Don't Forget About Your Real-Life Community

Don't Forget About Your Real-Life Community

With so much pressure to grow an online presence, it can be easy to forget about opportunities right in our own backyards. This story of how one speech pathologist grew her business is a great reminder of this:

I grew up in a large extended family that took over our small Scarborough street. Our dentist, doctor, and orthodontist, were within walking distance; each knew all the members of my family and often felt like a part of our fold.

I was educated in NY state, returned home to work for a year, then left with my partner for Australia. We lived in a small town and I worked at a local hospital seeing in-patients, out-patients, and doing community visits.  At the beginning, going to the bar on a Friday night and seeing the parents or children that I had worked with was very unnerving and uncomfortable (for me). I would try to blend in the background and avoid chit chat. Soon though, it was a pleasure to run into families outside of work. I began to understand and appreciate that we were neighbours, had a working relationship, and that I was an important person in their child’s life. I moved from wanting them to see me as “professional”, to seeing me as a neighbour...

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10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

10 Ways to Increase Your Creativity

If you are trying to brand your business, come up with creative content or copy or develop new products and services, getting in touch with your creative side is key. The more you try to force an insight, the more you prevent the insight. Makes sense right? Cultivating creativity does not always come easy.

So what can you do to set yourself up for some creative thinking? Here are 10 ways to increase creativity.

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Meditation for Mama Entrepreneurs

Meditation for Mama Entrepreneurs

A stressed-out mama walked into the woods, sat for ten days, and walked out feeling calm, centered, and laser-focused. What happened?

Sounds like a riddle, doesn’t it? I would have thought so, too, before my experience at the beautiful and secluded Ontario Vipassana Centre, where I spent a week and a half in silent meditation, learning how to sharpen my ability to concentrate on the external by turning my attention inward, and how to incorporate the practice into my everyday life. The benefit to me, both personally and professionally, cannot be understated. It got me thinking, though—does it really take a ten-day retreat to bring about the positive effects? How can meditation, in any form, help other busy mamapreneurs succeed?

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