February 2014

Feb 28 2014

Hi Friends,

Great February! Thanks the SBCI, Sutton Group, and Guelph Public Library among others  for making my keynote and stand up events so much fun.

  

Wow,what a month it was. How about the winter Olympics? Go Canada Go. Thank you to all of the Canadian athletes, coaches, volunteers, etc for making us so [...] more...

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Feb 28 2014
We’re thrilled that We Vancouver has named social entrepreneur and restauranteur Mark Brand to their “Best Of” list, naming him their “Best Local Downtown Business Person.” The owner of  the Save On Meats enterprise in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, Mark champions the importance of sustainable business models with audiences throughout North America: How many restaurant owners... more...

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Feb 28 2014

almond 300x300 Fatty Friday ; Almond Butter Benefits
Many people don’t believe almond butter can help you lose weight. Well, it is true! There are, in fact, several benefits attributed to eating almond butter when you portion it correctly.

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Feb 28 2014
In highly competitive situations, you need to stand out, get noticed, and be remembered. Strategic communications and “soft skills” expert Mark Jeffries teaches audiences how to make smart moves that bring success. A trusted advisor to global blue chip corporations and non-profit organizations alike, Mark shares his insight into how verbal communications and body language... more...

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Feb 28 2014
  Fitness is my passion, but it’s also a business. Early on I realized very quickly that no one was going to hand me success; I’d have to work for it. And that’s what I did. For years I was a one-woman team overcoming obstacles to get my name out there. Yes, I made some more...

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Feb 27 2014
by: April D. ByrdGood Morning America reporter Robin Roberts will honor Poet and Author Maya Angelou at the MLB Awards Luncheon. The Major League Baseball Association is sponsoring the luncheon along with their annual Civil Rights game on May 30th. Foo... more...

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Feb 27 2014
by: April D. ByrdGood Morning America reporter Robin Roberts will honor Poet and Author Maya Angelou at the MLB Awards Luncheon. The Major League Baseball Association is sponsoring the luncheon along with their annual Civil Rights game on May 30th. Foo... more...

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Feb 27 2014

The Style House FEBRUARY 21, 2014 Kristy Wieber in Chic Ultime “Kristy Wieber (left) with...

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Feb 27 2014

“Do You Have Dress Repeat Syndrome?” Posted by BrazenWoman on February 24, 2014 “Picture it. You’re all dressed...

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Feb 27 2014
I apologize for the strong language – not usually in my repertoire- but I really did want to get your attention. I am just so sick and tired of talking to people who don’t know how to make a decision! Aren’t you? So many people who call […] more...

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Feb 27 2014
As the formidable host of the hit television program Eat St., James Cunningham brings people a curbside view of North America’s tastiest, messiest, and most irresistible street food. James paid a visit to Canada AM this morning to whip up some of his favourite food truck dishes. Watch here. more...

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Feb 27 2014
Today’s post is the first of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms.  I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!! I asked Peter [...] more...

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Feb 26 2014

keep calm and drink green tea 39 262x300 Weight Loss Wednesday; Selecting A Green Tea!
Yesterday on Facebook we talked about the benefits of green tea directly related to weight loss. Today, we want to expand upon subject more and discuss how to pick a proper green tea.

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Feb 26 2014
The biggest red carpet event of the year is almost upon us, which means  Ben Mulroney is prepping his questions, pressing his signature pocket squares and praying that the Brangelina gods will smile upon him. Here, the anchor of CTV’s eTalk shares some of his secrets to success–including how to get onside with Gaga: Throw... more...

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Feb 26 2014
As you opened your eyes this morning did you notice that you’re no longer waking up in total darkness? That in the evening, you can pick up groceries after work... Read more > more...

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Feb 26 2014
Maybe By Catalfo FW14 photo shoot Here is our first behind the scenes sneak peek...We had so much fun styling our Maybe Girl in our new collection for our FW14 lookbook.Thank you to our very talented team!From top left; Make-up artist Va... more...

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Feb 26 2014
Maybe By Catalfo FW14 photo shoot Here is our first behind the scenes sneak peek...We had so much fun styling our Maybe Girl in our new collection for our FW14 lookbook.Thank you to our very talented team!From top left; Make-up artist Va... more...

