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Women are disproportionately hit by the economic burden of this pandemic. We’re in industries most impacted — healthcare, food service, and hospitality. We’re most likely bearing the childcare burden with daycares and schools closed.
As chaos hits, we are making-it-work everywhere — at home, in our business, in our life. We get shit done. We stay focused and organized on the priorities at hand. It’s a good strategy for pushing through, but a terrible one for burnout, creativity and innovation.
The problem with the get-shit-done strategy is that we’re in the middle of a huge transition. We’re being asked to pivot our businesses, our home life, our way of living in order to avoid getting sick and spreading COVID-19. This mega-transitional moment requires accessing our ability to be spacious and creative — to respond to uncertainty with possibility, and be open to a new way of living out our vision.
This inner-vision is usually wiser, more thoughtful, and more innovative than our make-it-work-self. But, it is also harder to access. It requires more deliberate space. It requires pausing, slowing down, and listening. So, here’s an exercise for accessing your inner wisdom to help you navigate turbulent times with wisdom and direction.
(As a side note, sometimes this exercise makes the voice in our head a little louder. So, if your head is saying things like “that won’t work” or “I don’t have time for this exercise,” then that’s okay. Kindly acknowledge it, like you would an old friend, and give it a concrete but imaginary task, like reorganizing your Google Drive.)
Now, here’s the exercise:
Pause. Take a deep breath. Feel your feet in your shoes. Feel your body, strong and capable. Remember when you started your business. Sink into the version of you that had a vision, an idea, a spark.
Write it down. Draw it. Tell a friend. Text it to me. Tell your coach. Sink into your answers.
Chances are this version of yourself reminds you of your brave and capable power, your infinite brilliance. Sit with this feeling for as long as you can.
When we act from this open, spacious, purpose-filled place, we’re more likely to make better choices for ourselves and our company. We’re more likely to be strategic, smart, and aligned with our long-term vision, instead of our short-term fear. We’re more likely to be creative, innovative and purposeful in our next steps.
You are filled with wisdom. Reclaim it.
Beth Pellettieri of b.p. coaching helps clients who feel lost, overwhelmed, and confused navigate roadblocks, so they can feel aligned, clear, and purposeful. Before becoming a coach, Beth worked in nonprofits for almost 15 years. She managed large projects, raised lots of money, and led communications campaigns. But, secretly, her favorite things were solving problems, taking strategic action, and supporting people through life's transitions. Now, she just does her favorite things.
Hi! I’m Jen Belanger, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and food-a-holic. Many people aren’t sure what an RD is or what we do. A couple of my favorite cringe worthy job descriptions are “the food police” and “the menu maker.” RDs have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4 year university, though many of us have Master’s degrees. We then complete a 1,200 hour internship where we hone in on our skills in clinical, community, and foodservice areas of nutrition. We must past a national board exam before we can use the highly coveted “RD” credential after our name, and finally, we must complete continuing education credits every 2 years at minimum, just like doctors and teachers! RDs wear many hats and there are countless job avenues. For me, I’ve found that running my private nutrition therapy practice is my love and passion. My focus is on pediatric nutrition and family nutrition. I’m also very into maternal and pre-natal nutrition; we can’t raise healthy children unless we are healthy ourselves, right ladies!? I offer 1:1 nutrition counseling and group education, participate in various consulting projects, and am active on my social media accounts where I post recipes, videos, and ideas you can easily implement into your everyday life! During the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders, I am encouraging all of my families and followers to use this time to work on their nutrition. I chatted with Meghan on Chikchat about how parents and families struggle to find the time to work on their nutrition in the context of their busy, normal lives. Well, right now I think it’s safe to say that we have nothing BUT time! Dust off those cookbooks and try a new recipe! Involve your kids in this process; research shows that when kids are more involved in their food preparation, they are more likely to try the new food. If we can build healthier habits now, when we do have time, we’re much more likely to stick to these habits once we hit the ground running after quarantine ends. If you need professional help with your family’s nutrition, seek out an RD! Many of us in private practice, myself included, are offering virtual consults right now so you don’t even have to leave home! If you’d like to get in touch with me or see what I’m up to in my practice, be sure to follow my Facebook page Jennifer Belanger, RD; my Instagram account @jenniferbelanger_rd, or email me at JenTheRD@gmail.com.
