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The life changing aspect of Entrepreneurship for Indigenous Women,

When I reflect upon entrepreneurship and being an Indigenous woman, I can agree, it was a  game changer, for me. When we put our minds and our hearts together, to take those risks, do the things we love, and apply our skills. Removing the blocks, the barriers. This could apply to any of us. We all have mindset work. We all have individual areas we need to work on.

Removing barriers, the messaging that no longer serves us

The stories we have been told that are simply not true:

“your too old” to “we are all in our own time”

“your too broke” to “I am valuable”

“your too distracted” to “I am multi talented”

“you are not that type” to “I bring my own skill set”

“there is no funding” to “what is my true worth”

“you should be doing xxxx because everyone else is doing xxxx” to “this is how I roll”

“your not supposed to be an entrepreneur” to “I come from a long line of creative entrepreneurs”

“why don’t you get a real job” to “work is so many things”

Raising your vibe though entrepreneurship

Raising your vibe, and energy is necessary.

Knowing where you are aligned is much like going to places that support you, and your vision.  When I began to research my own business, not only did I have to search out people and mentors in my field, I deliberately sought out mentors. Sometimes this mean calling them, contacting them, finding them on Linked In, Facebook and other social media. I also lifted myself out of the parameters of the geography of where I lived. One of the best things I did was volunteer to present at a conference, and in exchange for my presentation, I received air fare and a hotel. I offered to also volunteer at the conference.

Going where your vibe is

Places can suck your energy, especially sometimes depending on what kind of person you are.

Knowing what you like? Being where you like to be. Taking comfort in knowing where you are has what you need.  Raising your belief, and your deeper sense of self, because it comes from that creative and feel good place, is honouring that place within you. For me being an entrepreneur and building that mindset meant I was able to receive. When I offered my skills and advices, it became a good relationship. Being an entrepreneur is about so many areas, and the multi layered experiences within, make it a place to really allow that creativity to shine through.

Stories

We’ve heard the stories: the entrepreneur who travelled across the country with one hundred dollars in spending money and a paid room. She wowed the audience. She made that connection. She came back to not only one, but two contracts awarded to her, enough to live off for a half of the year.

Why did this happen? The answer is simple: alignment and being true to what she could offer. Being true to what you have to give is why you attract the clients, and those who are interested in your work. Because you are being true to what and who you are. I can say that doing what you love, will attract more love, because that is the reciprocal nature of success.

Ideas on entrepreneurship

Everyone has their own ideas on what entrepreneurship means.

Because I am an Indigenous woman, and have had my own set of barriers: lack of access to funds, lack of access to culturally supportive mentoring. I realised that I had to unstuck myself.

I had to find out what my gold was. Not defining success by monetary values was an important aspect for me. Though knowing I’d need money to finance what I wanted to build.

I don’t claim to even truly know this, but I think what it means, is knowing what you feel is important and valuable. Perhaps the belief in self is the first step.

I knew when I faced unemployment, entrepreneurship was my much needed location, and go to place. I also knew it felt mysterious, overwhelming and at times, cool, and chic, but without a foundation, this would not work.

Knowing what was successful and tangible for me, was what I had to figure out. I am still ironing out what and how that looks. For example, what products can I offer: I often think writing a book would be a starting place. I have other areas I’d love to expand upon. Finding the time to do and design that is definitely on my list of things to do. Which means: time management, visioning and prep time, are very important here to mention as well.

As much as Indigenous women seem to be in the news, for the negative outcomes that we face, that burden our everyday lives, and that many of us deal with day to day.  I knew entrepreneurship and the building of my business, was a place for me to unshackle from those low vibes, a place for me to go. A creative safe space. Knowing what worked for me. For my family. For my life situation. Following my heart. Belief in my self. Lifting above the crushing lateral violence. The “I am not good enough” messages.

Ms. Audette writes in a 2012 article:

“The women entrepreneurs we see have more self-esteem. They are using their businesses to provide a healthy life for their families — and that is so much more than just a successful business. It helps keep families together, to provide an environment for their children to get an education, adds so much to the quality of life of aboriginal families.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indigenous Land Based Program in Northern Ontario, wonderful!!!

 

I attended this high school, so its incredibly great to see this addition to their program. Way to go!!!

“I think one of my main goals is to get these kids as much certifications and knowledge as they can, to those sort of outdoor industries. If they take advantage of that, awesome, and if they don’t take advantage of it, it doesn’t hurt anyone to have their chainsaw awareness living up here in Northern Ontario.”

 

I’d like to add in, learning outdoors and on the Land is also about a feeling, a place, of connecting. Being immersed into the spaces for all that they teach us. Being intuitive on the Land. Writing poetry even, singing, connecting can take place in so many ways.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/marathon-high-school-indigenous-course-1.4902694?fbclid=IwAR0B9Cy_YgaYs2kDwqkU6fvRnvIulBd9L8XRUVQKqLCL3elw1YJ119m3U5w

 

 

Using Instagram

See this Forbes article which features Celinne Da Costa is an international life design and story coach story on how she used Instagram to grow her business.