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Feb 26 2014

We are back with this week’s edition of Where and Wear Wednesday, highlighting the hottest...

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Feb 26 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games have ended, and the world will now turn its attention to Brazil, who host the games in 2016. But, like Sochi, there is global concern about Brazil’s readiness to host the Games and the nation’s ability to keep them safe. Veteran BBC journalist Katty Kay just completed a visit to... more...

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Feb 26 2014
Did you get a chance to listen to mom interviewing Chris from Zuke's?

This is Chris from Zuke's with his best friends


You should take a listen.

They have great dog treats that are healthy! And super cool news...my doggie daycare sells them.

Yup!  Dogspaw in Edmonton. Totally can't wait until my next trip there!  I'll be sniffing those out for sure.

 Zuke's started because of a dog! that's right, another dog named Zuke became the inspiration for a business (just like how I inspire mom to write books).  Not only did Zuke inspire the business and healthy treats, he also inspired a fund that helps dogs and cats with cancer.  Zuke's is saving lives.


Big bark out to Zuke's for all you do to make our world a better place

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/teamtoby/2014/02/26/zukes-fuel-the-love-keeping-staff-volunteers-engaged-at-work

To order a copy of Toby’s books, or find out more about Charmaine and Team Toby, visit his website at: www.TheOriginalTeamtoby.com 

Come and find, follow and LIKE us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalTeamToby

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamToby2

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Feb 26 2014
Did you get a chance to listen to mom interviewing Chris from Zuke's?

This is Chris from Zuke's with his best friends


You should take a listen.

They have great dog treats that are healthy! And super cool news...my doggie daycare sells them.

Yup!  Dogspaw in Edmonton. Totally can't wait until my next trip there!  I'll be sniffing those out for sure.

 Zuke's started because of a dog! that's right, another dog named Zuke became the inspiration for a business (just like how I inspire mom to write books).  Not only did Zuke inspire the business and healthy treats, he also inspired a fund that helps dogs and cats with cancer.  Zuke's is saving lives.


Big bark out to Zuke's for all you do to make our world a better place

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/teamtoby/2014/02/26/zukes-fuel-the-love-keeping-staff-volunteers-engaged-at-work

To order a copy of Toby’s books, or find out more about Charmaine and Team Toby, visit his website at: www.TheOriginalTeamtoby.com 

Come and find, follow and LIKE us on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginalTeamToby

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamToby2

Share your favorite story about how an animal taught you a life lesson...We want to hear how your pets have inspired you! more...

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Feb 26 2014
As a parent of five little kids, other parents often say to me, “I don’t know how you do it.”  First, could someone please tell me the appropriate way to respond to this comment.  I know “on psychiatric drugs,” is not the best response so I usually say, ““Ohhh, come on.  I do it the same way you do.  Kids have a remarkable way of taking up any physical and psychic space available, so we’re all swimming upstream totally exhausted and blessed.” While my closest friends and family have heard a slightly more honest response to this comment, this is verbatim what I say to people.  Until now. 


What is the point of having a unique, large family, if I cannot share the wisdom borne of my experiences as a parent?  And so I will share some of the ways that I “do it”:



I was never a girl scout, but I am a firm believer in the adage “Always be prepared.”  The lengths that we go to, to prepare for one day of our life is quite something.  During the school/work week we do everything the night before.  We make lunches and coffee and our smoothies.  I know, this is nothing special.  We also pour everyone’s cereal including a smaller bowl which holds “seconds” should anyone require them.  If I’m feeling especially panicky about the morning to come, I will place each child’s bowl at the their spot at the table along with a spoon.  Back when Z rode in the bike trailer to get to school in the winter, I would hang his snow pants on the back of his chair so that he could put them on before sitting down to breakfast.  He didn’t like this.  I think he may have cried once.  Wife told me it was excessive, but time is everything and there is no time to waste in the morning.  Besides this was nothing compared to my mother’s response to me being a slow mover.  When I was in kindergarten, in an effort to improve the speed at which I dressed for the outdoors, my mother borrowed a stop watch from the gym teacher and spent a weekend doing snowsuit dressing drills.  Now that is excessive! 




