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You’re Invited to a Full Moon Virtual Dance Party!

You’re Invited to a Full Moon Virtual Dance Party!

 HAPPY FULL MOON!

Have you ever been to a full moon dance party?

One of the most memorable ones for me was in Ko Pha Ngan, an island in south east Thailand that’s renowned for its monthly Full Moon Party. 

In my early thirties I was fortunate to take several trips to South Asia with my brothers and sister. We would spend 3 to 4 weeks exploring rice paddies, temples, and inevitably would find ourselves in some precarious places. A full moon party was definitely one of them.

My sister Lori and I wrapped up one of our family trips with a trip to the Ko Pha Ngan with a couple of friends from Canada. We attended one of the famous night-long celebrations tied into the lunar calendar. This party draws revelers from all over the world, and is one of the most memorable travel experiences of my life. I have a photo (which I wish I could find) which captures the sense of freedom that I experienced. I was dancing with a complete stranger – and it is one of the most beautiful photos that I have of myself. True Freedom. Geez I wish I could find it!!

Sadly, all of these types of parties are cancelled due to the pandemic.

But for those of you who, like me, have a deep yearning for the connection and joy that you feel when you are dancing with a group of people, and feel that deep connection to yourself and the music, you can have a very similar experience in your own home right here in Durham Region.

YOU ARE INVITED!

On April 27, during the next full moon, my dear friend and yoga teacher, Carol Baxter is offering a very special FULL MOON DANCE PARTY to XWN members only.  I have had the pleasure of participating in many of Carol’s incredible workshops, and they always take me on a powerful, healing journey. I’ll admit, this full moon dance party will be different  from the boisterous celebrations at the full moon party on Ko Pha Ngan, but I do promise you that it will take you on a wonderful journey with women in our DWN community.

If you would like to learn more, Jennifer and I will be chatting with Carol via Facebook Live on April 19. We’d love for you to join us! 

As many of you know, the FULL MOON is a powerful time for manifesting, and for letting go of that which no longer serves us.

You may wish to use this sacred full moon energy that is upon us for the next few days to release the past, and surrender.  What would you like to let go of?

To assist you, here is an excerpt from one of Carol’s recent IG posts via @carolbaxterglow: 

Full moons always give us the opportunity to let go – and since this is the first full moon since the Equinox, the energy is especially powerful. This is an easy ritual that will cleanse, release and empower your intentions.

FULL MOON RITUAL

–          Light some sage

–          Open a few windows

–          Move through your home or sacred space gently with the burning sage

–          Bring in your intention for this new moon cycle through the spoken word.

–          “I release my thoughts that keep me from reaching my highest potential. Instead, I now surrender to the flow of the Universe, trusting that all things are working for my highest good.

–          Intuitively, continue this process, repeating the mantra at least three more times.

Sending full moon Libra blessings.

Wonder Woman VS The Sabre Tooth Tiger

Wonder Woman VS The Sabre Tooth Tiger

Spring is here–and there is so much to celebrate….

I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling an overwhelming sense of joy that the weather is warming, the sun is shining, and we are all starting to come out of winter hibernation and months of lockdown seclusion.

I think there have been challenging moments for everyone this past year, and because of that this spring just feels extra special to me. A time for renewal, and leaving winter (and the past) behind as new bulbs start to peek out of the soil, and new life starts once again. Hallelujah!

I thought I would write a little post to capture some of the discussion with the XWN group this past Saturday morning. For those of you who are not aware, the Durham Women’s Network launched an exclusive membership for women (XWN) who are looking for a greater connection, learning/ mentorship opportunities, personal / business profile opportunities and access to inspirational speakers, authors, and exclusive events.

This Saturday marked the last segment of best-selling author and DWN member, Celina Caesar-Chavannes’ Maximizing U course. Special thanks to Celina for making time for us, inspiring us, and gifting all of us with your special edition journal for XWN members only.

Celina kicked off our session by delving into the topic of FEAR, which one of my earliest mentors informed me stands for FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL. As a group. we deconstructed the notion of fear and Celina made reference to FEAR with a sabre tooth tiger metaphor. We talked about how fear can either push us to fight for what we want in life or it can can drive us to run the other way. (FIGHT OR FLIGHT). Then, Celina asked us to consider this question: “where do you put your energy?”

I shared that I have been doing some powerful self-inquiry work wherein I am taking a deep dive into a fear or darkness that I have likely been running away from (or burying) since I was a little girl. As painful as this process has been, the process of facing my fear has brought me a greater sense of clarity, understanding and freedom. It’s like I’ve just faced the sabre tooth tiger, and wrestled her to the ground instead of heading for this hills. This whole process has left me feeling rather like Wonder Woman!!!  

