Is the Medium Still The Right Message?

Hello My Fellow Blog Lovers & Supporters,

It is Officially Spring!  So excited to see things starting to bloom, bees a buzzing and everything in a state of rejuvenation and rebirth!  I do love this time of the year and all the new found beauty it holds.  It is like we are all waking up from our months long slumber – LOVE!

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As you all know I work in social media, recently I met with a fellow social media manager and fellow blogger who used to be a journalist and, we got to talking as we generally do, and the topic of the proliferation of FAKE NEWS going around like wildfire since the onslaught of the pandemic rise in social media use, definitely came up.  The infamous quote from Marshall McLuhan came flooding back to me during this conversation – “The medium is the message”.  This phrase not only brought me back to my Communications Degree days at Brock University many moons ago, it also made me realize that this still is a very relevant phrase today even though it was coined back in the 1970’s when McLuhan was trying to emphasize that the way we say something is more important than the words we actually use to say it.  Very interesting and profound revelation for his time.

Fast forward to today, with the onslaught of the internet and more importantly the use of social media and this profound notion has evolved even further – The medium itself has become the message.

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No longer do we consume traditional sources of information like newspapers, TV or radio; no, we instead go to the internet, namely social media to get our news.  Recognizing how their readers and viewers are consuming information, media outlets themselves have turned to social media to gather and present their own news stories.  Those of us who are too busy to read an entire newspaper, I mean let’s face it, most of us are, instead turn to Twitter or Facebook to scan the posts and possible links from major media outlets to get our fill of the days happenings either locally and or globally.

Why?

Because we are already there on social media.

In fact, when major news is breaking in the world it is usually Twitter that will break it first.  This was the most evident during the most recent Syrian uprisings where citizen journalists were tweeting and posting videos of the rioting and mayhem, giving their last will and testaments to anyone who would hear them even though the country had put a ban on all media coming in and or going out.

So what does all of this mean?

This means that the need to be immediate far outweighs the need to be accurate when presenting the hard news – ie, the unfortunate spreading of FAKE NEWS.  We don’t want to wait until a lead or a story is substantiated to break with the next edition of our favorite newspaper, or you know substantiate the accounts and statements of some world leaders who shall remain nameless – (Hint rhymes with RUMP! :P) No, instead we want it now and if you can’t give it to us, we will find the source that will and if you are not it we will leave you behind.  This leaves no wiggle room for verifying a source or a story before going to print or on air.  As a result, many and I mean MANY false ‘new-stories’ break on social media and get spread like wildfire, causing damage before the truth finally comes out.

This means the ability to connect via the internet has unfortunately replaced many individuals want or need for face to face interaction.  This means the avenues in which companies and individuals market themselves is determined by how their target audiences consume information.  This means the medium itself has become the message.

Social media is an amazing tool and should be used as just that, a tool to communicate and interact with individuals and or target audiences.  Yes, I preach this as a social manager daily – the importance of building those relationships online, but what is just as important is to then take these relationships offline into the real world where true connection occurs.

We as consumers must also shoulder some of the responsibility of this epidemic and do our own due diligence to understand that the information that is being presented and consumed by us for us has been and will be forever altered.  That is why HOW we choose to digest and consume information must change along with it. We need to do our own research when a story that we may not understand all of the facets of breaks, so that we know we are getting all sides of the story and not just a sensationalized version to sell papers.  Us doing our part as consumers and the producers of news nowadays (hello, did someone say smartphones and citizen reporters) will continuously evolve as technology and the means in which we communicate through it continues to evolve.

Where will this end up?  I don’t have those answers, but what I do know, is that I need to update my Facebook status to contemplative while I ponder the possibilities.

Thank you all once again for coming along on this blogging journey with me.  Your support and taking the time out of your busy day to read my weekly ramblings does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  But, before I go, I would like to ask you, how do you consume your news? Through social media or from the media outlets  themselves?

I can’t wait to hear your answers!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light Always

Dina xxoo

From The Darkness Comes The Light

HELLO MY FELLOW BLOG LOVERS!!!!

I’m Back!!!  Did you miss me?  I know I sure as hell missed all of you!  Things have finally settled down around here and I am back in the writers seat so to speak and ready to share with all of you.  Something occurred to me being away dealing with life these past few weeks; in order to understand your light in life you must first come into and experience the darkness.

