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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.