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Sunrise at the Farm
September 14, 2011 at 10:04 am 0
Recently we've been on a bit of a landscaping spree at the farm. We wake up at 530am or so, have a quick coffee and breakfast and then head out to do yard work before the smoking hot sun gets too hot to handle. One of the best parts about waking up so early is to welcome the day properly. Seeing the sky transform from a dark hue, to a misty white, to bright pinks, oranges, and reds. It's one of the hidden joys of waking up so early - and definitely worth it!
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Update After a Long Summer Break
September 12, 2011 at 10:40 am 0
headshot_facebook Ok, we've been pretty absent from the blog recently...and not that it's much of an excuse, but we've been busting our chops on our business, and getting the farm in order, while also trying to manage keeping up with life in the city. As you can imagine, that leaves little time for blogging...but that's beginning to sound kind of like an excuse isn't it. So, to make it up, I'll be updating over the next little while on what we've been up to - everything from a trip to Vegas, to major farm work, to running a business! It's been loads of fun, but of course, as with all things in life, trying to keep some balance in it all can be tricky. So, to try and get back to a more balanced life, we're making Cashmere Clutch more of a priority. Stay tuned for cool updates on what we've been up to! xo Ingrid
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Late Summer Weekends At A Friends Cottage
September 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm 0
This summer has flewn by! When we're not up at the farm, we're normally travelling, or visiting friends at nearby cottages. One of my friends has a cottage in the Thousand Islands that is just to die for! And when I say cottage, I really mean private island. You can see the sunrise, sunset, and everything in between. It's surrounded by water, and there's always people stopping by on boats to say hi. The view: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 729 On the boat: Gaston's camera_Summer2010 to Summer 2011 703 Our fabulous host taking us back to the dock: Iphone Sept 2011 012 It's the perfect cottage getaway! P.S. Going to the cottage in Ontario is like a birthright. What's the "done" thing in your area? Trips to Europe, camping in the backyard, or endless late summer barbecues?
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Proof that Good Thoughts Become Good Things: Biz is Booming
August 2, 2011 at 7:58 am 0
selfemployed2 Last year I started my own business. It was tough to start, and of course there was that little voice of doubt in my head. The one that says "what if it doesn't work out, what if nobody wants my services, what if I make no money, what if people think I had a silly idea"? All of these doubts swirling around in my head. But I forced myself not to listen to them. It was going to be a success. I was going to be able to live a life that included running a succesful business, and having many of my "life dreams" come true (like living part time in the country, part time in the city). So, I started the company and didn't look back. I worked my tail off putting together some promotional materials, and emailed and called everyone I knew telling them I'd opened my own marketing company. I went to networking events where I knew nobody. I'm not great at selling myself - so I didn't pretend that I was. I let my work speak for itself... and showcased the great results we'd been able to provide for other clients. I knew that speaking live was something I enjoyed, and people tell me that they really enjoy seeing me speak at events. So I took that as my natural advantage, and applied to speak at many events to get our company's name out to the public. And. Voila! Last year was decent...I was happy with how many clients had signed up, and I really enjoyed what I was doing. This year, things are exploding. This week I've been asked by two big companies to speak at live events, and I've been approached by two big organizations to work on marketing programs for them. It's true, good thoughts (with a lot of work, a little luck and a supportive husband) can become good things! P.S. Do you dream of starting your own business one day? Tell me about it - I'd love to hear your story.
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Crazy for Martha Stewart’s Farm
July 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm 0
I have a confession. I have become OBSESSED with Martha Stewart's farm and have spent the last few nights until the wee hours of the morning reading every blog post ever created about her farm, Cantitoe Corners, in Bedford, New York. I've read about her: donkeys chickens sheep horses peony garden tree planting and almost everything in between. I got hooked onto Martha's farm when my friend Angela came to our farm in Niagara and showed me a copy of Martha Stewart Living on her ipad. She just wanted to show me how the digital copies of the magazine have moving images, links to tv commercials, and other cool features. I thought it was cool....but when I found this picture of Martha's Farm I was in rapture! Just look at these pictures and you'll understand why. Isn't it super, insanely, beautiful? I have finally found inspiration for the kind of farm I'd like to create in Niagara!
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Reality TV Under Covers
July 6, 2011 at 9:02 am 0
Bethenny-Ever-After I'm a reality tv buff - which is kind of funny considering: - I don't have a tv - I really don't enjoy/don't have any drama and gossip in my life - my life is pretty "real" But after a long day of working, exercising, and doing daily errands, there's just something wonderful about zoning out and watching silly tv. When it's time to watch tv I usually hunker down in my bed, turn on my laptop, put in my earphones and watch away getting totally involved in what's going on with the characters - and in the case of particularly cringe-worthy shows reeling with pain when I see some of the more ridiculous stunts. My current faves are: - Tori & Dean - Bethenny Ever After - Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC) My husband thinks it's horrendous that I watch such silliness - it's not adding anything to my life, and these women (particularly on RHOC) are sooooo poorly behaved amongst each other, have terrible manners/attitudes toward the general public, aren't very smart and well, they are such jealous bitches of each other! But, for me I just I enjoy. And, since I really don't have any people in my life and circle of friends that aren't lovely, smart, loyal, honest and motivated in their own right...I guess I don't have to worry that my life will ever be like RHOC!
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Living Part time in the City and the Country: The Good, Bad & Ugly
June 15, 2011 at 7:55 am 1
country_field_landscape_photo_EA52064 As I mentioned earlier in the year, my husband and I bought a house in Niagara on the Lake. As entrepreneurs we have some flexibility with our work schedules, so we took that as a sign to start living the life we always wanted and live part time in the city, part time in the country. Splitting life between Niagara on the Lake, and downtown Toronto has proven to be quite exciting! When we mention that we live in the city... and the country it's surprising how many people say "Oh, I've always wanted to do that!". I thought we were the only ones crazy enough to have that dream. As it turns out, there's a lot of people out there that love the excitement of downtown living, but crave the tranquility of a quieter pace of life...at least a few days a week. One thing that happens when we tell people about our living situation is that people always have lots of questions...from finances, to lawn moving, so here it is... The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. The Good - the peaceful feeling of waking up with clean air, blue skies and chirping birds - having a totally new way of living...together - regular visitors from the city who are excited to see what you're up to - the space! our house is 3500 square feet, that's a big improvement from our condo that is 800 square feet - having loads of new places to discover, including tons of new wineries that we've never visited - getting loads more exercise from walking around the property and doing yardwork - finally having a use for all my "country" knowledge acquired from growing up on a sheep farm - having a barn cat. it came with the house, but has become a good companion for us The Bad - our lawn is 2 acres...and takes 5 hours to mow! - the totally out of control gardens - weeds, weeds and more weeds! - after living in condos for years, not knowing how to fix any "house" stuff, or where even to start (our eaves trough was ripped off our house 2 months ago in a violent wind storm...we still haven't fixed it) - the hot water tank isn't very big....so after one bath we're back to cold water - scheduling meetings only on days you plan on being in the city can be tricky - it's very expensive having a condo downtown and a house in the country...but worth it! The Ugly - the endless Spring, coupled with a broken lawn mower, means the grass did not get mowed for several weeks and was almost 2 feet tall in some places - TICKS! long wet grass is the perfect breeding ground for ticks, which are now everywhere in the tall grass. Ticks are little annoying bugs that bury their head in your skin, suck your blood, and carry lots of diseases...including Lyme Disease! - Having my pregnant friend get stuck in our driveway in a snow storm. There's no faster way to feel like sh*t than trapping a pregnant woman in your cold house when you know all she wants to do is get back to her own bed - Holy Moses is Propane Freaking Expensive! Having lived in a condo for years, we're used to turning up the heat, turning down the heat and leaving doors and windows open without a thought. Within the first 2 weeks of owning our house we got a propane bill for $1,200! From then on, we kept the heat low, lit fires, and lived like Scrooges!
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Every Hot Summer Day Deserves…
June 10, 2011 at 11:15 am 0