In addition to the preparation of the children’s breakfasts, we also lay out all of their outdoor clothes (jacket, hat, mitts, scarf) on the living room floor, which we now refer to as the staging area. Z just throws his jacket and stuff on the floor as soon as he comes in the house, in an effort to “help” with the night time set-up.  Unfortunately, because I’m crazy, I insist that the children hang up their belongings with their hats etc. in their coat sleeves so that I can have the satisfaction of removing everything from their hooks and laying it out on the floor myself after they go to bed.  Inefficiency at its best. 


Certain that we were not prepared enough for the morning, I recently made another modification to our night time routine.  On the odd occasion, over the past few years, we have put the kids to bed in their “tomorrow clothes”.  It was fun and cute and always because something special was going to take place the next morning.  It occurred to me that “tomorrow clothes” don’t have to be just for special occasions, they can be the norm.  From Sunday to Thursday, our children now go to sleep in their “tomorrow clothes”.  Of course there are always the minute details of a plan that need to be worked out.  You see our children bathe and get ready for bed before supper.  Before you start thinking that eating in our house totally hinges on being prepared for the activity following the meal or that meals are rewards for completing undesirable tasks like bathing and getting ready for bed or school, let me explain the very good reason why bed prep is done before dinner. 


Our kids love bath time and get unbelievably excited about all being naked together.  It occurred to us that putting the kids to sleep would be easier if they didn’t have to come down from the high of bath time, so we moved it to earlier in the evening.  Once we decided to get rid of pajamas, the kids simply put on their “tomorrow clothes” after bath.  BUT nobody wants to go to school in “tomorrow clothes” with stains from last night’s dinner, so I decided that the kids would wear their “tomorrow bottoms” and a bathrobe to dinner.  We call them dinner jackets.  




After supper we go upstairs, brush teeth, put on “tomorrow shirts” and hunker down for bedtime stories.  Obviously the Littles want in on this “tomorrow clothes” business but they still wear diapers at night so they need to be changed in the morning anyway.  No problem. We put on a diaper with “tomorrow underwear” on top so in the morning F & L can pull down their pants, half way, pull off their diaper and pull up their dry “tomorrow (now today) underwear”!  Bam!    



And that, my friends, is how it is done!  It’s true about all parents swimming upstream, but some of us have a larger school of fish to lead so we need some, outside of the box, strategies.  There are more, equally amusing, ways that we “do it”, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  How do YOU “do it”?  Let me know in the comments. 



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Feb 26 2014
As a parent of five little kids, other parents often say to me, “I don’t know how you do it.”  First, could someone please tell me the appropriate way to respond to this comment.  I know “on psychiatric drugs,” is not the best response so I usually say, ““Ohhh, come on.  I do it the same way you do.  Kids have a remarkable way of taking up any physical and psychic space available, so we’re all swimming upstream totally exhausted and blessed.” While my closest friends and family have heard a slightly more honest response to this comment, this is verbatim what I say to people.  Until now. 


What is the point of having a unique, large family, if I cannot share the wisdom borne of my experiences as a parent?  And so I will share some of the ways that I “do it”:



I was never a girl scout, but I am a firm believer in the adage “Always be prepared.”  The lengths that we go to, to prepare for one day of our life is quite something.  During the school/work week we do everything the night before.  We make lunches and coffee and our smoothies.  I know, this is nothing special.  We also pour everyone’s cereal including a smaller bowl which holds “seconds” should anyone require them.  If I’m feeling especially panicky about the morning to come, I will place each child’s bowl at the their spot at the table along with a spoon.  Back when Z rode in the bike trailer to get to school in the winter, I would hang his snow pants on the back of his chair so that he could put them on before sitting down to breakfast.  He didn’t like this.  I think he may have cried once.  Wife told me it was excessive, but time is everything and there is no time to waste in the morning.  Besides this was nothing compared to my mother’s response to me being a slow mover.  When I was in kindergarten, in an effort to improve the speed at which I dressed for the outdoors, my mother borrowed a stop watch from the gym teacher and spent a weekend doing snowsuit dressing drills.  Now that is excessive! 




