For the past year a good friend has been recommending I check out my local chapter of 100 Women Who Care. When I learned of their Small Commitment Big Impact structure I knew it would be a great thing to be a part of. I am now not only a member but will also be helping in some of the social media platforms for the group. In support of the group this evening as well was Tea With Tracie and The Sandwich Society. 100 Women Who Care meets 4 times per year and each member brings $100 with them. Three local charities are nominated by members who then present on these respective charities. The group then votes anonymously and the charity with the most votes will recieve the donated proceeds from the evening. I was so glad to finally attend my first meeting and contribute to these causes. February’s Charity of Choice was Ian Anderson House. The next meetup is May 27th in Oakville. Who is joining me? www.100womenoakville.com and the new instagram www.instagram.com/100womenwhocareoakville
Beth Woodward is an Oakville based Designer and Brand Expert and huntress of beautiful things! She has a passion for helping small businesses thrive through beautiful visuals. As if that wasn’t enough she is also the creator of Southern Ontario Small Business which hosts many events for local businesses to meet, mingle and share their know how, recommendations and the general struggles of entrepreneurship. It was an honour to shoot some of Beth’s social media photography and I love when they pop up on her feed. Visit her at www.bethmwoodward.com for more on her and her business.
One of our favourite regulars came in to the studio with her parents to do a fun smash. I love the simplicity of this shoot. The baby blue and the fun we had put this together. I just love her amazing faces, she’s so expressive. We threw some wiggles on like we did when we saw her laugh, but really she doesn’t need it. She’s always in a happy mood. Can’t wait to see her and big sis again. xo - Dana
I have been so inspired this week by fellow entreprenuers waving their productivity flags and checking goals off of carefully curated lists while also having time to put their feet up for tea. I have been celebrating with them and for them all the while wondering “where the heck do I start?”. I recently made the leap from part time to full time entrepreneur. I use the term “part-time” loosely because when you are spending 6-8 hours a day on a business and all of your weekends it really isn’t a side gig is it? Lets be honest… I had two damn jobs! And I will also be honest… I think I thrive and love being busy. Not just a little busy, like no time to breathe busy. Can’t catch up busy. Backlogged clients waiting in a line busy. I have asked myself why I seem to enjoy this unhealthy pace, because I am fully aware that it is unhealthy and I have concluded that it gives me a zing, energy and a drive that keeps me really productive. So now, having stepped away from a corporate clock in clock out 9-5 in order to focus on my entrepreneurial venture…. I am a little bit frozen. Not for lack of ideas, or clients or excitement. It’s because I no longer report to anyone but ME. That is both excitingly free and an exceptional amount of pressure. What does me as a boss expect from myself? This journey is a lot about business but it’s also a lot about self discovery. Holding a mirror up to yourself and reporting back to yourself, and measuring your progress against YOU. No wonder I am a bit gun shy…that is a hard ask.
Now here’s the good news. Slowing down is a good thing for me. Slowing down on my busy schedule means that I have TIME now. Time for my projects, time to work on the right tasks for my business, think proactively, grow at a reasonable pace and learn to time manage in a way that works best for me. Oh, and maybe even a little time for tea.
We were invited to enjoy a beautiful spring day at 16 Mile Cellar's open house this past May. The picturesque setting, a bright and breezy day. This wine is a must try and the owners are fantastic people who put great love into what they do. https://www.16milecellar.com/