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A SLURPEE! There's nothing that reminds Canadian youth of hot summer days more than a big slurpee form the local convenience store. My favourite flavour was always a mix of orange and cream soda, sometimes with a dash of Coke. What was yours?
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Niagara Falls Restaurants We’re Dying To Try
May 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm 0
gI_0_Massimo Living in Niagara on the Lake is great. The air is clean, there are trees all around, we have so much space, and there are great local restaurants nearby. But when it comes to fine dining the options are limited. You can go to Peller Estates, again and again...or maybe their sister winery Hillebrand....but other than that there isn't much. So when we heard this recent announcement that Jamie Kennedy was opening a new restaurant in Niagara Falls it really made our day! Then we realized that Massimo Capra already has one in the Falls, and after squeeling with joy for a few minutes we realized our dining outlook for the area just got that much brighter! Massimo's restaurant, called the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is in the Crown Plaza on the 10th floor. The menu looks divine! From the dinner menu I'm dying to try the: Warm Peaches and Cheese Roasted Garlic Artichokes Maple Glazed Porkchop. I'm dying to make a reservation and test this place out - a full restaurant review is coming up soon!
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Vegas and the Joys of Missing a Flight
May 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm 0
Today I travelled to Vegas. And it was not that easy of a travel day! For the first time ever in my life I MISSED MY FLIGHT! I've taken probably 100 flights and I've never missed my plane! My flight was at 8am, and I set my alarm for 5am to make sure I had enough time to shower and get to the airport....but when I woke up at 7:47 (the irony of the time not lost on me!) I realized there was NO WAY I was going to catch my plane. It was a terrible feeling! The first thing I did was scramble to call the airline to re - arrange my ticket. They weren't able to help me on the phone so they said to just go to the airport and try and catch the next flight at 10am. After panicking, and racing to the airport as fast as I could I arrive at 9am, and am able to get booked on the next flight...but instead of flying from Toronto to Denver to Las Vegas and arriving at 1pm, I have to go from Toronto to Chicago to Houston to Las Vegas, and arrive at 6pm. Extended travel time aside, I was just happy that I didn't have to buy a whole other plane ticket. Wasting hundreds of dollars would have broken my heart! After checking in I had to run to clear customs and then do the security check. As I approach the customs line I realize it's miles long! I get through in about 30 minutes and go to security just as my flight is boarding! God forbid I miss two flights in one day... I realize very quickly that there was NO WAY I will make my flight if I wait in line properly, so I ask the nice guy helping people through if he can help me jump the line so I didn't miss my flight. Count my lucky stars - he helps me! I make me flight, make my connections and make it to Vegas - totally exhausted! After running a few errands for work I go to bed and crash really hard at 11pm. So much for Vegas being my party town!
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Country Update: Snail Obsessed
April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm 0

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This Spring has been pretty crazy - just when you think the weather is about to turn warm and lovely we get another spell of 10C weather with snow and storm warnings. This, of course, makes spending time outdoors, planting pretty flowers and other "nice" gardening things a tad too uncomfortable. Imagine trying to plant summer flowers with wind whipping through your hair, rain pelting your face, and your whole body freezing? No thanks. So, instead of actually planting anything I've become obsessed with cleaning up the garden. Much to my horror the gardens are filled with snails! As soon as I saw a few I started noticing more, and more, and more, and now I see tens and hundreds of them everytime I look! It's making me crazy. And I can't stop thinking about it! I'll come home late at night from a party, only to put on some grubby clothes, and try and catch snails! I've tried beer traps (didn't work), digging them up, and I'm almost ready to move on to chemicals. Crazy I know.
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Country Home Update – Prosciutto Taste Testing
March 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm 0
proscuitto_taste_testing Recently I decided to do a fun little thing for my over-worked husband who has a taste for everything fancy. So, I went to the specailty Italian shop, and bought 50 grams of each of their prosciutto's. When he woke up after sleeping like a bear he was pleasantly surprised by a "Prosciutto Tate Testing" I'd set up for him for breakfast. He tasted each piece, and then had to rate them based on his preference. It was quite fun - and a cool way to make brunch at home that much more exciting! Here's a recap of the results: Pick #1: La Torre Prosciutto di Parma ( $34.90/kg) Pick #2: Ruiliano Prosciutto di Parma ($49.90/kg) Pick #3: San Danielle Silver Prosciutto ($26.90/kg) Pick #4: Niagara Prosciutto ($44.90/kg) Unfortunately the Niagara one come in last - which is a shame because I love to support local farmers/businesses. Other than that - It just goes to show that the most expensive is not always the best!
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Who Would You Call?
March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm 0
Recently one of the most fantastic (smart, beautiful, giving) woman I know asked me to help promote an event that is near and dear to her. Being a site that helps woman get what they want out of life we jumped at the chance to help raise awareness for something that could make a big differene in other women's lives. The Assaulted Women's Helpline is a great charity that is always looking to raise awareness, and this year to mark the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th, they are launching a cool online love-in celebration-of-friends extravaganza. It's called "Who Would You Call?" and the idea is to celebrate and pay tribute to the awesome, awesome friend or friends in our life that we can call no matter what at 4am (in contrast for 49,000+ woman in Ontario each year who aren't so lucky, it's the Helpline that is there to listen 24/7). The Assaulted Women's Helpline is inviting people to write a story or letter or blog post or video or haiku or whatever to honour an amazing friend. The campaign runs from March 8th - April 15th, and your support in any way that you can give it are very much appreciated. Here are the details ... site url = http://www.whowouldyoucall.ca youtube video about it = http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FBXDKsTI-3c Twitter hashtag = #whowouldyoucall Assaulted Women's Helpline Twitter: @AWHL AWHL is a charity so they are also inviting people who make tributes to consider a donation of any amount in honour of their friend and then they mail a sweet card to your friend. They'll be thrilled to receive donations (and it's a charity that reallllly needs the help and uses its funds so so wisely) but it isn't required to participate. The main goal is to get people talking and thinking - by celebrating your uber-fantastic friends and recognizing that we're pretty lucky to have friends like that to celebrate - not everyone is in the same boat and thank goodness AWHL exists.
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Being A People Pleaser: Business & Life Kryptonite
February 9, 2011 at 9:17 am 1
People Pleaser Recently things have been a bit hectic. Work has been busy, life has been busy, and everything in between has been busy. But it felt like I was spinning my wheels. I guess I had already forgotten to live by my New Years Resolution. And, to be totally honest, I had to deal with a really b*tchy and unappreciative client that was taking up so much of my time and making me feel really blue about my business. I'm sure if you've ever had a bad boss, or co-worker, or client to deal with, you know how it can be an experience that is hard to break away from. So, like I try to do with everything, I had to turn my negative situation into a positive one. But this time, instead of trying to make myself better I decided to really get into what was bothering me - and WOW, what an experience! It turns out that I was falling back into some bad patterns, trying to please people that just want to complain and be negative (i.e. my client) and focusing so much energy on trying to win her over and try to make her see that I was doing something great for her. The more I did, the more she complained. So our project that was for a few hundred dollars and should have taken 3 weeks turned into a 3 month project, where I literally spent a hundred hours (i.e. thousands of dollars of my time) offering her more training, fixing up her graphic work, making other changes that I'd already told her would look bad. And the whole experience left me deflated after I offered to help her with some free training for 30 minutes, only to have her yell at me on the phone saying that she was not going to be told she only has 30 minutes to have her questions answered! Trying to be super professional I dealt with the whole thing without breaking my professional tone and answered all her questions. But it didn't feel good. And it really made me have a "blue" weekend where I had to really think about my business and what it was doing, and what it meant to me. Luckily, I have a super supportive husband who spent the weekend chatting with me, looking at my business model with me, figuring out why this situation had me so upset. I also decided to delve into the whole experience on a deeper level by reading "Breaking the Pattern" by Charles Stuart Platkin. The book focuses on how to help you take action in those areas where you feel like you're stuck, or doomed to repeat negative experiences. In my whole dealing with this client I was re-living my experiences as a kid, desperately trying to get my parents attention, and to be appreciated, and have my efforts be rewarded. The harder I tried to win my parents attention and affection, the less they were interested. And I was re-living this whole experience with my client. I have loads of other great clients that pay well, really appreciate all that my company does for them, and are dying to tell everyone they know about how good we are. But I was falling back into the pattern of spending all my energy trying to please the people that don't want to be pleased. The whole experience was exhausting, but looking under the covers of it was fascinating...I had so many "AHA" moments over the course of the weekend! And I was able to come up with a plan to help build a better business and a more rewarding life: - focus on my main clients & the ones I enjoy working with - pay a lot of attention to what happens when clients ask for my services, ask myself if they are a fit for me...if not, pass up the business. - focus on more corporate clients, partnerships and other "top level" clients You know what happened? With my newfound inspiration for my business and a deeper understanding of what my business kryptonite is I had a totally refreshed mindset. And on Monday morning at 9am I had an incredible meeting with one of my biggest clients ever. The kind of client you dream working with - who has a great business, who appreciates what you do and who really values your services. What a difference some introspection, a little shift in my plans and re-affirmation that I "got it" via an excellent client meeting made!
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A New Trend In Home Protection: Guard Rabbits?
January 12, 2011 at 10:14 am 0
rabbit I'm not really into animal stories, but I came across this picture on I am Chiq and almost fell over! This is HUGE! The rabbits name is Darius, but I think he needs a tougher name. The family that owns him should get rid of the Rottwiler and just keep Darius at the door. Robbers would be so freaked out they would never break in, nobody would come to your door trying to sell you anything, and the Jehovah's Witnesses would never dare knock!
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A Sneak Peek At The Country Life
January 10, 2011 at 11:32 am 0
In the fall we moved to Niagara On The Lake - now we're country bumpkins! Except...the first thing we did was set up a high speed wireless connection. Moving from a 577 square foot condo to a 3500 square foot house is amazing - now we have a place to put all our stuff, and our guests can actually stay comfortably with us! Here's a slice of our citified country life: The first snowfall:
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Stay Tuned: More to come on how our country life unfolds.
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Grocery Shopping While Hungry Means Spending 10 Times More
January 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm 0

