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The past year I have been working on figuring out how to best tell my story. The issue was, so much of my story was still in process which meant I couldn't really start telling it properly. I was still in recovery. My heart was still broken about leaving New York and Dream, Girl. That chapter had not yet been completed.
Looking back, it's no wonder it's taken me a year to get to this exact moment. I needed to heal, to reconcile, to work on who I want to become.
I tried to get this newsletter out last week, but I couldn't. Pushing send was contingent on creating a 2 minute and 59 second summary of my life these past three years. It's taken me about 10 days to film and edit this thing, and I am so proud to share it with you today.
Now, before you scroll down to the link, I want to fill you in on how this came about, and one of my key focus areas for the year.
Audience growth is a huge part of my business plan this year. I know for the goals I have in mind long-term, growing the base of people who I can learn from, and who I can create for will be critical to launching my dream projects of the future.
But for me to build an audience that love and support me and who I am inspired to create content for daily, I've had to put in the time to better define the content I make, and to get a handle on my own messaging and story. That's where @mindythelion stepped in for me. Her team and partners focus on enabling organic audience growth specifically on Instagram. We've been working for almost two months on dialling in my content strategy, and helping me better understand who I want to be in the world.
What I've discovered is that I am here to remind you of your own potential. Through my stories, adventures, investments, bites of inspiration, and weekly curated content I want to share with each of you those things that set my soul ablaze -- the things that have helped me become who I am today, and the things that inspire me to become even better.
I'm an investor who's figuring it out. I'm a cancer survivor and health advocate who's taking things day-by-day. I'm a motivational speaker who wants you to jump out of your seat because of the fire I help you discover inside of your self.
I'm here as a mirror for who you've always dreamed to become. Let's get there together.
P.S: I'd like to send a massive thank-you to Kylie, Renira, Maddie, Zahra, Julie, Mitch, and everyone else who helped me iterate this over the last few weeks, and the countless others who have supported me endlessly they last three years. Life is long, and we require so much love and support to get us through our hard times, and to help sustain until the light comes back in. Thank you all so much!
this week's video
Beating cancer, leaving my start-up, and rediscovering my life. This was the last three years of my life.
We've received some interest from a possible publishing partner for our Self Care series, stay tuned for more here.
In the meantime, let's take a look back at one of our favourite instalments of Your Moment of Ambition: this one's all about social enterprise, and how women are leading the charge on entrepreneurship that makes money AND does good for the world.
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My dear friend Valarie Kaur's incredible TED Talk.
"Love is sweet labour. Fierce. Bloody. Imperfect. Life-giving. A choice we make over and over again."
We hosted a small watch party for Valarie Kaur's TED Talk release (watch it above!) and it was fantastic. Ten lovely people (who likely didn't know exactly what they were in for) gathered at our office around the projector and we watched in awe as Valarie called us to give revolutionary love. Afterwards, we discussed our own experiences with revolutionary love. We talked about the theory and practice of loving ourselves, our opponents and strangers. It was an emotional evening, and we're so grateful for our attendees who held space for deeply transformative conversation.
It's the first of what we're calling the Salon Series, a series of intimate events where we'll gather to watch impactful media and have constructive, meaningful, intimate conversations. Stay tuned for more info!
- About Morocco's female Quran experts working to fight extremism.
- Why the Obamas' presidential portraits are such an important moment in American history.
- The #MeToo movement has made it to Canadian politics, but this writer is asking why it didn't happen sooner.
- Esquire and Marie Claire's interviews with 21 smart people about the future of the #MeToo movement.
- Anna Holmes's powerful take on her biracial identity and being black with (some) white privilege.
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