September 2017

Sep 30 2017
Event: 2017 Induction Gala Date and Time: October 2nd, 2017 5:30 PM Location: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto What To Wear RfR Model wearing the Monique Lhuillier Hunter Green Lace Cock... more...

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Sep 29 2017
Here’s what caught our eye this week: UBS weighs in on Toronto’s housing bubble debate Global financial services company UBS released its Global Real Estate Bubble Index this week, and Toronto topped its list as the ... Read More more...

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Sep 29 2017

This is what I received when I was diagnosed with West Nile Virus on September 1st, 2017! The Public Health Nurse told me I was the second known case in the City of Toronto. I asked her if that meant I won a prize. She laughed and said no, but the upside is that once […]

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Sep 29 2017
Japan: a pleasant cultural discovery. My evening at the ROM. more...

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Sep 29 2017
The new iPhone X will be available for pre-order late next month. But it’s expensive and there are many things you can do instead of buying Apple’s latest gadget. To buy the iPhone X outright will ... Read More more...

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Sep 28 2017

Toronto fall. The air is cooler, the days are shorter and fall is definitely here. Don’t miss out seeing the beautiful colours as the leaves change even if you can’t get out of the city. Best seen in September and October, the city has a spot for everyone to see some fall foliage. High Park […]

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Sep 28 2017
Picking investments can bring up a lot of emotions. It can be fun and exhilarating, it can be tedious and stressful, or it can be downright boring. But to meet your financial goals, you’ll need to ... Read More more...

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Sep 27 2017
I recently had a mom email me because she was worried that her baby wasn’t signing back. In this video I talk about what to do if your baby isn’t signing back to you. If you have any questions for me please feel free to email me or post it in the comment section. Check(...) more...

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Sep 26 2017
Can We Chat Over Coffee? The Answer is YES! As I shared two weeks ago on Instagram, I decided I wanted to give back to my Montreal community, so please mark your calendar for in 48 hours: Thursday, September 28th, 8:30am - 10:30am The Standard Cafe 5135 Rue Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC, H4A 3M6. more...

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Sep 26 2017
TFSAs are continuing to grow in popularity. The latest statistics from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) show there were more than 11.7 million TFSA holders in 2014—a 143% increase from 2009, the year they were introduced. ... Read More more...

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Sep 26 2017

Are you a free range parent or a helicopter parent or somewhere in between? No matter where you fall, we ALL want to raise confident, independent kids (right?). Here are some ways to nurture these important qualities. How to raise independent kids As a parent, use your best judgement. Every child is different. Studies show […]

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Sep 25 2017
Every September, the Valais region of Switzerland holds a wine festival, Marche des Cépages, a celebration of Swiss wine, food and folklore. more...

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Sep 25 2017
In a recent post, we looked at just how unaffordable some parts of the country have become. However, if you have your heart set on owning property, we’ve done some analysis on which everyday luxuries you ... Read More more...

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Sep 23 2017
“I can’t thank Camille from the Ottawa showroom enough for helping me find this beautiful David Meister gown for a formal wedding I attended at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The dress was absolutely perfect for the event and I felt wonderful in it. Thanks again!” – Nicole Our Customer Of The Week Nicole stunned in this red-hot, Garnet Halter Sequin Gown by David Meister, that she wore to a black-tie wedding […] more...

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Sep 23 2017
Event: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Prairies Gala Date and Time: Tuesday, October 19th, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Telus Convention Centre, North Building, Calgary What To Wear RfR Model... more...

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Sep 22 2017
Event: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Pacific Gala Date and Time: Friday, September 29th, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building What To Wear RfR Model weari... more...

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Sep 22 2017
Event: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Pacific Gala Date and Time: Friday, September 29th, 2017 5:30 PM EDT Location: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building What To Wear RfR Model weari... more...

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Sep 22 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: House flippers outpace foreign buyers in Toronto According to Canadian housing website Better Dwelling, house flippers are now responsible for more sales than foreign ... Read More more...

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Sep 22 2017
Until he got the call, Isaac didn’t think much about identity theft. The married Toronto father of two keeps on top of his family’s finances and expenses, doesn’t carry credit card debt, and uses strong passwords ... Read More more...

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Sep 21 2017
Fifteen years ago I started Company of Women.  It was supposed to be a sideline to my consulting practice, something I did that was really for me, rather than a whole separate business.   

You see I found working at home isolating and I suspected that other women likely felt the same way and to be honest I just wanted to meet some like-minded women and perhaps make a few friends!  It wasn’t that altruistic at all.

Little did I know that 165 women would show up to my first event, that two years down the road, I would close the doors on my consulting practice, Community Connections, or that 15 years later, I would still be running Company of Women.  Perhaps it is as well, as if I’d known I was in for the long haul, it wouldn’t have been as much fun.