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This morning after picking up my Starbucks coffee, I felt hungry. Since Starbucks has such terrible tasting food I decided to walk across the street to a small grocery store to pick up a small yogurt. One yogurt - that was all. I walked into the store...and saw some nice looking organic blueberries, so I picked those up. And then I saw some Tangerines, which would sweeten up my plain yogurt wonderfully! Then some bananas caught my eye, followed by some almonds, sunflower seeds, and nectarines. I had to put all my goodies down, go back to the entry of the store, and get a cart because I couldn't carry all the things in my arms! When I headed over to the dairy aisle I picked up my plain yogurt, but there were flavoured kinds on sale too - so naturally I picked up a mango flavour, berry flavour, peach flavour. I also bought some cottage cheese because it has loads of protein and is healthy too! Almost ready to hit the checkout some muffins caught my eye, so I added them to my bursting cart. Finally I was satisfied that I had enough food for my breakfast. After I left the store I thought about what I intended to buy: - one small yogurt Vs. What I actually bought: -bluberries -bananas -nectarines -tangerines -sunflower seeds -almonds -4 big containers of yogurt (literally, 2 Litres of yogurt!) -cottage cheese -muffins I intended to spend $2.00 I really spent $29.67 It's true, you really shouldn't go to the grocery store when hungry!
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2010: A Crazy Year In Review
January 3, 2011 at 10:18 am 2
orange kisses 2010 was a crazy year. A year of massive changes, and totally organized chaos! Here's a recap of the insanity: I Sold My Condo Got Married Took A Trip To Argentina Started My Own Company Moved (Twice) Phew! Here's hoping 2011 is A LOT more relaxing!
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5 Resolutions For Richer, More Fun & Less Stressful 2011
January 2, 2011 at 10:05 am 0

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Every New Years loads of resolutions are passed around - eat less, exercise more, take your lunch to work everyday....all sorts of promises that don't typically live for longer than 2 weeks. For real, have you heard anyone who actually kept a resolution for a full year? I don't think it's actually happened. So, instead of making resolutions we're making some lifestyle changes. Our goal is to make 2011 the best year ever! How are we going to do that? By making 5 important changes in our life: Focus On What Makes You Happy. That's right. If you don't like, don't do it. Enough with saying yes to people, invitations, obligations that don't really "work" for us. If it doesn't make us happy, we're not doing it! Make Fun A Priority. In university life was good. We got together with our girlfriends, watched movies, went to free concerts, had picnics in the park, and most importantly WE HAD A BLAST! We didn't have much money, but we sure had fun! Now we socialize by going to restaurants, having wine with friends, but it's all getting kind of routine, and we only do it when it fits into our weekend schedule. After all, we spend all our time during the week thinking about work! Now we're making good old "fun" a priority. A street party on a Tuesday night? Sign me up! The free lunchtime concerts hosted by the Canadian Opera Comany - sign me up! Bring back the good old fashioned fun! Save More Money. You can't live rich if you feel poor, and as women taking charge of our finances is extremely important. We're not going to live like Scrooge, but we arere saving more. Remember that saying - "Pay yourself first". We're doing it and we're having more "free fun" at the same time. Relax More. That's right, we're going to chill out more. Enough with the crazy speed of life and all the work stress. This year, you'll find us sitting at the cafe, watching the passerby, taking a stroll after dinner, and reading good books. When we work, we're going to work really hard. When we're not, we are either having fun, or relaxing. Surround Yourself With Happy People Who Make You Feel Good. Your social circle has a huge influence on your happiness. Breakup with your negative friends, and spend more time with positive, interesting and inspiring people who make you feel good. Sound like a recipe for a good life, doesn't it?
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Last Minute Feel Good Christmas Gifts For Under $20
December 21, 2010 at 7:09 am 0
This year why not give gifts that are budget wise AND actually make you feel good? 1. Water.org's "Camelbak Water Bottle"
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Promoted in part by Matt Damon this cool water bottle gives 100% of the proceeds to support nearly a billion people in the world who lack clean water. The bottles are $18.99 and can be bought here. --- 2. Me To We Style's "Maisha Life Key Ring"
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The folks at Me To We Style sell socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes, books and music – as well as life-changing experiences. This key ring is part of the Artisans line; original accessories, handcrafted by artisans in Free The Children countries across the globe. Each unique piece is a connection between you and a working artisan, sustainably produced and using as much local supply as possible. The key ring sells for $9.99 and you can buy it online here --- 3. Unicef's "Beautiful Birds Magnet Notepads"
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These stylish notepads are beautifully designed and you get 2 in a pack with a pencil. They have a bird design and a fresh cut flowers design. Two magnetic notepads: 9.5cm x 9.5 cm. One pencil: 16.5 cm. The notepads are on sale for $6.99 and you can buy them here
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Christmas Procrastination: What To Do To Get Motivated
December 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm 0
Christmas-Fireplace-Decorations I'm not sure that I'm fully in the grinch category...but Christmas does not excite me at all, which means I wait until the last possible moment to buy gifts and do all the preparations necessary. I'm not into complaining, so I'll leave the long list of things wrong with Christmas off this post (hint, hint, it's freezing, expensive, stressful, involves terrible music and forced encounters with work mates you'd probably rather avoid.....just to name a few). Regardless, the fact remains, a little coaxing is required to bring out the "ho-ho" feeling. To get ready to get in the Christmas spirit here's what this (faux) Doctor orders. 1. make yourself some wonderful hot chocolate with marshmallows. Add lots of cream, and things you wouldn't normally drink. 2. put on a warm sweater. 3. curl up on the sofa. 4. make mental notes of memories you've shared with all the people on your Christmas list. 5. Enjoy those memories. Savour the fun times...when you laughed together, beautiful meals you shared together, maybe getting out of some sad times together. Enjoy the *real* moments you shared. 6. Then think of what each of those people would like for Christmas. Not some fancy, new, hot thing...but something meaningful, and set yourself a nice modest budget for each person. Maybe their grandmother's favourite vase broke this year and you know a guy who can fix it - get it repaired for them and wrap it up for Christmas. Or maybe they are always losing their golf balls when playing - get them a golf ball personalizer (you can type your initialls on the ball!) At the end of your list if you have some empty names make an effort to do some good this year - buy gifts from great (& charitable) organizations such as Me To We, or Unicef. Give your friends a gift & the proceeds will go to the charity! Doesn't that make you feel excited about Christmas already?? See, it's not so bad after all.
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Multi-Tasking, or Multi-Time Wasting? Women & Work
December 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm 0

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Women are famous multi-taskers. You know the kind. She's having a shower, brushing her teeth, planning her outift for the day, and sticking one hand out of the shower texting her client to confirm their meeting time. Sound familiar? Chances are if you are a woman, that's what your life is like. But does it get you anywhere faster, make you achieve more, and MOST IMPORTANTLY....does it make you happy? How much of the multi - tasking is truly essential? How much is keeping busy? How much is wasting time? And how much is leaving you totally exhausted and unfulfilled? In an effort to achieve everything imaginable (because you've been told you can have it ALL), women are pushed and pulled and stretched to do all sorts of things at all times of the day. But is it necessary? What if we just sat back, did one task at a time. Focused on what we were doing. Said no to helping everyone out all the time. Just took care of what we are supposed to take care of, instead of doing loads extra on top. We would feel less stressed, less stretched, we'd actually complete projects, instead of having a million loose ends at all times, and we'd feel pretty accomplished. Are you ready to take a pause, figure out if it's essential and then just FOCUS? It could be the start of a less stressed, higher achieving and happier you. ....That seems to be something worth trying out!
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New Bridal Plastic Surgery TV Show Set To Air
December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am 0
bridoplastyThere's a new TV show coming to E!, the Entertainment network, which promises to be as disturbing and ridiculous as it sounds - Bridoplasty. The show promises to award women on the show plastic surgery for winning weekly challenges in order to look "perfect" for their wedding. The craziest part? The girls future husbands will not know what they look like until they say "I do". How scary is that? Stop the insanity!!!!! Where are the fun loving, feel good, make a positive, lasting impression kind of shows??? Isn't it enough that we're in a terrible economy that is limping to the slowest ever recovery? But to add to it, there are a gazillion shows on tv that show the lowest of the low, people gripped with insecurities, and other shows that aspire to show people in shocking, and humiliating situations. Like we said before, thank goodness for this
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Kevin O’Leary’s 5 Keys To Success: The Dragon Speaks Out!
November 18, 2010 at 10:09 am 2