In addition to the preparation of the children’s breakfasts, we also lay out all of their outdoor clothes (jacket, hat, mitts, scarf) on the living room floor, which we now refer to as the staging area. Z just throws his jacket and stuff on the floor as soon as he comes in the house, in an effort to “help” with the night time set-up.  Unfortunately, because I’m crazy, I insist that the children hang up their belongings with their hats etc. in their coat sleeves so that I can have the satisfaction of removing everything from their hooks and laying it out on the floor myself after they go to bed.  Inefficiency at its best. 


Certain that we were not prepared enough for the morning, I recently made another modification to our night time routine.  On the odd occasion, over the past few years, we have put the kids to bed in their “tomorrow clothes”.  It was fun and cute and always because something special was going to take place the next morning.  It occurred to me that “tomorrow clothes” don’t have to be just for special occasions, they can be the norm.  From Sunday to Thursday, our children now go to sleep in their “tomorrow clothes”.  Of course there are always the minute details of a plan that need to be worked out.  You see our children bathe and get ready for bed before supper.  Before you start thinking that eating in our house totally hinges on being prepared for the activity following the meal or that meals are rewards for completing undesirable tasks like bathing and getting ready for bed or school, let me explain the very good reason why bed prep is done before dinner. 


Our kids love bath time and get unbelievably excited about all being naked together.  It occurred to us that putting the kids to sleep would be easier if they didn’t have to come down from the high of bath time, so we moved it to earlier in the evening.  Once we decided to get rid of pajamas, the kids simply put on their “tomorrow clothes” after bath.  BUT nobody wants to go to school in “tomorrow clothes” with stains from last night’s dinner, so I decided that the kids would wear their “tomorrow bottoms” and a bathrobe to dinner.  We call them dinner jackets.  




After supper we go upstairs, brush teeth, put on “tomorrow shirts” and hunker down for bedtime stories.  Obviously the Littles want in on this “tomorrow clothes” business but they still wear diapers at night so they need to be changed in the morning anyway.  No problem. We put on a diaper with “tomorrow underwear” on top so in the morning F & L can pull down their pants, half way, pull off their diaper and pull up their dry “tomorrow (now today) underwear”!  Bam!    



And that, my friends, is how it is done!  It’s true about all parents swimming upstream, but some of us have a larger school of fish to lead so we need some, outside of the box, strategies.  There are more, equally amusing, ways that we “do it”, but I don’t want to overwhelm you.  How do YOU “do it”?  Let me know in the comments. 



XO Ajike



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Feb 25 2014
Kids’ books we love <> Photo 1 of 32 Noni is Nervous Written by: Heather Hartt-Sussman Illustrated by: Genevieve Cote Tundra Books, $20 Ages: 2-5 Noni has no clue what to expect at kindergarten, and her worries have her dreaming up all sorts of silly situations. Feb 20, 2014 Today’s Parent staff 1 about this gallery: Every month we... more...

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Feb 25 2014
If you spent part of your morning today “rolling up the rim to win,” you have Ron Buist to thank for the opportunity. The former marketing director for Tim Hortons for 25 years, Buist help turned a once little-known donut shop into one of Canada’s leading franchises and–of course–invented one of Canada’s most beloved contests.... more...

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Feb 25 2014
Whether you followed the Olympic coverage or not – you have to admire the commitment and… more...

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Feb 25 2014
Good news: Shopbop is having a HUGE sale from today until Thursday with the code BIGEVENT14. (I love these earrings and the shape of this top.)The pretty shoes above are these flats, sandals, wedges and heels.P.S. How sexy is this dress? more...

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Feb 25 2014
Whether you followed the Olympic coverage or not – you have to admire the commitment and focus of these athletes. I find myself so deeply inspired by their relentless pursuit of excellence. I am always moved (often to tears) when I see stories about their journey and the challenges they’ve had overcome just to make it to the […] more...

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Feb 25 2014

Belly Maternity, the first Canadian maternity collection of its kind, is designed by Dionne Klein, a ...

