The power of Meetup groups, fun, and finding motivation in what you love: Mark relights the fire to an old hobby and is happily surprised when he finds he is far from alone in it!
Colienne wonders why our economy doesn’t work like the rest of nature: in sustainable, regenerative loops, like the leaves that fall and fertilize the trees.
Cohort member Daniela presents a series of quotes she collected from the female entrepreneurs that she turns to for inspiration as she build her business.
Gabby kicks off Cohort 8’s Student Blog series from her vantage point as a participant in Groundswell’s Build program. She remembers to follows her own advice of putting time for reflection and restoration ahead of your other tasks to be a better friend, colleague, and be more effective at everything else you do.
In the world of entrepreneurship, we hear about having to hustle, compete, and focus on achieving that ever important goal. But are these gendered expectations? Within the continuum of gender, Cori recognizes nuances between "feminine" and "masculine" energies. She finds her path and power by embracing her feminine energy, rather than homogenizing differences for the sake of "equality".
Real life rock star and Build cohort member Cass King finds the often intimidating job of budget building an exercise for empowerment instead. Try her mentality on for size; it's a great fit for new solopreneurs and self employed folk:
Budgets give us handrails for our decisions. They take away the stories (“I can’t”, “I’m hopeless with money”, “I’ve never done anything like this”, “I can’t afford this”, “I CAN afford this”) and replace them with a simple question: “OK, but how?”
"For us Groundswellians who are just at the eve of creation, it's definitely good to know things might get hard so we don't panic when the going does get rough. But it also might serve us a little better to focus on the joy and excitement we get from these crazy times. From looking at the infinite possibilities ahead of us. From juggling with a thousand things at once. From finding our flow, from making connections, from receiving messages from the universe."
Turning return on investment (ROI) on it's head, cohort member Dave Ives leads with a mission to find a kind of shared fulfilment that money can't buy...without losing sight of financial viability.
Silvia confronts a paradox that's universal to those starting to explore self-employment: should you stick with stability or (ad)venture into entrepreneurship? and offers some tools for reflection to help you at the crossroads. An especially fitting piece for those of us at the mid-life point!