Now it hasn’t always been fun and I’ve learned and grown a lot since 2003 when we started out.  Here ‘s what I have learned.

People

1.              Surround yourself with people who believe in you.  We all need cheerleaders on our side who are there when we succeed and when we fail.

2.              Let go of the naysayers, the negative nellies or those who just want to “use” you.  They drain your energy and take you away from what you want to achieve.

3.              You won’t please everyone.  As women, we tend to be pleasers, but it is impossible to keep everyone happy. There will always be someone who complains. Don’t take it personally.

4.              Not everyone is going to like you.  This was a tough one to learn but it is a reality.   Develop a thick skin and keep believing in yourself.

5.              Take the high road. Don’t get drawn into battle when someone bad mouths you. You and your “people” know what is true.  Look at the source and let it go.

Business

6.              Be clear on who you are trying to reach.  When you can visualize your target audience, who they are, what they do and what they want, it becomes much easier to recruit and attract them to your business.

7.              Do your homework.   (Disclaimer - this was before social media)- but we once we spent thousands advertising in a publication that wasn’t read by our target audience.  

8.              Be nimble and fluid.  Don’t get locked into how you want your business to unfold and what you have to offer, as you could miss out on some great opportunities.

9.              Nothing is carved in stone.  If something isn’t working for you, change it.
Early on I learned that having membership run for a calendar year was disastrous cash flow wise. So we switched it up year two.

10.          Stay current.  Pay attention to the trends.   

11.          Change things up. Just because something worked in the past, doesn’t mean that it always will.  Be prepared to change your mind.

12.          Listen.  Ask your customers/clients what they want or need and deliver. It’s not about what you think they need.  After all, you could be wrong.

13.          Do the math.  Be sure you know how much it costs you to deliver a program, product or service.  Be ready to change the price if it is not working out for you financially.

14.          Delegate.  Build a team of people who can help you realize your dream. You don’t have to be the expert or do everything in your business.

15.          Revisit your vision.  On a regular basis, at least annually, check in on your vision for your business.  Are you on track? Are your end goals the same or do you need to change them?  Involve your team to make sure you are all on the same page.

Last but not least - You

16.          Learn to celebrate.  Too often we focus on what went wrong.  Instead,  spend time congratulating yourself on what you have achieved.

17.          Mistakes are lessons you needed to learn.  We can all too easily beat ourselves up on our mistakes.  Instead, ask yourself what you would do differently next time? And then move on.

18.          Trust your gut.  If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Pay attention.

19.          Be authentic.  When you connect with people, be who you are. Don’t try to be who you are not, play a role or be sales driven.  Be sincere.

20.          Take a break.  Don’t let your business become all-consuming. There is a life outside of work.  Take time to enjoy it.

When I started writing this blog, I was initially aiming for 15 pointers – one for each year, and I wasn’t sure I could come up with fifteen.  Guess I could.   And more.


  
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Sep 21 2017
Isn’t it too soon? Didn’t we just spend the entire summer complaining that we weren’t ready for back-to-school commercials? Can’t we just wait until the holiday season is behind us? Why do we have to talk ... Read More more...

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Sep 20 2017

Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Deborah Kimmett Stars In This Part Stand-Up, Part Eulogy, All-Out Funny One-Woman Tour De Force… (TORONTO -PICTON Heralded Comedian and storyteller Deborah Kimmett (The Debaters, DNTO, The Second City) brings her poignant, uplifting, and hilarious one-person show The Year Of The Suddenly to The Second City’s John Candy Read the full article...

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Sep 20 2017
A lot of people under estimate how difficult it can be to start dating after divorce, when you have children. You’re likely going to be dating somebody who has kids, as well, which means you’ll have to work around more … Continue reading more...

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Sep 20 2017
Ever wonder which hand you should sign with? This video will give you the answer! more...

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Sep 20 2017
There are many different types of credit cards for the average Canadian consumer to choose from. From low-interest credit cards and travel rewards to cash-back credit cards, there truly is a best credit card for everyone ... Read More more...

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Sep 19 2017
Event: Candlelight Ball Gala Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2017 Location: Burlington Convention Centre What To Wear RfR Model wearing Galaxy Sleeveless High-Low Gown It is one ... more...

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Sep 19 2017
Event: One Enchanted Evening: The Great Gatsby Gala Date and Time: October 21st, 2017 6:00 PM Location:NAV Centre, Cornwall What To Wear Enjoy a night of 1920’s glamour ... more...

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Sep 19 2017
Event: Spark Soirée Date and Time: Saturday, October 21st, 2017 6:00 PM Location: Infinity Centre What To Wear RfR Model Wearing Black with Pink Floral Mesh Overlay Sleeveless V-Neck Cockta... more...