Let me explain…

As I had mentioned and with respect of those involved, our family unexpectedly had to deal with some pretty serious family stuff these last two weeks.  We have come out on the other side of things but still have a bit of journey to go through before we are completely on the other side of it.

That being said I was very vividly reminded that we only have one life to live, so why do we constantly say “oh I will get to that someday” or “I have plenty of time”  truth is we don’t.

So what are we waiting for as ‘someday’ is not a day?!

Fear is one hell of a bitch of an emotion who really is the primary instigator or reason many if not all of us don’t go beyond our comfort zones and just grab our dreams and life desires by the short and curlies and go after them with everything we have.  Hell with everything we muster to NOT go after them would get us above and beyond.

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What is it about going beyond what we and society have conditioned us to believe is all that we are entitled to that scares us so much?

Why is failure deemed such a ‘bad’ thing?

Hell some of my biggest failures have been some of the best life lessons I have ever had so how can that be a bad thing right?!

But, we are so conditioned to care about or place our own value into the hands of ‘them’ or society.  How many of you grew up with this phrase time and time again, ‘but what will they think?’  Either from your peers, family or friends.

Who the fuck is they and why the hell do we care about what ‘they’ think??

The only person that it should matter to is YOU!  No one else gets the power to determine what and who you should be.  Never give that up to anyone!  (Man I guess I am feeling a bit feisty tonight :P)

I have been living safe for far too long and that is why I am gonna make 2017 my bitch! (yup still feisty :P)

I am going to put this out there so I am accountable to all of you, I Dina Arsenault am putting world travel into my life and business plan for 2017.  Traveling the world and immersing myself in foreign lands, customs and drinking in the culture has been a dream of mine since I can not remember how far back.  But, I always said ‘one day I will’ or ‘now is not a good time’, and the famous ‘I can’t afford it’.  Since I have my own business now, I do have the power to make this happen for me.  Just by setting myself up as an entrepreneur I have set the wheels in motion for this to happen whether or not I consciously or subconsciously knew it.

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Eeeeek I can’t believe I just said that out loud!  I will take my business with me on other continents and take in all that these exotic locales have to offer me both physically, emotionally and spiritually.  There I said it, no taking it back now!

My time is now, and I have begun the planning and now it is time to implement.  I don’t want to be safe any more I want to shake me out of this comfort zone and really choose to LIVE!  This is a huge step and I am scared shitless, but as I was reminded these past few weeks, life is short and the time to live is NOW!

So who is with me?  I could always use a travel buddy, just saying! 🙂

Thank you once again for all of you taking the time out of your busy schedules to read my weekly ramblings that never goes unnoticed or unappreciated.  But before I go, let me ask you this, what actions will you take to get you one step closer to going after your dreams today?  I can not wait to hear your answers!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo

 

 

Dream On…

Hello fellow blog lovers and followers,

Another week has come and gone and here we are already in the second week of September!  Is it just me or is time just seem to be speeding up not slowing down as we get older?  Sorry, showing my age again, I promise I won’t start complaining about my aches and pains and having to get up to go pee multiple times in the night, welllll not in this blog anyways, I make no promises 😛

OK onward and upwards to today’s blog post, this week, something stuck me or I had an Aha moment ala Oprah and it came to me, dreams change, at least mine have.

Let me explain…

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As some of you may know or I have said it here in passing, my first love has always been film making.  The glamour and mystique of the big screen struck me at a very young age when I was watching The Wizard of Oz one day.  If you haven’t seen it, GO SEE IT, rent it, (yes we used to rent movies), download it or Netflix it, it still holds up today with elements of whimsy and make believe.  I knew that at a young age I wanted to be a part of ‘that’, in what ever capacity I could.  Fast forward, getting my Honours Communications Degree from Brock University, my Broadcasting Diploma in Radio, TV and Film from Niagara College and living out in Vancouver for many years, trying to live the film making dream but STILL having to say, “Do you want fries with that?” in order to survive.  I realized that my dream may need to be reevaluated or at least adjusted.