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Kevin O'Leary is one of the most famous folks from Dragon's Den. To put it mildly, he is definitely not afraid to share his opinions on pretty much everything - whether you asked him or not! But, it's that same brash personality that has made him a millionaire many times over. So when someone who has succeeded and failed, and then succeeded again tells you 5 things you need to be successful, it's definitely worth listening. For entrepreneur week Kevin spoke at The Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University) on Tuesday night, and here's what he pinpointed as the 5 things you need to be successful. 1. You need to admit your weaknesses to yourself. Only focus on your strengths, give someone else the work that you're not good at. And you can't be good at everything! 2. Communication Skills You need the ability to stand up in front of a big crowd and share your vision with confidence, to articulate what you are trying to do, and inspire others to take action. 3. A Laser Focus On Shareholder Returns Your bottom line should be your bottom line. As Kevin says "If you have to fire your mother, fire your mother". It seems harsh, but it's painfully true. Here's how Kevin put it, "If you're an employee, the CEO is always looking for way to fire you, because you are a cost, and the CEO's job is to cut costs and make more money". When he puts it that way it kind of makes sense, doesn't it? 4. No conscience. According to Kevin "You don't make friends, you make money. If you have to, fire your best friend”. When I raised this point to fellow entrepreneur he came back with an interesting story. Brad mentioned "It makes sense. My best friend and I started a venture a few years back and decided to fire each other. We realized we were bringing the same things to the table rather than complementing each other as we always had outside of business. We each run our own successful biz's today and remain best friends." That situation does take a lot of maturity, and also confidence to believe that you can do it all again. But that's the kind of belief you need to be a successful entrepreneur. You need nerves of steel! 5. You need luck Kevin believes there's just something...an energy, or some sort of karma, that successful people have. And that's pretty true, too. Successful people inspire success. They are normally confident, and they normally have lots of interesting stories and they know how to embrace opportunity. Look at Kevin, he's just got it. He's crazy wealthy, but he's smiling and having a good time during the presentation. He's convinced all of us at the presentation that we can be successful! That something, that luck/karma/energy....he's just got it!
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Prince William and Kate Middleton Set To Marry (& Why We Care)
November 16, 2010 at 10:31 am 0

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We don't really follow celebrity weddings, or royal weddings, or really anyone's wedding, but we have to confess we're thrilled about the wedding between William and Kate! Why? We're so tired of all the crappy news about the economy, about rising debt, about bombs in Mexico and every other little depressing piece of news that gets beaten to death by the media. Bring on the good news! We want international news coverage of pretty dresses, fancy hats, nice finger foods, gorgeous shoes....all of it! We want to have our minds focused on frivolous and pretty things - happy and positive things! Every newspaper will cover every detail....and hopefully bad news will take a backseat for a few weeks! Thank You William and Kate!
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Fall Update: The Crazy Life Of A Budding Entrepreneur
November 9, 2010 at 11:51 pm 0

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Wow, would be one word that would describe this fall. It has been totally crazy, and I love it! Here's what's been happening: - The business that I started 1 year ago has really taken off. When I started working for myself I was worried that I would make almost no money in the first year. So, I set my sights with a very moderate goal in mind -an income goal that was enough to make ends meet. One year in I've more than doubled the goal and the outlook for next year looks very promising! - I hired someone to help me with my workload - saving me time to live a pretty normal life! When you start your own business you work like crazy. At a certain point you may even have no life. And that's the point to step back. Why are you doing all this hard work anyway? To lead a better life, right? So I figured out what worked to get new business and keep clients happy - that's my job. The other behind the scenes things that I don't necessarily need to do all myself - I'll got help with some of these. Freeing up more time for me to live an actual life! I no longer have to pass on every single invitation that comes my way!! - We sold our condo. We live in a wonderful little condo with a view that is out of this world. The problem? It's tiny!!! This condo is where my husband lived before we were together - it's great for a bachelor, but not great for 2 people, especially when one of them works from home! So we put on the market, and started to look for a bigger place. - The bigger place we bought was actually a house in the country! That's right, a place in the country! We were originally looking for a house in downtown Toronto, but the prices were so high for something decent that we expanded our search, and by chance happened to find a gorgeous house on a nice piece of land in one of our favourite towns in the province. We went to see the place once, and bought it the next day. - But we don't plan on moving to the country full time, so we also rented a place in the city! Country bumpkins we are not, and while we love the idea of sitting by the fire, spending quality time in our peaceful house in the country, the reality is that we love the city life too, and the vast majority of our client meetings are downtown. So we'll spend a few weekdays in the city attending to business, and then the rest of the time in the country. To sum it all up things have been crazy, but good crazy! For all of you out there that would love to start your own company and experience the freedom that comes with it. Just do it! Yes, it will be scary, yes there will be some risk involved, but just think of the rewards! Want to be able to spend time with your family and work in a fulfilling career - what's stopping you? Want the freedom to travel for a month every summer to come back to a growing business - what's stopping you? There's a beautiful life waiting out there for you. What are you going to do about it?
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November: The Month To Say No More
November 3, 2010 at 10:41 am 0
If you're like most women, you naturally want to please people, and hve a hard time saying "no". This monh, we're going to say "no" more, and we hope you join us. 1. Say no to anything that will not benefit you, your business and achieving your goals. 2. Commit to `no more’ procrastinating. Quit dilly dallying around – it’s time to take action. That's right, focus on what works for you, and focus on your goals. You don't have to please people as much as you think, in fact you'll be doing everyone a big favour if you focus on the things that work for you. You will achieve more, be more focused, feel great about yourself and when it works for you you'll be in a better position to do things like help out others, but only if it works for you! Enjoy saying "no" more this month!
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Fast & Easy Diet and Exercise Plan – Perfect For The Busy Girl!
October 28, 2010 at 11:28 am 0
treadmill If you are looking for a quick and dirty – and incredibly easy to follow – diet and exercise plan we have just the thing for you! It’s easy to follow, relatively painless, and works for every woman, no matter how busy her schedule is! The plan is simple – start every week day with 20 minutes on the treadmill. Walk for 2 minutes, and then speed it up for 18 minutes of jogging. If you have more energy push yourself for a harder run, or if you are feeling slugglish set your treadmill to a slower pace – as long as you’re running! If you don’t have a treadmill it’s no problem - jump rope, take a bike ride, or go for a swim. The important thing is that you’re jumpstarting your day – and your metabolism – with 20 minutes of exercise every week day. After your morning exercise eat a light and fibre filled breakfast. Our fave is 1% milk with a small handful of old style muslix. The milk fills us up, and the muslix gives us protein and all sorts of great vitamins. You can also try no fat cottage cheese and an apple, or plain oatmeal with a spoonful of honey and a few berries. Come lunch time you’ll notice a big difference. Since you already exercised and started your day with a healthy breakfast you’ll be much more motivated to keep yourself healthy – and you don’t want to waste your efforts from the morning by eating crap now – so staying to a healthy plan all day just comes naturally! Try it out – run for 20 minutes every morning, followed by a light and healthy breakfast – you’ll be amazed what it does for your body, mind and waistline and you should start to see a difference after just one week
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Only 2 More Days To Win Tickets To The National Health Show
October 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm 0
healthy-woman That's right, there's ONLY 2 MORE DAYS TO WIN 1 OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW on October 23rd and 24th at the Direct Energy Centre In Toronto! HOW TO WIN! Go to the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page and post on our wall why you want to win a pair of tickets to the National Health Show. All the industry experts will be available to you under one roof in an exciting 2-day event, become inspired to look good and feel great at any age. Hundreds of exhibitors are on hand to give advice, offer services and products on healthy living at Canada’s National Health Show! We'll pull the winners on Friday at noon, so better post on the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page now so you don't miss out!
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How To Make Your Business Dream A Reality
October 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm 0
business-woman-white-suit Recently we heard from many of you that you would like to start your own business. Being an entrepreneur is amazing - you have control over your own destiny, you reap the rewards of your success instead of the big corporation you work for, and you manage your own schedule. But according to Scott Belsky, having too many great ideas can actually work against you! This article was originally posted on Entreprenuer.com, and we've re-posted it here to here to help you clear the idea clutter & get focused. --- Belsky, 30, author of Making Ideas Happen (Portfolio, 2010), argues that most entrepreneurs suffer from idea-to-idea syndrome, jumping from one big idea to the next while executing none. Startup failure rates suggest he's right, and he's built a business to address the problem. Belsky is the founder of Behance LLC, a firm in New York City which operates a networking website for creative professionals called The Behance Network, a tip site for productivity junkies called The99Percent.com, and sells web-based productivity software based on the Action Method. The Action Method breaks work into a series of steps represented by verbs that specify the next things to be done in executing an idea. Write the plan. Ship the product. Invoice the customer. Here are Belsky’s three tips for using the Action Method to create a company that executes. 1.Hire the killjoys. The first step to activating the Action Method, Belsky says, is to create an "immune system" that kills ideas. This means hiring killjoys to capture every action step and say no to new ideas -- rightfully so, in most cases. "It's important for entrepreneurs to hire people they don't necessarily want to have a beer with but who can be the immune system in their startup," Belsky says. Founders sometimes play this role, too. Francis Pedraza, a long-time Reserve Officer Training Corps student from a military family, enforces focus at his Ithaca, N.Y.-based startup of 17 fellow Cornell University students, The DoBand Campaign. DoBand is a social network where participants hold each other accountable to get things done. Each participant has a wearable band that identifies them and their proposed tasks. Pedraza, who manages the company using Belsky's Action Method productivity software, says the team's performance slipped during the summer months while working remotely. Upon their return in the fall, he brought in new team members, challenged others and cut those who weren't performing. "If you've got enough guts to fire one or two people on the team, miracles start to happen," Pedraza says. In this case, he and his team raised $75,000 in funding just a few months into the life of the business. 2. Work with a bias toward action. No doubt accountability is a key feature of the action-oriented startup, but perhaps the most important attribute is a propensity to act. For that to occur, Belsky says entrepreneurs need to unlearn some things. "It's important, in the early stages of a creative project, to almost do the opposite of what we're taught growing up, which is to think before we act," Belsky says. "Startups have to recognize that their competitive advantage against the big guys is that they have the space to [experiment]." What they don't have is time. Today's startups build and release products in days rather than months. In that environment, action is a survival skill, Belsky says, especially if the original concept was right all along. Evan Saks, founder of build-to-order mattress maker Create-A-Mattress.com in Needham, Mass., learned this lesson the hard way. He says his team spent two months talking with suppliers about adding options before his design agency pushed him to focus on getting the company's website live. Feedback would dictate changes, the agency's owner said. It was just the wake-up call Saks needed. "Following that meeting, I created a roadmap that let the other vendors see there was a place for them in the future. Then, I set the roadmap aside and put all energies into launching the core website the way it was originally conceived," Saks says. 3.Change your vocabulary. While taking action can be the key to getting unstuck, talking action is often necessary to produce growth. "You need an environment where people are obsessed with taking action steps," Belsky says. This behavior manifests in various ways. Belsky says he's seen action-obsessed managers run meetings in which no one's allowed to sit. The thinking: Weak-kneed participants are more likely to keep discussion short and focused. Others force meeting participants to speak aloud the action steps assigned to them. The theory? If you speak what you intend to do aloud, you're more likely to do it. Atlanta-based brand development agency Matchstic uses this second tactic to improve how its teams and project managers work together. It wasn't always this way. In the past, project managers would take client requirements and pass them along to team participants and wait for results. When team members failed to get things done, the project manager would bear the consequences. Recognizing this problem, Matchstic chief strategist and co-founder Craig Johnson says management bought Belsky's book for everyone on the team. They read it together in the spring, and as an agency, began to change their approach to getting things done. Now, no meeting ends without every participant reviewing his or her action steps. Revenue is up 30 percent since, Johnson says. "Adopting action-oriented vocabulary in our office has made a huge difference in how things get done," Johnson says. "If something doesn't get done, it's clear who's dropped the ball, which means people drop the ball much less often." Uniting Against Idea Overload Belsky isn't the only business thinker who sees having too many ideas as potentially toxic. In addition to Behance's networking group, the company also hosts a popular productivity think tank called The 99 Percent, a tribute to legendary inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison, who famously quipped that genius is "one percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration." This same community also gathers annually at a conference attended by many of the business elite, including venture capitalist Fred Wilson, partner at Union Square Ventures and early investor in Twitter who spoke at last year's confab. The next conference is scheduled for May 5-6, 2011, at the Times Center in New York City. Idea generation will play no part in the agenda. "Most entrepreneurs focus more on the ideas and less on how they organize themselves for action," Belsky says. To him, and his inspiration, Edison, making ideas happen is all about the other 99 percent.
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WIN Tickets To The National Health Show This Weekend
October 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm 1
healthy_tennis_women_closeup WIN 1 OF 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW on October 23rd and 24th at the Direct Energy Centre In Toronto! HOW TO WIN! Go to the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page and post on our wall why you want to win a pair of tickets to the National Health Show. Canada's National Health Show is the largest consumer show dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for Canadians. Quickly becoming the must-see event of the year, this show encompasses everything about health, beauty, fitness, healthy eating and well-being for the MIND, BODY and SOUL! All the industry experts will be available to you under one roof in an exciting 2-day event, become inspired to look good and feel great at any age. Hundreds exhibitors to give advice, offer services and products on healthy living at Canada's National Health Show! TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE LOVE THE NATIONAL HEALTH SHOW: •Pick up secret tips and healthy tricks - ask the experts •Beauty advice and FREE samples •Try the latest exercise craze •Marvel at the new technology and equipment •Experience a relaxing express spa treatment •Weight loss advice and diet tips •Learn from the "sExperts" on how to spice up your sex life •Rebalance your mind with the well - being and holistic experts •Relax and take - in the vast knowledge of gifted motivational speakers and talented special guests •It's fun! Come alone and meet new people or bring the entire family out! WINNING IS EASY! Just write on the Cashmere Clutch Facebook page wall why you want a pair of tickets to the National Health Show & 10 lucky winners will be selected!
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30 Day Fitness Challenge Final Winners
October 13, 2010 at 10:29 am 0