Hello ladies, I recently started The Hero Project, a pay it forward fundraiser to provide Beauty Batlle Lounge complementary self care services to our medical professionals and first responders once this craziness is over. More details can be found here.
So far, the program has already attracted the attention of local media, including Business West Magazine. We I have teamed up with a Chikmedia as a PR firm to gain additional exposure.
Along with raising funds, I wanted to offer this an opportunity to collaborate with other small businesses. I would love for your business to put together a promotion featuring THP, while offering a donation from the proceeds toward the project. For example, Contribution Clothing recently launched the Hero Angel necklace in which a percentage of the proceeds go back to THP. We promote it on our end as well, of course.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating and we can set up a time to discuss. Our goal is to not only take care of our essential personnel, but also to help small businesses collaborate and thrive.
-Ashely Batlle, CEO
Meghan Rothschild joins the team on The Rhode Show to chat about all her tips for recent college graduates as they prepare for job hunting. Check out the clip below.
Dress for Success of Western Massachusetts empowers women to achieve economic independence and thrive in work and life. Beyond the well-known suiting program, Foot in the Door helps them find and maintain full-time work, the Margeret Fitzgerald Mentor Program provides one-on-one guidance and the Professional Women’s Group offers support, inspiration and tools to advance in career and life.
Tracy Thompson Viola, owner of Thompson Real Estate Group, Inc. in Springfield, has taken advantage of all of these programs, beginning just as she was launching her own business. “Starting a business is so hard,” she says. “Dress for Success surrounded me with the big support system that I didn’t have. They wanted me to succeed.” Program by program, Tracy honed job skills, learned about managing finances, and gained confidence.
These tools and a strong support system have been more important than ever, as Thompson Real Estate Group has had to face the uncertainties of Covid-19. But, fortified by over twenty years of experience and the knowledge of how proud Dress for Success is of her accomplishments, Tracy has worked to meet new challenges head on. She has added a commercial division, begun promoting off market properties and established the unique ability to do the entire process safely online using 360-degree 3D tours. She has also, through a business called BRX360, branched out into professional real estate photography, making use of the best equipment in the industry.
As with other women they serve, Dress for Success is working to help Tracy gain the tools she needs to navigate Covid-19, while encouraging her independent innovation. Getting slightly emotional, she says, “I’m so proud to be a part of an organization that is so happy to help and accommodating. You don’t find that a lot.”
Dress for Success Program Information:
Thompson Real Estate Group, Inc.
Meghan Rothschild chats with Patrick Berry of Mass Appeal about blogs and how you can leverage them.
Meghan Rothschild joins Alanna Flood of Mass Appeal to chat social media best practices for recent college graduates as they prepare for job hunting.
Donna Versatile or Versatile Woman in Italian is 100% inspired by the Proverbs 31 woman. The one who does not give up, who multiplies her resources and does not neglect herself. The business is composed of an online boutique and blog who seeks to inspire women to be the best version of themselves in everything they do and to display it even through the way they dress.
The boutique carries accessories and clothing pieces for all body types, sizes run from S to 3XL. There are new arrivals every week for every taste and style, because personal style goes with every woman everywhere they go and with everything they do. During these trial times, it is important that even at home one can feel beautiful, equipped and in charge for the day. Just an outfit can make you feel accomplish. Because of the shift in the way business is been done, we will be carrying loungewear pieces as well. For every woman who wears it to be comfortable, without compromising chicness. We will keep carrying more dressy pieces as well, because dressing up is something that can still be done during special occasions at home and obviously when everything goes back to normal. Our content is offered through photo shots and short videos to offer different ideas, fitting details and fashion inspiration. We are also offering free shipping while this situation lasts, so everybody can get their pieces and save money at the same time. They can also feel free to subscribe to the website in order to receive 15% of one item the first time they order with us using code "Welcome".
Facebook: Donna Versatile or @versatiledonna
-Iris Rosario, Owner of Donna Versatile
Meghan joins WWLP's Mass Appeal to provide tips for recent college grads on how they can spruce up their digital presence during this time.
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