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Like it or not, the Canadian film and television industry is a tough nut to crack even for the seasoned pros.  Canadian film making phenom Anne Wheeler, once told me during an interview I had with her for my final thesis project about Canadian woman filmmakers;

After I finish every film project, I have to start back at square one hustling for funding for the next one”  

We are a public funded based industry unlike the US who is primarily based on a studio system.  There are pros and cons to both and I won’t get into them here, but when you are ALL fighting for the same money, the unknown Indy filmmaker generally gets lost in the shuffle.  So, when I finally came to the conclusion that I was always going to have to have a day job, I figured why not find one that I can utilize my experiences and knowledge I had already acquired from the Film & TV industry, and voila here I am working in Public Relations and social media management!

So where am I going with all this you ask?  Well, recently I sat back and realized that I hadn’t had the craving and need to write a film script in quite some time. No really I used to thirst for it!  And it got me thinking, was my passion gone?  Was I never really supposed to be filmmaker?  Was it all a lie?  And this is where Oprah, gave me a car…. Kidding 😛

No this is where I had my Aha moment; I am not craving it because what I loved the most about film making and script writing I am actually already getting from my PR work, telling the human story.

Every day when I am managing the social media platforms for my clients, I am telling their own unique story, all the while building communities and relationships around them and their brand online. I mean how freaking cool is that!  I have a hand it not only telling but creating multiple human stories every day.  Essentially, my dream evolved as I and my life did.

For the longest time, I equated my identity as film maker.  My quirky creative tendencies, my eclectic taste in music, art and avant garde traditions.  I felt like the Jackson Pollock of the 1990’s if there really ever was such a  thing. But, what I have come to realize all these years later, is that I can still wear the doc martins (and I do), have the funky glasses (yup got those) and wear the wild coloured hair (about to make a comeback) and still be ME, but a more mature and evolved Me. Today, my identity is Digital Media Strategist and that is still pretty fucking cool too! I know I am not the same person I was 20 years ago, hell I am not the same person I was last week. But, my core values and desires have never wavered and they never will.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I still wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to collaborate and create films if given the opportunity, in fact acknowledging this revelation has reignited my desire to do just that.  Just now, I can do it for the sheer love of it and not because I need to pay the rent, that, I already have covered. 🙂

If any of you are interested, here is a film short called Redemption that I wrote, directed and produced and was shown in the Reel Women International Film Fest in LA in 2007.

Warning: there may be some abuse triggers for some in it.  Please click the link and tell me what you think!

Again, thank you for coming along on these blog rides with me every week, I hope that my writing has given you a pause for thought or made you think or feel in some way.  I am always so grateful for your support in taking the time to read my ramblings every week, it does not go unnoticed I assure you.  But, before I go, let me know have any of your dreams evolved or changed?  Have new ones replaced them?  I would love to hear!

Until next time,

Love & Light I send to each and every one of you always,

Dina xxoo

YOU and Your WORK – What is it Worth?

Hello Blog Lovers!

Another week has come and gone again and we are less than a week away from Labour Day long weekend. Phew, where has the summer gone!

Last week, I talked about what I was able to learn about life from canning with my Mom over the years and this week I will touch on the same topic, well sort of.

Let me explain…

Last week while working in my office I stumbled upon a discussion amongst other women entrepreneurs in a closed Facebook group I am a part of called GWEn–Growing Women Entrepreneurs.  The discussion started when a member inquired about the large price gap evident in this region for social media managers and their services.  It would appear that the scale can range from $200 – $2000.  Obviously this depends on the size of the agency and or if it is just one individual (solopreneur) offering up their expertise and services. That isn’t the interesting part, as I have had this discussion many times over the years with colleagues and fellow entrepreneurs.  No, what was interesting was the concept of pricing based on your value versus based on what potential clients are willing to pay.

female-entrepreneurThis concept and debate really does resonate with me.  It is something that I have struggled with over the years and I know that I am not alone.  We as women entrepreneurs are still being well under paid in comparison to our male counter parts for the exact same work done. Is this due to the given market or is it because we as women entrepreneurs are under valuing who we are and what we offer professionally or can it be a combination of the two?

Since relocating  back into the Niagara region from Vancouver over 3 years ago, learning to adjust can be classified as an understatement!  Life and business here in Niagara I have discovered is really about who knows you.  People generally will only do business with someone they feel they know and are apart of the community they operate in.  Moving from the West Coast and setting up shop here as an independent freelancer with a Cue Creative Consulting has definitely seen its ups and downs.