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Congratulations to all the lovely ladies who completed the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Our final challenge - to complete the challenge survey - got a gazillion responses, and 7 lucky ladies were picked randomly as the final winners. The big winners are: Allison McManus - winner of the Burts Bees Beauty Package Catherine Martens - winner of the 4 week Booty Camp gift certificate And the following 5 ladies who won a copy of Women Food and God from Simon and Schuster Canada Ekaterina Trapeznikova Lauren Biggs Amanda Marseille Megan Richardson Sonya Rogozynski Congrats ladies! Well Done
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Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?
October 8, 2010 at 11:23 am 0

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Thanksgiving is the best holiday. There's no pressure, no presents, it's still nice outside, and it's all about being thankful! Does a holiday get any better than that? And, it's also a time to reflect and really think about what you have to be thankful for.
Here's my list of things to be thankful for in 2010: - I'm thankful for my husband. He's a great guy, very loyal and someone who I really look up to. I'd been looking for someone just like him, and I finally found him! - I'm thankful for having the guts to start my own business. It was a big jump...and took some serious chutzpah at times, but I did it, and it's growing and I was able to surpass my income goal by June! - I'm thankful for my aunt and uncle. They stood by me when things were at a very low point in my life, helped me grow to be a better person, and we have a lovely relationship now. - I'm thankful for facing some of my biggest fears in life, being honest, and moving on. Getting married was a big worry - having to trust someone so much after growing up in a family where you couldn't trust anyone was a big deal. But, I pushed through. And soon after being married we were arguing all the time. But we put it all on the table, scrapped it out, and I stood up for myself where before I would just let everything go. I was worried that really fighting would tear us apart...but guess what, it brought us closer together! Now we argue whenever things come up, we deal with it, and we move on in peace. It's great! There are many other small things to be thankful for, and I really try to appreciate them on a daily basis...things like a good cup of coffee, a sunny day, a nice chat with a good friend. Those are real heart warmers that I'm exceptionally grateful for. What about you? What are you thankful for?
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How To Reward Yourself Without Pigging Out
October 4, 2010 at 9:21 am 0
reward You work hard at work so you can be rewarded with a big salary, but what about in your personal life? If you are like most women you often make food you reward, or in some cases your relief! You packed up all your summer clothes and tidied up your house so you reward yourself with a big glass of Cabernet, or your favourite chocolates. You worked, hard, so you deserve it....right? Before you know it you are rewarding everything you do, and you've gained 5 pounds! Learning how to reward yourself so that you feel satisfied, but don't overdo it, is hard. Here are some tips to help you curb your bad habits, so rewards end up making you feel good and pampered. Know what you’re rewarding Before you establish your perk system, you have to decide what behaviour you’re reinforcing. Just as you want to be specific when setting goals, you want to be detailed in how you’ll congratulate yourself for meeting them. Are you going to treat yourself when you’ve eaten healthy for a few days or when you’ve dropped 5 pounds? Choose bigger payoffs for more challenging accomplishments such as losing 40 pounds, dropping 10 percent of your body fat, or lowering your cholesterol by 20 points. Have smaller, stick-with-it bonuses in mind for days when you need just a little pick-me-up to keep going. Write down rewards on the calendar We’ve encouraged you all along to log your goals as well as what you’re eating and doing for exercise. Now look at your calendar and set “treat” days ahead of time. Then keep a list of perks you’ll dole out as you meet your goals or make it through tough tests of your newfound resolve. Know your motivators Choose things you’re excited to work for, like a massage or pedicure, a night out with friends, or new clothes. One caveat: Never use food as a reward. It can give a bad habit -emotional eating- traction and thwart your progress.
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The Attitude That Attracts Love
September 29, 2010 at 10:59 am 0