Da Costa writes:

I started to take my Instagram account seriously in the beginning of 2016, after I realized that people were making money from it. I developed a content strategy and began carefully curating my content, trading in the selfies and oversimplified emoji captions for highly visual and professional images that involved travel, lifestyle, and design, as well as captions that focused on storytelling. Visual cohesion and a compelling tone of voice are extremely important when it comes to creating a successful Instagram account.
I built my personal brand by positioning myself as a marketing and brand strategist, photographer, and graphic designer. As my Instagram grew, I began to get inquiries via email and Direct Message from companies who found me through the platform or my blog and were interested in my work. Clients also found me through my use of hashtags, geotags, user recommendations, the Explore page, comments on similar user’s pages, and interaction with their content.

 

Thinking of your platform or purpose in Online Entrepreneurship

https___blogs-images.forbes.com_celinnedacosta_files_2018_09_DSC07405-3-1200x800In the month of July I had the opportunity to work with Paul Thomson who taught me about online courses and helped me in building a theme or area that would suit the work I do. This does not have to be hard. This should be in an area you feel strong or confident in.

He writes about what drove his purpose, and desire to teach in different platforms such as online and technology,

 During these years, I was a passionate advocate of integrating technology into the classroom. The education system felt outdated, with teachers writing notes on the board and making students copy them down into their books. I was focused on helping my fellow teachers create educational experiences in a scalable format, and did so by speaking at events, writing education tech articles, and becoming one of Microsoft’s Innovative Educators. By facilitating the work of other teachers, I was able to improve the educational experience for more students.

Take a look at his story and how he moved ahead to become a huge support in the online entrepreneur community, and his story of success which gives pointers, and suggestions in going forward and moving your work in the area of online entrepreneurship.

The reason I am primarily interested in the work here which Paul speaks about, is the many opportunities that can exist in platforms that have been shunned by the mainstream as viable options for those who may be balancing many things on their plate.  It is actually quite amazing the amount of negativity which social media does receive and online learning though, when you think about the simplicity of online platforms for learning, there are ways to create a personal tone online, if that is a criticism against learning online. Being online is another method, and another option. Additionally, there are many reasons why online entrepreneurship can support your lifestyle, and where you need or want to be.

Please share this article and check out Paul here for his Facebook group.

Indigenous Youth, Land & Art

I came across this interview which describes first hand how youth from the Thunder Bay area were involved in a residency program through the Thunder Bay Art Gallery involving art and Land Connection. Through expression. Through renewal. Though art making. Through shared moments and experiences. Space to talk, etc. I think what is important is making the space, and giving opportunity to express, with historical contexts,

beSuperior offers their first Online Course

This four week online course will take place on a Facebook Group called Courageously Resilient which is about understanding resiliency, and why it is important.

Being resilient and learning about vulnerability as a source of strength as it comes from your most authentic self.

What and how to become aligned & stay aligned, Self Care & Land Connection.

This is beneficial for entrepreneurs, leaders, and learners of all kinds.

This mastermind will include pdf worksheets for participants, reflective journalling prompts and a place to a zoom session for one hour for each Module. One on one through facebook messanger for the duration of this program upon scheduled request.

We will also meet up on scheduled dates on Zoom.

This online course is developed to reach an online audience to reach as many people as possible in a safe repective manner.

Here is the link: Courageously, Resilient

Using Pinterest To Design things

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I have lived near the Lake for most of my life and been drawn to its beauty. One day I went for a walk with my family and found sea glass in the jewel theme colours of lavender, pinks, clear, green, then imagine sand and turquoise themes, hence colours of the water and land near a beach. There are many ways you can go with this them.

On Pinterest, you would Create a Board. Match up colour themes to that main picture you have chosen as your guiding colour theme.

So I came up with: THIS

Planning for your future


Living in the past is so not a good way to be. Many of us can get stuck in the past. I know that I have lived in the past ALOT. Dreaming about other places. Better places. Getting stuck in your head is not a good thing but maybe a way to sort out being unstuck.

When I plan for my future, I honour my choices. I honour my ability to CHOOSE where I want to be.

  • I can make that shift to be a better more focussed person.
  • I can implement simple change into my life, even MOFO baby steps help one to get unstuck.

We all have a WHY? A why and an ability to figure out what that WHY means and is.  John Maxwell writes in Intentional Living, about the great WHY? His first question is, What makes you cry.  What deeply disturbs you?  What causes you discomfort?

Maxwell adds is Question 2: What do you sing about? What makes you joyous? What brings your heart content?  Giving yourself time and space to feel joy, is necessary. One of my joys i love metaphysics, and the universe. I am also inspired by pop culture. I love music.  What do you sing about? Are you a wonderer, or a wanderer. What is it you are looking for?  Maybe you are a deep girl, seek truths and simply, want to know.  Knowing what you sing about is part of figuring out how to lay down your now.

Question 3: What do you dream about? Living a life that matters is perhaps one of the greatest goals. Question like “What skills do I have to help others?”, What does my soul crave”, “How can your unique worldview and spark, inspire, help, build?”

Possible ways to help you in your journey:

How can I express my answers in a peaceful and joyful way?

How do I also inspire others?

What and where can I make these shifts in my life?

Where is my tribe, my team, my alliance?

When I feel it in my heart, where is this place?

Describe the place, and be in the places that serve you to know that higher purpose. 

As for the future, laying out the straight up questions first, than make an effort to stay informed on your area, and field. Build a platform, or portfolio. Place yourself where your heart wants to be.  

The best thing about planning for your future, is choice. The choice is yours alone, for up levelling, upshifting and being there.  

Showing up is the first step.