When networking or talking with local area residents, the usual response when I say I work with a Cue is generally ‘who’?  So having what seems is an uphill battle, the idea of price is generally the first place we think we need to adjust our business.  “If I just lower my price, more people will want to hire me, right?” Is generally the first place our minds go.

But, how is this helping us, our value or the value of the work we offer?

Our work and who we are has value.  And, it is about time we and the market start recognizing that!  If we don’t value ourselves how can we expect others to do the same?

largeThey say we attract the energy we put out into this world.  Let’s start using positive ‘valuable’ energy out into the universe when we all collectively think of who we are and what we offer our respectable industries without compromise or fear.  Once we stick to that, the ideal clients will come and will be attracted to the energy we put out.  If they aren’t the ideal clients, then we simply must say ‘thank you, but please move on’ so you can leave space for the ideal client to come into your life.

Acknowledging the value in ourselves adds value to our respectable industries which in the end is nothing but a win, win all around!

Following this philosophy has allowed me to slowly but steadily grow my business.  I have enjoyed and worked hard seeing my baby grow and I am so excited to see her grow even more into the booming business I know she can be.

Thank you once again for coming along on this blogging journey with me.  But, before I go, let me ask you, do you think we as women entrepreneurs base our service fees on our intrinsic value or on what we think people are willing to pay in this current regional market?

Please join this important conversation as I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

Until next time,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo

Doing The Hokey Pokey With My Comfort Zone

Hello All,

Another week has come and gone, but magically we did get some much needed rain here in the Niagara region, as we were in desperate need..so YAAAAAAAA!

This week, I am gonna get back to my roots of this blog and dive a little deeper into who I am and where I have come from.  Yes I am a Niagara region replant we have already discussed that, but for those that have never met me, I feel that I need to make a confession. Over the years, as far back as I can remember I have dealt with what I now can call a form of social anxiety; a feeling of panic and heightened anxiety when put in situations of stress or experiences or events outside of my ‘comfort zone’.  This anxiety became so severe, that in my younger teen years I battled with severe shyness and mild to moderate depression.

Don’t worry the irony has not been lost on me as my professional career now is in Public Relations, an occupation directly out front and center in the world and sometimes directly in the spotlight, I know, I know, I get it, don’t worry. 🙂  You see, at a young age, after a traumatic experience as as teenager I decided that enough was enough and I was not going to live my life like that anymore and I consciously made a choice to change, and I have.

Let me explain…

As I had mentioned, as a young kid I was very shy, this shyness grew as I headed into my teenage years.  This introversion as you can guess made me a prime target for bullies and for retreating into the safety of my dark bedroom listening to music by myself and stewing in my own self hatred and loathing.  This self hatred and loathing hit a pinnacle when I was 15 years old.  As you can probably guess, my depression became so severe that I seriously started to think about ending it all, if I was not around anymore, no one would miss me and I wouldn’t hurt anymore is what I thought.  I know now that was not true but when you are in the spiral of depression, being bullied and feeling like you are worthless, it seems like this is your only way out.  Standing in the kitchen with a handful of pills in my hand, ready to end it, only one thought kept coming up in my head, “how can I allow my Mom, the woman who was always been there for me, loving and supporting me find me like this?”  THAT was the only thing that stopped me from ending it all that day.  But, one significant thing did shift in me from that experience, I knew that I didn’t want to live like that anymore, I needed to make a change, and change I did.

woman-leaping3I started forcing myself out of my shell, joining clubs, the school band, student counsel, sports, you name it I joined it and slowly the blossoming occurred.   Ironically, getting a job at a local diner as a server was the biggest change maker for me, I had to deal with people of all walks of life no matter what.  I learned to define and create my own voice and it was empowering.

However, there is still one such gremlin from this dark time that still rears its ugly head even to this day; a out and out fear of public speaking.  I know this fear is quite common for many, but this gremlin is one last hurdle I aim to jump over and get past forever.  I can manage small gatherings and making presentations, I know my triggers and I have developed coping mechanisms to get me through, but large gatherings still trigger those sweaty palms, dry throat, anxiety riddled emotions that I know all too debilitatingly well.

So why do I bring this up you ask?