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Recently we came across an article that was too good not to share. It's one of those rare moments where you can look at some of the things you are doing, or even not doing, and how this affects your search for the elusive "Mr. Right". This article is written by Amy Spencer, and was originally published in Women's Health Magazine. Here it is! --- Attractive, smart, successful 37-year-old Carissa had it all... except for what she wanted most: a husband and kids. And despite her best efforts to hide it, the desperation she felt over her single status was written all over her pretty face-hardly a trait most men find magnetic. So last year, she decided to freeze her eggs in an effort to extend her fertility. It was an expensive and sometimes painful process, thanks to the series of hormone injections she underwent. But it left her feeling empowered. “I’d been waiting around for my life to happen, and suddenly I was living it and enjoying myself, and it felt great,” she says. A few months later, she went on a Match.com date. And guess what? This one was fun, they talked, they laughed, and 10 months later... they got married! The moral of the story: you don’t have to freeze your eggs to find love, but you may need to adjust your outlook. “Dating success relies on you embracing your life, even if it’s not exactly the life you had planned,” says Michelle Callahan, Ph.D., a Women’s Health contributor and author of Ms.Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success. “Radiating self-assurance makes people want to join you for the ride.” Read on for tricks to cultivate that vibe. Say Cheese “A happy attitude is so alluring, yet would be shocked by how many women forget to smile when meeting someone new,” says Rachel Dinero, Ph.D., director of the psychology program at Cazenovia College in New York. Not that she faults them. It can be tough to be cheery if you’ve been burned in the past or if the conversation suddenly takes a turn for the tedious. But feeling like a jackass for the few seconds it takes to force a smile may be worth your effort. Research shows that flexing the facial muscles that are required to smile can substantially improve your mood. And it has a similar effect on the person with you. When you smile at someone, it may fire up a bundle of neurons in the frontal lobe of their brain, triggering happy feelings, says Craig Malkin, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In other words, he could subconsciously start to associate elation with you. Plus, a study published in the journal Psychological Science found that smiling at a person makes you look prettier. Stay with us. Exude Confidence A self-assured attitude acts like a giant spotlight, highlighting all of your great qualities. This explains why a recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology proved that men fin women more attractive when they exude confidence. The good news is that developing a healthy dose of it doesn’t require some big, annoying self-improvement project. “Confidence is born when you start thinking of the bigger picture,” says Bethany Marshall, Ph.D., author of Deal Breakers: When to Work on a Relationship and When to Walk Away. “If you let your self-esteem hinge on a little external factors – he didn’t call, no one congratulated you on your promotion – you end up defining yourself based on other people’s ever-changing approval. When you have a steady view of yourself, it becomes easier to brush off others’ negativity, which can erode your sense of self.” And if you’re ever tempted to make self-deprecating comments in an effort to seem down-to-earth and approachable, don’t. “The latest brain research shows that when people make negative comments about themselves, even in jest, they can start to believe them,” says Diana Kirschner, Ph.D., author of Love in 90 Days. Take Control of Your Destiny By deciding to freeze her eggs, Carissa was essentially gaining a tighter hold on the reins of her life. “When you’re in the driver’s seat and making decisions, it sinks in that you’re capable of finding the joy in your life and that you don’t necessarily need a man to bring you happiness,” says Marshall. For example, if you’ve always wanted to own a house, there’s no reason to wait until you need a two-car garage. According to the National Association of Realtors, 21 percent of home buyers are now single women, so you’ll be in good company should you decide to make that leap. Bottom line: Taking charge of your life breeds independence, and a self-sufficient vibe is alluring. If you’re already fulfilled, he won’t get the sense that he’s only positive factor in your life. Who wants that kind of pressure? Focus on the Present When you do meet a great guy, heed this very important piece of advice: Don’t bring up your fast-approaching deadlines for major life milestones (read: marriage and babies) on date one. Guys have radar that picks up on women with timelines, and you don’t want him to think you are just husband shopping and aren’t really interested in him. Instead, talk about the aspects of your life that you’re passionate about – your career, running, cooking, whatever. Chatting about stuff that’s meaningful to you and going on right now serves as an important reminder that you bring a lot to the table. And he’ll want to pull up a seat right next to you.
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Week Three Winners: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 28, 2010 at 11:02 am 0

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Congratulations to the following fabulous ladies who won the Simon and Schuster Canada book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working! There were oodles of emails asking to win the prize, but the first five ladies were the winners: Dorothy McClure Stephanie Woods Rachel Robichaud Pauline McGarrigle Serena Miller To claim your prize email info@cashmereclutch.com with your mailing address.
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How To Avoid Unhealthy Business Dinners & Drinking Too Much
September 21, 2010 at 9:28 am 0
When you are a busy professional and a large part of your business success depends on business lunches, dinners and cocktail events it can be nearly impossible to keep on track for a healthy diet with moderate drinking. Watch this video to find out the secret we discovered to resisting temptation that will have people encouraging you not to drink or sabotage your diet!
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Life Manifestos: Putting On Paper What You Want
September 20, 2010 at 8:15 am 0
baby Recently at a fancy spa we overheard one of the patrons discuss her baby manifesto with her friends. Her and her husband are trying to get pregnant and she wanted to make sure that her expectations for herself, her husband and her baby were clear. She also wanted to re-assure her husband that when they have a baby she wants to maintain her current lifestyle as close as possible to now, and him also. That meant she included details on how he should continue sailing, golfing and other activities that are important to him, while she would also continue with the things important to her, like having somone come and clean their apartment, have some free time to relax on her own, and be able to take the baby around town to lots of art shows and other activities. Upon hearing this we couldn't help but share it. It seems purely brilliant! The things most scary to us, like marriage and babies are the things that we leave most up on the air, or at least the least defined. When you buy a car you sign all sorts of documents about maintenance and return policies, and when you buy a vacation all the deails are laid out, like types of restaurants, spa activities, sports activities and so on. But when you enter into a marriage.....or have a baby......nothing seems to be defined. So go forth, put on paper what you want, discuss it, negotiate it, and make sure that the person you are with understands your needs and wants, so you will not discover after the fact that you had entirely different ideas! Good Luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Week One 30 Day Fitness Challenge Winners
September 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm 0

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Congratulations to our week one winners for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. One Month Booty Camp Fitness Gift Certificate: Connie Ladas One Copy of Last Night at Chateau Marmont from Simon and Schuster Canada each: Allison Knudsen, Andrea Bloomfield, Tanya Reeb Holm, Mary Ghazarian, Denise Glazier Do you like getting fit, having fun and winning prizes? Make sure you join our 30 Day Fitness Challenge - just sign up for our newsletter and you're entered! The challenge is officially from September 7th - October 7th, but you can join at anytime, just adjust the starte date to the date you receive the first e-newsletter.
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Week Two: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 14, 2010 at 11:50 am 1

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Today marks the start of Week 2 of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! How are you feeling? We've heard from lots of you that you're feeling great, you love the recipes and some of you are struggling with the limits of cocktails - stay strong ladies, it's worth it! So far the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is off to a great start! We're thrilled to have hundreds of people on board to get fit, have fun & win prizes. Speaking of prizes...if you haven't signed up yet you are not too late. You must sign up for the e-newsletter to be eligible to win the prizes though, so make sure you don't miss out on the chance to win great prizes including: - 2 four week gift certificates for Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company - 20 free book giveaways from <a target="_blank" Simon and Schuster Canada This weeks 2 e-newsleter is going out today - so sign up to the e-newsletter now so you can join!
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Workaholic Gets A Life
September 9, 2010 at 9:54 am 2
Yoga Recently we came across a great article from a former workaholic who has since reformed and continues to be abundantly successful and has time and energy to spend on some of the simpler things in life - like growing tomatoes, sipping lemonade on her porch and reading inspiring books. Here's Jennifer Kushell from Your Success Network --- This summer there were a lot of changes in my life, both personally and professionally. In short, I got a life. I’m not missing my workaholic self one bit either. For 17 years I’ve worked non-stop. An entrepreneur since I was 13, I hit my stride at 19 while starting The Young Entrepreneurs Network…and the rest is history. I’ve been obsessed with succeeding as a social entrepreneur ever since. It’s such a tricky balance. And when you’re trying to make a serious impact, no matter how much you accomplish, you always seem to feel like you’ve barely just scratched the surface. Taking myself outside of my workaholic self, I’m now taking a hard look at the toll this lifestyle has done to me personally and it’s frankly kind of scary. Sleep deprivation. Unhealthy eating. Embarrassingly sparse exercise. Excessive amounts of caffeine. So little fresh air or vitamin D (sun). Countless all-nighters. More missed parties, holidays and special occasions than I’d dare try to count. While I’ve traveled for work over one million miles now, I’ve had 2 two-week vacations to speak of since that dreamy and wild month off with my high school BFF all over Spain, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza way too long ago. Adventures and private get aways since have been great, but usually no more than quick 2, 3, 4 day stints. Always, time stolen, riddled with guilt and stress over the opportunity cost of what I’d be missing, delaying, neglecting at work. Somehow I have managed to make a lot of friends over the years who’ve tried their best to look out for me. As you can imagine, I’ve gotten a lot of slack over the years for not having any real balance too. Like a true addict, I always knew I had a problem, but didn’t quite understand how all encompassing or harmful it had been. Yes, business always came first and I last, but besides me, what else got squeezed out more times than I’d like to admit? Family, close friends, personal time, fun, life. Even the closest relationship in my life suffered irreparable harm…even though we were in it all together. A few months ago, I kind of restarted my life. I confronted a battle to let go of the stress, confusion, complication and negativity that had consumed me for years. I ended up in a pretty deep dive of depression, I’ll admit to you now. (That’s kind of why you didn’t hear a lot from me for a few months. Sorry.) But with the help of the most wonderful of friends and loved ones, I fought back. Survived. …and now, I smile again,. Constantly. I have officially taken my life back. I have one. And it’s so nice. Now I struggle with the same challenges that everyone else does – how to do it all, have it all. Before, it might have looked like I did, but I didn’t. I was missing too much of the “me” in the equation. What am I doing differently today? I cook, create, walk on the beach, sit on the beach, watch less tv, read more, spend more time online with an incredible array of new friends from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and of course, YSN. I exercise, shop, stroll though farmers markets, sit on my deck with friends for hours getting lost in engulfing conversations, get consumed by laughter, clean my house, maintain a garden (with tons of fresh herbs and tomatoes), fill the house with flowers, bask in the sun, catch up on reading, nap with the kitties, walk my neighbor’s dog. I now take photographs like I’m afraid I’ll miss a single moment. Work, I love again. I dream, invent, conceive, collude, collaborate, and create every chance I can. I write more because I’m constantly inspired now. I’m more connected, more transparent. I want to learn, listen, share every minute I’m alive. And yes, I am committed to succeed more than ever, even in the most traditional sense. I’m ready to profit, and not just give everything away as I always have. I deserve it. I know I do. In this new zone of mine, I’ve been more present. I’ve reconnected with tons of old friends and colleagues. I’ve also been thanked daily. People who’s lives I’ve touched in some way have come out of the woodworks lately to make their experiences known. I’ve been humbled and awed by this profoundly. Every day is rich, robust, calm, exciting, joyous, adventurous. I could still use more sleep. And a lot more exercise. But I’ll get there. For now, I’m quite at peace. The other day, I was downright euphoric. Now, I’m ready to tackle the challenges ahead and feel infinitely stronger setting out to do so. To all you workaholics out there: Those of you who can’t stop yourself from truly giving your work your life, all the time, I understand. I really do. Try to make some room for you, for whatever matters to you, not just in the big picture and the big scheme of things, but for the here and now. Start by focusing on the little moments that fill your day and your life. The simple things that inspire you to smile, laugh, feel warm and fuzzy inside…and connect with those things over and over. Try to infuse them in your work too. Let me know how it goes. Maybe we can help each other. After all, we always have. Photo Credit: Solazzarre.com
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Video – Day One: 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 7, 2010 at 11:46 am 0
Today is Day One of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge and we're thrilled to have hundreds of you on board! We put together a short video for you with Challenge details and great tips on how you can have a healthy, active and fun lifestyle without missing out on socializing with your friends. We'll also share a big secret on how you can win amazing prizes.
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LAST CHANCE! The 30 Day Fitness Challenge Starts Tomorrow
September 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm 0
Jumping on the beach Today is the last chance to sign up for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Don't miss out on your chance to get fit, have fun and Win Prizes! Here are some of the prizes: - 2 four week gift certificates to Booty Camp Fitness - a fabulous gift basket worth $150 from Burts Bees - 20 free book giveaways from Simon and Schuster Canada - a gorgeous collection worth $200 from Upper Canada Soap Company Join Us – all you have to do is sign up for our newsletter!
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9 Great Last Minute Plans For The Long Weekend
September 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm 0
The long weekend is almost here, and if you are not sure what to do there are lots of fantastic things on! So grab your sunglasses and take full advantage of the last long weekend of summer. Make it a great one!