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Feb 25 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     Episode 17, season 2, of Extraordinary Women TV on Rogers TV Guests: author Kelley Armstrong & Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director, Toronto Humane Society TORONTO, Feb. 25, 2014 – On tonight’s show, host Shannon Skinner sits down with popular Canadian author, Kelley Armstrong, who has penned the “Otherworld” urban fantasy series, […] more...

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Feb 25 2014
“In space, you travel around the world every 90 minutes. It’s very unifying,” says Colonel Chris Hadfield. Although he orbited the Earth 16 times a day while he was commander of the International Space Station, Col. Hadfield is no stranger to the delights that travel on his own planet can bring. The UK’s Independent caught... more...

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Feb 25 2014
I have this book called “Show Me How.” Well, it actually began when I came across this book and bought it as a gift for my brother but I liked it so much that I ordered a copy for myself. … Continue reading more...

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Feb 24 2014
Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonder he was named one of Esquire’s “Best and Brightest,” alongside luminaries such as Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. Richard turned... more...

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Feb 24 2014
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Feb 24 2014

Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins Muffin Monday ; Protein Blast Greek Muffins

These muffins contained bran, protein powder, applesauce and Greek yogurt. This means they are packed with protein and make for a great snack or as a breakfast item. For an extra treat, you can add a small smear of Nutella , which is only 33 calories. Additionally, adding almonds and/or fresh berries is a good way to reinvent his recipe.

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Feb 24 2014
With the 2014 Winter Olympics officially having come to a close yesterday,what can we learn from the incredible performances of the world’s top athletes? Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under... more...

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Feb 24 2014
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Feb 24 2014
  Don’t let mindless snacking sabotage your weight loss goals! Here’s a little trick: Next time you feel like snacking, even though you’re not really hungry, brush your teeth! Think about how gross some things taste right after you’ve brushed your teeth– i.e. orange juice, YUCK! If you manage to brush your teeth right before more...

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Feb 24 2014
When I was 20 and knew nothing about customer service, I found a summer job taking reservations for Holiday Inn. I had to keep customers happy while learning a computerized system called Holidex--so vast and powerful, only armies had anything to rival... more...

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Feb 22 2014
Love is three things: acceptance, understanding and tolerance of who your partner is. During my couple’s counselling sessions, often one partner complains about the other. Most often, the partner who complains tries to turn the other into a reflection of … Continue reading more...

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Feb 21 2014
It's that time again - Spring Break. My kids are off next week, and whenever they are, my gift to them is to take a blogging hiatus and lighten the load. more...

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Feb 21 2014
Tagged: art, Ben Arment, Facebook, Family Day, Food, Jeremy Lin, Linsanity, NBA, Photo journal, Photos, WhatsApp more...

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Feb 21 2014

These days everyone talks about having a platform.  What’s your platform?   I have to say I’ve been struggling with mine.


One friend suggested I think about what people most thank me for which did help narrow it down… a bit.  Usually I get thanked for the introductions I have helped people make, the connections established or just for what I offer at Company of Women and sometimes the support and encouragement I have given a would-be entrepreneur.


“Networking” was the conclusion at the end of this conversation, but you know, that just didn’t sit with me.  Partly because unfortunately networking still has a negative connotation and is frequently done badly.  Did I really want to be associated with this?  I don’t think so.


I needed to spend more time noodling that one.  Then I realized what I do, and what I have been doing all my career – is build community – be it mothers, teen mothers, abused women or entrepreneurs.  That’s my platform, community builder.


Or so I thought.  It is strange how the universe will provide the answers, if you are willing to listen and are alert to the messages.  In an interesting conversation with a woman from Atlanta, we started to talk about net-weaving, a word that really resonated with me.


In fact, when I first started Company of Women eleven years ago, I intentionally used tapestries in my business card, on the website and our promotional material.  I felt it symbolized what I wanted Company of Women to be – the intertwined threads making a beautiful fabric, representing how when we weave our threads together, we make a much stronger fabric.   Even our newsletter was called Tapestries, with the tagline of weaving wisdom and warmth into the lives of women…


Now I know some of you may be thinking P U L E E Z E – shoot me now, but you know what it worked back then and I still think it works now. Everyone wants to belong to something greater than themselves.