Comfort-zone-smallWell, I guess this is my official coming out announcement to all of you, I have been given the honour to be asked to be the official Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming SaMM2016  – The Sales and Marketing Marriage Conference being presented here in Niagara on September 28 by Prowl Communications.  This is my ‘coming out of my comfort zone’ party so to speak.  One of my last hurdles of yesteryear that I no longer want to inhibit me from achieving all that I know I am capable of.  I go on and on about getting outside of your comfort zone and really learning to live all the time on my own biz social media platforms, now it is my turn to finally put my money where my mouth is so to speak.  I will not lie I thought long and hard about this as my old insecurities came to the surface when Debi Katsmar of Prowl Communications asked me.  I asked my colleagues and friends if I should do it, and ultimately they all said the same thing, listen to your gut as it never lies to you.  My gut, the little voice inside of all of us calmly and softly spoke amongst all the noise of self doubt brewing in my head and whispered, “It’s time to blossom again”

So here I go, not only putting my left foot out of my comfort zone, but I am going to jump head first out of my cocoon and experience what it means to truly ‘live’ outside of the safety of what I know and into the excitement of what will be.  Am I scared? YUP!  But you know what, I’m gonna do it anyways 🙂

Thank you once again for coming along on this blogging journey with me.  Your support and feedback does not go unnoticed.  If any of you are interested in attending the SaMM Conference, then I encourage you to click the hyperlink for SaMM here to get more information.

Also, I would love to know, what have you done lately to get outside of YOUR own comfort zones?  I would love to hear!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light I send to you always,

Dina xxoo

Everything We Do Is Marketing

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all had a great week, mine was filled with a weekend packed full of Canal Days and hanging with family & friends while filling in the gaps with the much needed work I needed to do for me and my clients.

This week’s blog post will be a bit “marketing-esque’ hence the title. This may happen sometimes, as I do work in social media and marketing so ideas for topics may fall within that scope from time to time.  So here we go…

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As I was driving around my little town this past weekend, I noticed a couple things that stuck me; two completely different businesses with similar marketing deficiencies; the exterior of their businesses did not match what they say they can do as a business.

Let me explain, one business was a landscaping company and the other a driveway paving company, both did not live up to the title of what they do.  The landscaping company’s front yard was overgrown, plants were dead and the sign was being covered by overgrown weeds while the driveway paving company had a gravel driveway riddled with potholes.

Now I ask you, after seeing what I described to you concerning each business would you hire either one of them?

I get it, it is probably the age old scenario of the ‘cobbler with no shoes’, but as as business owner you must be aware that EVERYTHING we do is marketing!  How we present ourselves to the world both physically and online is the gateway to how we are perceived as an expert in our chosen field of business.  Whether either one of these businesses are exceptional at what they do and how they treat their customers is irrelevant, if we are first given the impression of ‘less than’ to start with.

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The same can be said for social media managers, would you hire someone to manage your presence online when they themselves either don’t have a business social media pages or they haven’t made a post to any of their platforms in 3 months?  You may still meet with them, but your trust and belief in what they can offer will be diminished from the get go.

So to avoid any of this, simply have the ‘cover match the book’ so to speak when you present yourself to prospective clients.  Put yourself in the mind of your ‘ideal client’ and ask yourself ” what would I expect and want to see when I pulled up to the storefront and when I met with the owner, right down to doing business with them?”

Once you get your answer, make sure that you do everything in  your power to ensure that these expectations are met.  It is not just about getting a client, it is about getting the ‘ideal client’ the one you would want to do business with and build an ongoing relationship.

Once you have created this, be sure that your online presence is alignment with what you have created offline.  There is nothing worse than following a business online, really connecting to what they have to say on their social media platforms and the values they had been presenting to you,  you decide to take the plunge and take it offline, call or go to the business storefront only to be greeted with a totally different persona and image that you had created a relationship with online.  That is a huge disappointment, and you not only will have lost a customer but now this person will tell their friends about their inconsistent experience and they will tell their friends and well you know the story.

Consistency in business marketing is crucial for not only maintaining but growing your business both on and offline.  So the next time you make a post online or put up a new sign on your storefront ask yourself, does this give ‘value’ to my ideal client and will my efforts be congruent with who we are and where we want to go as a business?

If your answer is no, then you really need to rethink what you are doing and come up with a better plan of action that not only benefits your business, but will attract and maintain your ‘ideal client’ for years to come.

Thank you all once again for coming along and reading my weekly ramblings!

Let me ask you, have you ever gone into a local business and were completely disappointed with what you were greeted with or encountered either online or offline?

I would love for you to join the conversation!