Things To Do In Toronto


1.Take A Day Trip To The Toronto Islands (click here to read more) One of our favourite things to do is to go the the Toronto Islands. 2. Go To The Beach (click here to read more) The Beach is also a favourite place to be this weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, play some volleyball, watch the seagulls, or enjoy a delicious brunch along Queen Street. 3. Visit The Harboufront Area (click here to read more) There's also lots of great things happening at the Harbourfront in general. Read on to find out what to do, where to go, and where the best patio is!

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4. Take A Day Trip To Niagara On The Lake (click here to read more) Niagara On the Lake is an absolute favourite. Here's a short post on what do while you're in Ontario's favourite wine country. 5. Go To Cottage Country (click here to read more) Cottage country is gorgeous, and there's no better weekend to enjoy it than this one! Here's a link to a last minute cottage rental site...so tempting!

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6. Host A Fabuous Dinner Party (click here to read more) It's going to be gorgeous, so host a fabulous outdoor dinner party with these amazing recipes. 7. Go On A Cheap, Fun & Active Date (click here to read more) Great suggestions for cheap, active and super fun date activities. If you're single don't fret, grab one of your girlfriends and make it a girls date! 8. Go Hiking With Your Girlfriends (click here to read more) The great outdoors, great girlfriends...well it all sounds pretty great. And it is. Do something totally different this weekend, and go hiking with your ladies. You'll love it! 9. Day Dream What Your Fantasy Life (click here to read more) In a relaxed environment, with no pressure or noise, or stress, or anything to disrupt you, let your mind wander...and create a picture of your dream life. It will be the start of great things for you!
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Only 1 Week Until The 30 Day Fitness Challenge
September 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm 0


Can you believe that we are already in September? It's crazy to think the summer is about to wrap up, school starts again for all the students, and for everyone else summer hours end and it's time to get back at it! But to be honest, we're kind of excited about that! This summer has been gorgeous - maybe one of the best ever in Toronto - and now we're ready to pull up our socks. And what better way to get back at it than with the 30 Day Fitness Challenge from September 7th - October 7th! We've all had lots of summertime snacks, patio drinks, and probably a few too mojitos! Now we get to join each other in a fitness journey, have fun together and have the chance to win some great prizes! That's a WIN - WIN - WIN situation! Join us for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge! Sign Up for the newsletter to participate
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What’s Your Business Personality?
August 26, 2010 at 10:39 am 0
Happy business woman on the cell phone under the blue sky Recently while doing some research we asked several female entrepreneurs how much personality they show in business. The answers were varied - some people showed a lot, even in some cases blogging about sexual experiences and other extremely intimate situations, while others not at all, and some said just be yourself and let your personality shine through....to a limit. The way we conduct ourselves in business is largely a part of our personality in general. But for business, according to Darrell Zahorsky these can be categorized into 9 different personality types: The 9 Personality Types of Entrepreneurs 1. The Improver: If you operate your business predominately in the improver mode, you are focused on using your company as a means to improve the world. Your overarching motto is: morally correct companies will be rewarded working on a noble cause. Improvers have an unwavering ability to run their business with high integrity and ethics. Personality Alert: Be aware of your tendency to be a perfectionist and over-critical of employees and customers. Entrepreneur example: Anita Roddick, Founder of The Body Shop. 2. The Advisor: This business personality type will provide an extremely high level of assistance and advice to customers. The advisor's motto is: the customer is right and we must do everything to please them. Companies built by advisors become customer focused. Personality Alert: Advisors can become totally focused on the needs of their business and customers that they may ignore their own needs and ultimately burn out. Entrepreneur example: John W. Nordstrom, Founder Nordstrom. 3. The Superstar: Here the business is centered around the charisma and high energy of the Superstar CEO. This personality often will cause you to build your business around your own personal brand. Personality Alert: Can be too competitive and workaholics. Entrepreneur example: Donald Trump, CEO of Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. 4. The Artist: This business personality is the reserved but highly creative type. Often found in businesses demanding creativity such as web design and ad agencies. As an artist type you’ll tend to build your business around the unique talents and creativities you have. Personality Alert: You may be overly sensitive to your customer’s responses even if the feedback is constructive. Let go the negative self-image. Entrepreneur example: Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert. 5. The Visionary: A business built by a Visionary will often be based on the future vision and thoughts of the founder. You will have a high degree of curiosity to understand the world around you and will set-up plans to avoid the landmines. Personality Alert: Visionaries can be too focused on the dream with little focus on reality. Action must proceed vision. Entrepreneurial example: Bill Gates, Founder of MicroSoft Inc. 6. The Analyst: If you run a business as an Analyst, your company is focus on fixing problems in a systematic way. Often the basis for science, engineering or computer firms, Analyst companies excel at problem solving. Personality Alert: Be aware of analysis paralysis. Work on trusting others. Entrepreneurial example: Intel Founder, Gordon Moore. 7. The Fireball: A business owned and operated by a Fireball is full of life, energy and optimism. Your company is life-energizing and makes customers feel the company has a get it done attitude in a fun playful manner. Personality Alert: You may over commit your teams and act to impulsively. Balance your impulsiveness with business planning. Entrepreneurial example: Malcolm Forbes, Publisher, Forbes Magazine. 8. The Hero: You have an incredible will and ability to lead the world and your business through any challenge. You are the essence of entrepreneurship and can assemble great companies. Personality Alert: Over promising and using force full tactics to get your way will not work long term. To be successful, trust your leadership skills to help others find their way. Entrepreneurial example: Jack Welch, CEO GE. 9. The Healer: If you are a Healer, you provide nurturing and harmony to your business. You have an uncanny ability to survive and persist with an inner calm. Personality Alert: Because of your caring, healing attitude toward your business, you may avoid outside realities and use wishful thinking. Use scenario planning to prepare for turmoil. Entrepreneurial example: Ben Cohen, Co-Founder Of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. What's your business personality?
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Want To Slim Down? The 30 Day Fitness Challenge Starts Sept 7th
August 24, 2010 at 10:24 am 0

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In just 14 short days the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is set to begin! That's right, the kids go back to school and you go back to the gym! And don't say you didn't get enough time to enjoy the summer - you have 2 full weeks to drink cocktails, eat sweets, and laze in the hazy last days of summer. When you've had just about enough of the dog days you can pull up your socks, tie up your laces and join us for 30 FUN FILLED days in the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. To Enter Simply sign up for our newsletter
Each week we’ll send you delicious (and healthy) recipes, an excercise plan and some motivational tips. PLUS, each week we’ll have some fabulous giveaways from any of our fantastic promotional partners including: Booty Camp Fitness Burts Bees Upper Canada Soap Company Revolution Organics Simon and Schuster Canada Join Us – sign up for our newsletter to Have Fun, Get Fit & Win Prizes!
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Learning To Trapeze: Learning To Let Go
August 20, 2010 at 11:39 am 0