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Sep 19 2017
Event: Westboro FUSE Fashion Date and Time: Saturday, September 23nd, 2017 7:00 PM Location: QWest, 88 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, K1Z 6V9 What To Wear RfR Model Wearing David Meister Splash Floral... more...

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Sep 19 2017
Event: Westboro FUSE Fashion Date and Time: Saturday, September 23nd, 2017 7:00 PM Location: QWest, 88 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, K1Z 6V9 What To Wear RfR Model Wearing David Meister Splash Floral... more...

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Sep 19 2017
Has this ever happened to you? I know it’s happened to me a bunch of… more...

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Sep 19 2017
Everyone needs to be challenged once in a while, especially when it comes to their personal finances. If you find yourself running out of money at the end of the month or notice you’re spending too ... Read More more...

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Sep 19 2017

via GIPHY Homework assignments, extracurricular activities, meal prep, and bedtime routines – the four key ingredients for stressful school nights as parents. Navigating through the hustle-and-bustle of back-to-school routines can be a hair-pulling experience for parents as they try to juggle too many family responsibilities, and moving through the motions without a plan is a […]

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Sep 18 2017
Switzerland offers a unique hotel and thermal park for visitors interested in wellness travel. more...

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Sep 18 2017
Getting a mortgage may seem like a difficult process. But with a mortgage broker, it’s much easier. If you’re looking for a Toronto mortgage broker, Robert De Benedictis is someone you can contact. He’s worked at ... Read More more...

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Sep 17 2017
We were recently featured in The Kit‘s article on how to live it up at tiff like the celebs do. Click here to read the full article. more...

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Sep 16 2017
“RfR has made dress shopping fun again! Their stylists take all the stress out of finding a great dress. In one hour, I can get everything I need for an event, plus styling tips. It’s fantastic!” Our Customer Of The Week Adrienne looked amazing at a wedding she attended this summer in our 50’s-inspired feminine frock by Kay Unger. We love how she played up her look with brightly coloured accessories paired […] more...

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Sep 16 2017
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Sep 15 2017
Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this week: OREA outrage over OSFI changes The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) voiced their objections this week over changes to mortgage qualification rules currently under ... Read More more...

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Sep 15 2017
It’s annoying if you forget to take out the recycling or pick up bread during your supermarket run, but you can always make an extra grocery trip or write a to-do list for next week. There ... Read More more...

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Sep 14 2017
So, this came up in my Facebook memories yesterday. My second blog post ever. Feeling all sentimental this week since it was our 8th blogiversary on Monday, so I thought I'd do a little #ThrowbackThursday in honor of anniversary week. Wow, how times have changed (like the weight gain since this post), and yet still remain the same! Enjoy blog post #2 - exactly eight years later. more...

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Sep 14 2017
Using rewards credit cards can be a great way to maximize your spending habits and earn money on purchases you’re already making. But depending on the credit card you choose, the amount of time it takes ... Read More more...

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Sep 14 2017

Starting preschool is a big step, and it can be a little scary for everyone, kids and parents alike. You may find yourself wondering whether your child is really ready, how they’ll get along with their teachers and classmates, how they’ll handle it when you leave them, and how easily they’ll adjust to the routines […]

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Sep 13 2017

When you first start your business it is such a leap of faith, and you have such wild and wonderful dreams of how it will be.


The reality however often proves to be very different.  Sometimes the business takes off with great zest, only to wind or slow down at a later date. And for others it is more a timid start, picking up as you learn and grow.


The challenge with any business is you just never know.  Popular one minute, struggling the next.  Any one of us could find ourselves in this predicament. 


I started to think about this because several women I know have had to go back to working for someone else because their businesses were just not bringing in enough money to make it work for the family.


That’s so tough, and what a difficult decision to have to make.  Yet, it is what it is. When you have to keep a roof over your head, food on the table then you have to do what you don’t want to do.  You could say that you have to put on your big girl pants and get on with it.


That doesn’t mean it is easy.  It doesn’t mean that you may feel like a failure. And it doesn’t mean that you don’t second-guess yourself as to whether you are making the right decision.


You probably are.   For now. 


But here are some thoughts that may make it more bearable:


1.              You are brave. You took a risk and learned from it.

2.              Make the most of your time back in the workplace.

3.              You can be intrapreneurial in the workplace too.  Don’t lose your entrepreneurial skills, just use them differently.

4.              Learn new skills when you are there, ones that you could use if you return to your business.

5.              Make new contacts, you may meet some people who can help you down the road.

6.              Enjoy the steady paycheque. (Many of us envy you that)

7.              Sometimes taking a break and stepping back from your business, gives you fresh insights, so next time you know what you need to do.



And keep in touch.  We want to hear how you are doing.

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