Until we meet again,

Love & Light Always I send to all of you!

Dina xxoo

What are YOU Worth?

 

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When you think about who you are and what you contribute to your family, to your friends, coworkers, to society and more importantly to yourself, what are you worth?

This question came up again for me after I recently attended an evening of female empowerment put on by Jenn Wallace the creator and CEO of The GWEn (Growing Women Entrepreneurs) Conference. The evening started at a lovely little cafe’/wine bar in Jordan, surrounded by lovely women and fellow Niagara Region Women Entrepreneur’s all laughing, eating, talking and drinking in the positive and empowering atmosphere we were all creating together.  After a little time, we were asked to take our seats and prepare for the evening’s featured speaker, Agnes Apps of ReHolistically Speaking.  She was very captivating as she explained her life struggle with always having to be the ‘responsible’ one, taking on the emotions and the ‘baggage’ of everyone who directly impacted in her life, family, friends, coworkers.  Sound familiar with any of you?

She then went on to explain that we as women especially empathetic women take on the most energy that is put out around us which leads us down our road of stress, anxiety and feelings of not being good enough or worthy. When we work to clear our minds of others projected energy, be in the present, we are then able to physically balance our bodies and empower our very  souls.

Now this very notion struck a chord with me.  As some of you may know I have been on my own journey of personal work for some time now after leaving an abusive 7 1/2 year relationship and having to battle back from my own personal rock bottom.  Having that little voice always in the back of my head telling me how I am never good enough or pretty enough or smart enough some days feels like an all day battle.  I had noticed that these insecurities had started to leak into my business as well.

Was I pricing my services too high?  Should I lower them just so I can get clients?  Can I really start my own business? All questions entrepreneurs especially women entrepreneurs face most days.  But then another voice, that was quiet, almost in a whisper, reverberated through all the other ‘noise’, and she said,  Yes you can…

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Knowing your value is so paramount when you are starting your own business.  It is a scary and sometimes lonely endeavor.  When the calls are not coming in, you begin to doubt what you are doing is right or even if you are capable of achieving it.  One thing I have come to realize and was reaffirmed after Agnes spoke, was that we truly do attract the energy we put out into this world.  So if we are projecting negative energy, then negative energy is what we will receive with no business coming in.  Knowing and recognizing that your time, expertise and knowledge are worth the price you are asking, and projecting that into the universe, WILL bring the RIGHT clients your way; those clients that recognize the services and the expertise you are offering them is WORTH what you are asking .  It is the reciprocal relationship we all crave as business owners.  And if you find that a prospective client is not recognizing this, simply say NEXT and send them on their way so the right one can come along.  I have also come to realize that our own internal energy of self worth MUST be present in order for us to align it with what energy we are projecting out into the world.  If I don’t believe I’m worth it, then who will?

Yes I have done the personal work on this, that I will take ownership of, BUT, I must acknowledge the women who have come along on this journey with me, departing their own wisdom and friendship.  So here I acknowledge Kaare Long for taking me under her wing as my business and social media mentor who not only taught me everything she knows about PR but what you had discovered about life and sisterhood.  My mom Janna Arsenault – Haines, for always being my rock, a soft place to land when I needed and for never letting me go through life half assed.  Jenn Wallace, for welcoming me when I landed back here in Niagara and for being a true supporter of me and all women entrepreneurs, while truly holding up a mirror to myself and showing me I am worthy.  Debi Kasmar, for truly welcoming me into her tribe and always making me feel welcome and a part of her community.  Dana Smithers for showing me through the Law of Attraction for Business that being a successful entrepreneur really does lie within ourselves and what we chose to project out into the world.  Lastly, I would like to acknowledge my growing network and tribe of women I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with over these past few months.  You all have graciously welcomed me into our growing community of like minded women and it is because of all of you I now feel empowered enough to say, I recognize and acknowledge my worth and will never allow internal or external negativity devalue it again.

So as you can see, being a solopreneur does not mean you have to go it alone.  I have said it before and I will say it again, find your tribe and you will be AMAZED at what you can accomplish when you have the support and inspiration of others just like you.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my weekly ramblings, that never goes unnoticed.  I welcome your feedback and I want to leave you with this question:

What are YOU worth?

I would love to hear your answers in the comments below.

Love and Light Always,

Until next week,

Dina xxoo