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I can’t say that I’ve always wanted to run away with the circus, in fact, the closest I’ve ever got to the big top was reading Fifth Business as a kid, and creating body image issues for myself in funhouse mirrors. But as I approached my 35th birthday, I wanted to do something different, something that would test my boundaries and help me to regain some of the fearlessness of youth. I decided to try the flying trapeze. Now it’s not an original idea – I admit I saw it on an episode of Sex in the City, but the key was translating this idea into reality. I thought it was going to be difficult to find a circus in Toronto, but through the wonders of the internet, I discovered that the Toronto Circus school offers drop-in trapeze classes in a hangar at Downsview park. I convinced a few friends to join me and off we went into the unknown. When we arrived we were greeted by a pleasant looking woman who asked us to sign a waiver. I shrugged it off as a precaution and happily signed away my life – all in the name of fun. My friends and I looked at each other and broke out into a nervous giggle. This was safe wasn’t it…??? I tried to reassure us as we walked into the gymnasium. There was nothing to be afraid of. We would have a harness, a net, someone spotting us and of course a lot of practice before we even got up the trapeze.
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Or so I thought. As we walked in, all I could see was the 20 foot ladder leading to a precarious looking wooden platform and the vastness of the distance between the trapeze and the net. We all looked at each other and gulped. There would be no easing into the trapeze; we received a routine, saw a quick demonstration and were strapped in for the horror ahead. The first person up made it look really easy and gave us a false sense of security (we found out later that she was a regular). The trembling people that followed were more the norm. The closer we got to the front of the line, the more nervous we got. As I had been the instigator of the madness, I had the pleasure of going first. I never thought I had a fear of heights until I got up to the ladder. My arms were trembling and I had to force myself not to look down. As I approached the platform, I kept worrying that I would lose my footing and plummet to the ground. The platform itself was probably only 3x2 feet wide and had to support the weight of two people. I was sweating as I walked onto the platform and having some serious second thoughts. The spotter told me to grab onto the trapeze with one hand and perch my toes off the front of the platform. I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as I looked at the net below. Then I was to grab the trapeze with my other hand and when she yelled “hup”, (carnie talk for “go”) I was supposed to jump off with my feet. She yelled, I jumped and swung like a pendulum. I could feel the rush of the air beside me and my arms being ripped from their sockets. I hung on for dear life and could barely hear the instructions of what to do next. After a few swings I was to tuck my knees up and throw them over the trapeze, let go of my arms and then release to fall gracefully onto the net. This is what happened – I kept swinging, my arms quivering, my body feeling like a dead weight. Try as I might, I couldn’t get my knees over the bar and was stuck there in limbo. After what seemed like an eternity, I heard a voice say something that sounded like “let go”. So I did. I fell onto the net in a heap and rolled onto the floor. I felt exhilarated. I took a second to think about what I had done and smiled. I just did the flying trapeze. Now how many people can say that? P.S. I did better the second time around. Heena is a labour lawyer with a large Canadian financial institution and has contributed several articles to Cashmere Clutch. If you liked this article you may also like Heena's other articles: Dealing With A Job Loss Starting A New Job: How To Get Your Groove Back
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Self Promotion For The Shy Entrepreneur: 3 Tips
August 18, 2010 at 10:00 am 0
Most people assume that if you are an entreprenuer you must have loads of confidence...but that's often quite far from reality. You know how most of the time you feel pretty good about yourself, but then something little, maybe a comment in a meeting, noticing your clothes look ragged, or something huge like a big project falls through, just throws you way off. When you are an entrepreneur you have to face these challenges every day! You are always putting yourself out there, trying to get as much attention as possible, and not being shy to tell people what you do, your company name and your 10 second elevator speech. Confidence in your abilities or your business often intersect with your confidence as a person, and that's where sometimes you may falter. And it will happen to everyone. “The first time I did a show out in the field, it took 20 times to get my intro down pat,” says Amber MacArthur, 34, founder of Web agency MGI Media, technology specialist, TV personality and author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Grow Your Business. If someone so accomplished can feel so uncomfortable, it's easy to imagine that it happens to absolutely everyone, and it will happen to you too. The best remedy is to "fake it till you make it", but in a very real way, don't pretend to be a German Sheppard when you're really a Golden Retriever puppy. Just be yourself, with a great ability to pick yourself, dust yourself off, and go forth and self promote again! Because, after all, you are your brand! You need to self promote to build your business, no matter what you are selling. To make your brand building online Amber has these 3 simple suggestions: No. 1: Make sure you have a website. Tools such as SquareSpace and Wordpress make it really easy to build your own site. No. 2: Use a lot of social media tools to get out there and network. Integrate tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook into your website, so essentially your website is a home base for all of your branding efforts. No. 3: E-mail really is a social network. The number of people who e-mail you on a regular basis is enormous. So within your e-mail network, turn your signature into something where you link to your personal website, Twitter and Facebook accounts, and really use that to promote yourself As an example, preview the email signature below -- Ingrid Menninga Founder www.cashmereclutch.com Help Us Get to 150 Friends on this Facebook Page; Click and Like us Please Twitter Cashmere Clutch is a women's lifestyle site focusing on living a balanced, fulfilling and fabulous life. Visit us at www.cashmereclutch.com -- There's lots of contact information above, and you can clearly figure out what the business is, how it helps people, and how you can stay connected online. Also, the "Help Us Get 150 Facebook Fans" Tactic is a new one, but seems to help increase the number of fans on the page. Try it out for your business and let us know how it goes.
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Orlena Cain: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepeneur
August 16, 2010 at 11:56 pm 0
orlenaMix Our latest Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneur Series feature is Orlena Cain – founder of Sugarcain Entertainment, an online magazine that supports up and coming, aspiring female journalists, Belleville's Mix97's morning announcer, and The Shopping Channel's TV presenter. Orlena also works closely with the Children's Aid Society, and other charitable organizations. Busy does not even begin to describe Orlena, but you'll be surprised by what makes her tick and what she would do differently if she could do it all again. --- How did you start your business? I created it 6 years ago to help me build my portfolio of interviews and I kept meeting women who wanted to come on board and do the same. 2010 marks the end of a significant run in the world of entertainment news for Sugarcain Entertainment. We started out with one and currently have 25 journos that are in Toronto, Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa and Montreal. Vancouver, BC, Los Angeles, CA and TEXAS! We really are everywhere! What’s your typical day like? Throughout the ownership of my own online magazine, I have also continued to work as a television host and now morning show radio host too. A typical day starts at 430am/530am depending on if I wash my hair or not, which also depends on how restless my night was...lol! Its on air 600am - 1000am in Belleville on MIX97 radio (Mon-Fri)and then if need be I may have to travel an hour and 45 minutes to The Shopping Channel (TSC) studio to work an afternoon or evening shift. I usually work weekends in Toronto at TSC. What was your biggest worry when you started your own company? My biggest worry was that no one would find it interesting enough to read and to date we have 250-thousand readers! Not too shabby for no advertising and purely word of mouth. How long did it take for you to feel confident about working for yourself? For me confidence has never been something that I wait for to do something. I walk fearlessly and sometimes foolishly in the path of the least expected. Sometimes I fall flat on my face...but most times noone is around to see it and I dust myself off, wipe a tear away if it has strayed and keep moving. Life is a battle. You don't stop - keep moving! What surprised you the most about working for yourself? I will tell you what surprised me most about working for myself - you can make anything happen and it is true, " If you build it, they will come." What’s the biggest reward in working for yourself? The biggest reward is that I have had a successful online magazine for 6 years and I have helped alot of young women help themselves. I feel incredibly grateful to have met over 50 women who have been affiliated with Sugarcain Entertainment. Some have moved on to great jobs like Monika Platek who is an in house announcer for their live TV coverage for the TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS or Loriann Vilani who works on 102.1 THE EDGE as an anouncer. What have you sacrificed? I have sacrificed having or starting a family. I have sacrificed sleep. But I would change nothing, because, everything is as it should be. Is there anything you would have done differently? EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE. If I could change anything, I may have told a couple of people to go SCREW THEMSELVES. However, the world is small, so I silently have said it and not verbalized it, even though they deserved it. ----- Other Inspiring Women: Fearless and Fabulous Female Entrepreneurs Ali De Bold – cofounder of ChickAdvisor Equipped with a great business idea and loads of hard work she and her husband and business partner, Alex De Bold, started www.ChickAdvisor.com – Canada’s first user generated reviews community for women to share advice on their favourite products and local places. Find out how she did it, and the one thing she would have done differently! Lisa Ng – founder of HelloDJ Lisa Ng is a woman that goes after what she wants. She’s never worked in a corporate office, she owns her own DJ company, Hello DJ, and she’s not afraid to take risks. But how did she do it and what’s it like?
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