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Learning and Growing Through the Pandemic

Learning and Growing Through the Pandemic

When you look back at 2020 what will you remember most? 

The past year has been a completely different experience for women across the world. For some, it has been challenging; for others, devastating. For me, it was an opportunity to reflect on my life and make some serious decisions. I almost feel guilty to say that I appreciate the year 2020 for all it has brought me. It wasn’t all easy—far from it—I just haven’t talked about it much. This year I looked inward and learned how to learn again, which has benefitted me in many ways. The constant hustle of pre-2020 had me spinning in different directions—not only me, but my kids. Understanding how important it is to be still and listen has evolved me to the place where I am today.

Today, I guard my time fiercely. I feel gifted with the amount of time that has come back to me as a result of the pandemic. As an introvert, this is something that I just can’t get enough of. Growing my business in the midst of a pandemic has meant more time to focus—and I do. I know what I need to be on top of my game. This includes the right amount of sleep, working with my support network and taking good care of myself. Of course, I miss people, but I don’t miss having mandatory plans each and every weekend. I feel the true pleasure of seeing a friend for an outdoor, socially distanced walk and no longer take it for granted.

Socially I have come into a fabulous group of women within Durham Women’s Network new XWN group. This intimate group is made up of women who are committed to personal and professional development, but most of all it has been the camaraderie of regularly scheduled Zoom calls that has been a highlight for me. I can’t wait until we can meet in person. Kerri King and I are planning some truly exclusive opportunities for this group moving forward. I can’t wait to share the details with the broader DWN network. If you’re considering joining this team of incredible women, I encourage you to do so now.

In the coming months, we are going to start highlighting members through full feature profiles so you can learn more about them, and their journey. Because, after all, DWN is a platform where we can elevate each other and celebrate our achievements collectively.

 

Celebrating the Women of Durham Region on this International Women’s Day

Celebrating the Women of Durham Region on this International Women’s Day

When Jennifer Gaskell and I set out to establish the Durham Women’s Network in March of 2019, we had no idea that it would have grown to group of nearly 5,000 diverse women of all ages and backgrounds.

Since that time, we have hosted in person meet-ups, a day long retreat, DWN Chats, and a new podcast. 

 Earlier this year, we launched a brand new, exclusive group for women in our network that were looking for a way to engage in a more meaningful way. After all, networking is really about caring about others, and looking out for one another and finding opportunities to help elevate each other’s lives. 

When I meet people, I’m always thinking about how I can help connect, elevate and celebrate the people I meet. That brings me such joy. Especially when I know that the connections I have initiated have actually helped CHANGE PEOPLES LIVES.

As a way to celebrate International Women’s Day today, Jennifer and I thought we would highlight the women in our first XWN cohort:

  • Celina Caesar-Chavannes
  • Laura Ricketts
  • Elise Hawley
  • Susanne Gagnon
  • Lori Speed
  • Denise Coughlin Babin
  • Kristi Honey
  • Linda McFarlane
  • Danielle Edwards
  • Linda Flynn
  • Brooke Pollard
  • Cathie Ellis
  • Theresa Ommert
  • Jennifer Gallienne
  • Patty Bowman Kingsley
  • Kristi Newman
  • Julia Offi
  • Ann Barker
  • Karen Anne Large
  • Pauline Thomas
  • Jennifer Jessop

Congratulations to this incredible group of women who are truly committed to supporting one another and always looking for ways to learn, connect with others, and support and elevate each other in the world.

I’d also like to welcome our newest XWN member, Jody Larmer. She has worked as a personal trainer and holistic nutritionist and consultant in Durham for the past 20 years. Jody has continued her education in self-esteem coaching to help women with their journey to feel amazing about themselves inside and out. Jody started a program a program called “Get Your Sexy Back” for women who have lost themselves for a myriad of reasons.

Does this make you think of Justin Timberlake’s song? 

If any of this resonates with you, you can connect with Jody at  jodybodyboomer@gmail.com.

Last, I’d like to congratulate Janice Coupland on the launch of her brand new business, KrishLynn Designs. I had the opportunity to visit Janice’s new store in Oshawa this past week and it’s absolutely beautiful!

 

 

Janice Coupland of Krishlynn Designs
Janice Coupland

Special thanks to Janice at Krishlynn Designs for sponsoring this week’s newsletter.

For more information about being featured in the XWN women in business series, contact us. Email us at admin@durhamwomensnetwork.com and we will hook you up!

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.