What sabre tooth tiger are you confronting in your life? Are you ready to look her in the eye?

Now in as much as it is important to do the self work, without the women in my life, I really don’t know where I would be. I am sure that I am not alone in feeling that the supportive conversations and learnings shared by the women in the first XWN cohort over the past couple of months has created a sense of connectivity, unity and strength that we all needed. Thank you to all of the wonderful women who I now feel such a genuine, close connection with. YOU ARE AWESOME!

There is something incredibly powerful about being in community with a tribe of women who’s sole purpose is to support one another – and to be able to give AND receive.

Moving forward, Celina has graciously agreed to join us for a monthly XWN group mentorship call. We plan to meet the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. for an hour with different topics of discussion.

FIND YOUR TRIBE WITH XWN

If you are considering joining XWN and have any questions, and would like to discuss how we can support you, please reach out to us for a chat.  My commitment to the XWN community is to offer every woman a one-hour mentorship consultation either early morning or on the week-ends. It’s my way of giving back.  I have had the honour of quietly supporting leagues of women personally and professionally providing care and support for decades now. And it brings me great joy!

If I can be of service to you, please email me or text me at 289-356-6077 and we can set a time to connect.

Learn more about the XWN membership.

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.

 

Digging Deep: My Five Takeaways From Celina’s Saturday Session

Digging Deep: My Five Takeaways From Celina’s Saturday Session

Thought I would take a moment to acknowledge all of the XWN members who joined us yesterday for a very special chat with Celina as part of her MaximizingU course.

It was incredibly heart-warming to spend an hour with this amazing group of women who are sharing in a very special process that is inspiring all of us to DIG DEEP.

I think for many of us, making the commitment to review the course material, do the self-inquiry work, and show up for the zoom call took many of us out of our comfort zones – and I’m happy that we did.

I don’t know about you, but the pandemic has left me feeling very alone so much of the time, and it feels so great to have such a supportive group of women to brighten my days. Thank you and congratulations Linda M, Laura R, Denise, Linda F, and Jennifer G for showing up and sharing the way you did.

Huge thanks to Celina CC, who despite her incredibly hectic book launch and media schedule, showed up looking like the ROCK STAR that she is and led us through an engaging and enlightening session. I am truly grateful.

Here are some of the highlights of the session that resonated deeply with me: 

#1 – REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

We discussed the IMPOSTER SYNDROME, and going it alone in life. This topic touched me deeply. It reminded me of a time when my dear friend Lori Speed had to sit me down and said – “Kerri, don’t you remember who you are?” 

Celina shared this powerful book that she highly recommends by Kristine Barnett–The Spark. The notion of grieving our losses, and not running from pain, fear and other challenges in life. The importance of trusting our intuition, and investing in ourselves. Looking forward to doing a deeper dive into this content when we get to chapter 9.

By the way, for those of you who would still like to join us, you can still jump in. Just let us know, and we will bring you up to speed! The session link is posted in our XWN private Facebook group.

#2 – WHO ARE YOUR PEOPLE?

It is so easy to lose ourselves – especially during these ever-changing times.

Sometimes it takes our closest people (the people who wear our t-shirts in life) to be there for us in this way.  Who are the people who wear your t-shirt? The mentors, supporters who you can go to in life to for support? Who are the people that you would like to add to this list? 

#3 – RESILIENCY

“Bits of our humanity are lost when we do not share our stories. When we act as if the fibres that connect every single one of us as human beings do not exist, and therefore try to hide the shame, guilt or pain that makes us who we are. That makes us more resilient.”

– Celina Caesar-Chavannes

This topic of resiliency and resilient leadership was also highlighted last week in our DWN chat with Linda Flynn last week. If you missed it, the chat is posted on our DWN CHATS podcast.

#4– STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

When is the last time you really stopped to smell the roses in life?

Following the session, we sent Celina some roses to thank her for the session and for keeping her commitment to giving back to her own community by investing in women in her community even though she is being celebrated around the world.

It is so beautiful to see Celina shine as a best-selling author in only a few weeks of launching her new book, CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

Here’s to you Celina, I hope you are able to stop and smell the roses today and celebrate your MASSIVE book launch success!

On that note, what does stopping to smell the roses mean to you?

For me, it meant just sitting quietly this morning with my coffee and observing everything around me – and just breathing life in for a precious few moments.

Seems simple, but it these quite moments truly bring you back to who you are.

#5– TRUST YOUR INTUITION

Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

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.