Now after a few years we got rid of the tapestries, albeit gradually, and probably not fast enough for my webmasters who I suspect thought it was, correction I was, over the top.


Reflecting back on all this, made me remember that just prior to starting Company of Women I was in California where I found and bought a pin and poem called the Weaver Woman. At the time I thought it was a good omen, given the journey I was about to embark on.


Despite our recent move, I was able to find it – no mean feat I tell you, but suddenly I feel I have come home. Isn’t it strange how we think we have moved on, evolved and yet in my case gone full circle back to who I was meant to be, and probably always have been, but I just didn’t know it. 


Here is the poem.  What do you think – does it resonate with you?


Weaver Woman


Wise weaver woman weaves, the fabric of life

A thread for each creature, a thread for each plant

A thread for the elements, that enliven the dance

A thread for spirit, a thread for sharing

A thread for balance, a thread for caring.


Cycles shape the pattern from death to rebirth

She is weaving a fabric of life for Earth

So precious – so fragile – so easily torn

So connected is all of life, all belong.

Let us help her to weave it, not tear it apart

With our choices, our voices, our actions, our heart.


Lela Florel



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Feb 21 2014

These days everyone talks about having a platform.  What’s your platform?   I have to say I’ve been struggling with mine.


One friend suggested I think about what people most thank me for which did help narrow it down… a bit.  Usually I get thanked for the introductions I have helped people make, the connections established or just for what I offer at Company of Women and sometimes the support and encouragement I have given a would-be entrepreneur.


“Networking” was the conclusion at the end of this conversation, but you know, that just didn’t sit with me.  Partly because unfortunately networking still has a negative connotation and is frequently done badly.  Did I really want to be associated with this?  I don’t think so.


I needed to spend more time noodling that one.  Then I realized what I do, and what I have been doing all my career – is build community – be it mothers, teen mothers, abused women or entrepreneurs.  That’s my platform, community builder.


Or so I thought.  It is strange how the universe will provide the answers, if you are willing to listen and are alert to the messages.  In an interesting conversation with a woman from Atlanta, we started to talk about net-weaving, a word that really resonated with me.


In fact, when I first started Company of Women eleven years ago, I intentionally used tapestries in my business card, on the website and our promotional material.  I felt it symbolized what I wanted Company of Women to be – the intertwined threads making a beautiful fabric, representing how when we weave our threads together, we make a much stronger fabric.   Even our newsletter was called Tapestries, with the tagline of weaving wisdom and warmth into the lives of women…


Now I know some of you may be thinking P U L E E Z E – shoot me now, but you know what it worked back then and I still think it works now. Everyone wants to belong to something greater than themselves.


Now after a few years we got rid of the tapestries, albeit gradually, and probably not fast enough for my webmasters who I suspect thought it was, correction I was, over the top.


Reflecting back on all this, made me remember that just prior to starting Company of Women I was in California where I found and bought a pin and poem called the Weaver Woman. At the time I thought it was a good omen, given the journey I was about to embark on.


Despite our recent move, I was able to find it – no mean feat I tell you, but suddenly I feel I have come home. Isn’t it strange how we think we have moved on, evolved and yet in my case gone full circle back to who I was meant to be, and probably always have been, but I just didn’t know it. 


Here is the poem.  What do you think – does it resonate with you?


Weaver Woman


Wise weaver woman weaves, the fabric of life

A thread for each creature, a thread for each plant

A thread for the elements, that enliven the dance

A thread for spirit, a thread for sharing

A thread for balance, a thread for caring.


Cycles shape the pattern from death to rebirth

She is weaving a fabric of life for Earth

So precious – so fragile – so easily torn

So connected is all of life, all belong.

Let us help her to weave it, not tear it apart

With our choices, our voices, our actions, our heart.


Lela Florel



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Feb 21 2014

938cauliflower 300x240 Cauliflower and Fatty Friday!
There are many benefits to eating both raw and cooked cauliflower. One of the first benefits is the ability to cauliflower has two lower cholesterol levels. Cauliflower is rich in fiber which is why it benefits cholesterol in a positive way.

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