royal Barbados.

  • Want to relax at the beach?
  • Play water sports or dive?
  • Lounge in the infinity pool with drinks?
  • Hang in the bowling alley and piano bar?

Speaking of the piano bar, we were treated to the most divine version of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds. 

Don’t worry about a thing—cause every little thing is gonna be alright!

We had such a fun time at Sandals, but that was only the first half hour! The wonderful Marsha Alleyne from Destination Barbados took it over from there.

We visited with Maggie Bell Pottery for a unique experience—bowl making with Barbados clay!

Next, we got a history lesson with Sir Paul Altman at the Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Museum—one of the oldest Jewish synagogues in the Western hemisphere.

Who doesn’t love a classic daiquiri, piña colada, mojito or long island ice tea? If you didn’t know, Barbados is the birthplace of the world’s oldest distilled spirit: rum.

It was incredibly exciting to tour the Mount Gay Distillery. In fact, the site has been running for more than 300 years—a true rum-lover’s paradise!

We concluded our amazing trip walking the pier through a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bridgetown with the lovely Dawn. She shared the story of sugar, rum and slavery and more.

Thanks to all the amazing Durham Region women who joined us for this exclusive experience! We thank our generous sponsors who made the event possible, including LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, Pink Palm MarCom, Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority.

Check out the recording in our Durham Women’s Network Facebook Group.

Contributed by Elise Hawley, Editor for Durham Women’s Network

Join DWN in Barbados!

Join DWN in Barbados!

As December approaches, Durham Region women are hungry for an experience to end 2020 on a good note. With limited travel opportunities and faced with the prospect of winter months at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Durham Women’s Network (DWN) is bringing some cheer to a hard year, with the help of a local businesswoman.

On Thursday, November 26 at noon, the Durham Women’s Network is hosting a special virtual networking session livestreamed from Barbados. Admission is free. 

The event, coordinated by Tracy Turberfield of LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, will feature online networking with local Durham Region women plus a tour of the charismatic Caribbean island. 

“We’re going to talk to locals, check out the gorgeous beaches; stroll through Sandals Royal Barbados Resort; visit Mount Gay Rum Distillery, a UNESCO heritage site, and more,” explains Durham Women’s Network co-founder and event host Jennifer Gaskell. “We are collaborating with some big partners for this event—Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority—to bring a little warmth to everyone’s day. It’s a much-needed escape to end 2020.”

“The 90-minute event aims to connect women who may not have necessarily met otherwise,” says Gaskell. 

“We are providing a unique platform where women can have fun, mingle with each other, and follow up with other contacts once the event has concluded.”

Durham Women’s Network thanks the generous sponsors who are making the event possible, including LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences, Pink Palm MarCom, Sandals Resorts and the Barbados Tourism Authority. 

Throughout the live broadcast we will also have some exciting giveaways for DWN members.

Are you in? We have a limited number of tickets–and you MUST register in advance to participate.

Get your FREE networking pass today.

Women of 2020

Women of 2020

Name:  Dr. Ana Candia, ND
Business:  Rise Naturopathic, MYNDspace, Holler & Howl 
Website:  www.risenaturopathic.com

Dr. Ana Candia is a licensed naturopathic doctor (ND), mother of one angel, nature lover and life-long student. 

Her trajectory has always been deeply rooted in wellness and the natural world.  She has forever felt a fascination with nature–finding inspiration, peace and connectedness there.

Prior to discovering naturopathic medicine, Ana spent years engaged in volunteerism and work abroad. After living and working across Asia and Africa for over two years in education and healthcare settings, she earned a Masters Degree in Globalization Studies.

By accident, she enrolled in a yoga class while in graduate school and fell deeply in love with the practice. Soon after graduation, she moved to British Columbia and began delving deep into the world of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and later went on to train as a yoga teacher in the Indian Himalayas. It was in those mountains that her professional goals were sparked. Upon returning to Canada, she enrolled in a naturopathic college. Today, Ana is a grateful and happy naturopathic doctor in south Ajax, serving her community.

MYNDspace is her most recent venture; an organization committed to helping people live happier, calmer, more contented lives using the powerful tools she’s learned along the way.

Ana’s Lessons from 2020

The one thing I learned in 2020: This year has taken all of us for a bit of a ride, I think!  It has been a true education.  The primary thing I learned (or rather, learned anew) was the importance of self knowledge and self love.  When so many aspects of life ebb and flow out of our own control, being able to find peace and fulfilment within is an absolute gift.

What I’m planning for 2021:
This is as yet unpublished…but there may be a little book launch happening!  So much to come! 

Find Ana on social media:

Instagram:  @dr.anacandiand

Facebook:  AnaCandiaND, MyMYNDspace