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1) Tell us a little something about your business…
After 15 years working at the same organization in the non-profit sector, I was turned down for a promotion. 15 years of dedicated service, a strong belief in the mission, vision and values of the establishment and excellent annual performance reviews, an external candidate was chosen. Realizing I had come as far as my career could within those walls, I set out to plan a new journey. Knowing I had skills, determination and drive to succeed, I started a side hustle to test the waters of entrepreneurship. That was almost three years ago. Six months later, I launched full-time into my business and within four months, reached the threshold to begin charging HST! The business name is a spin on the term, “executive functioning,” which is simply the cognitive process that encompasses an individual’s ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently and make decisions.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
“You are not ready to be an Executive Assistant,” were the shaming words from the HR Director after my interview for the role. Those hurtful words still rattle around in my mind and serve to fuel my success today. Whenever I have doubts about a new direction or am strategizing my quarterly planning, those words serve to prove to me that I am good enough. That I am ready. That I am successful. That I offer great value.

3) Three words of advice…
Open Your Eyes. See what is possible and reach for the limitless sky! Consider what you love to do and what value that could bring to others. What problem can you solve for others that they would gladly pay for? Believe in the potential of your staff and most of all in yourself. “Being your own boss is not a full-time job or a part-time job, it’s a way of life.” Caroline Davidson

 

Open Your Eyes

                                                 
Caroline Davidson is a grateful entrepreneur and soon to be author. Her book will help 
others see their potential as she shares her story on why she moved from intrapreneur to entrepreneur and how you can too! Caroline has been nominated the Canadian 
Administrative Professional of the year for 2019. 
Visit Caroline at www.thefunctioningexecutive.com

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
With over a decade of experience in the digital content space, I was looking for a new opportunity to build my own brand after consulting for others for a few years. At that time there was a trend stirring in the US of non-traditional news sources providing readers with a more casual, conversational take on world issues. As someone who had a disdain for news, and with my experience, I decided to seize the opportunity. And that’s how The Bullet was born!

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
I branched out with my own entrepreneurial venture in 2004 with the launch of my first digital business, Sweetspot.ca. It was a perfect storm of (again) seeing a US model (Daily Candy) and realizing there was a gap in the Canadian market, along with feeling like I wasn’t feeling challenged or rewarded in my career, which was in advertising.

3) Three words of advice…
Perseverance – Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart (or mind). You will get knocked down, demoralized, depressed and doubt yourself, but you have to take the punches and keep going.
Organization – I’ve never seen a successful entrepreneur who was
disorganized. Keep your affairs in order (bookkeeping, emails, processes, etc) and you’ll have that much greater of a chance of success (and less aggravation).
Humour – don’t take yourself so seriously! As the Indigo Girls say, “it’s only life, after all.”

 

Perseverance…Organization…Humour

                                               
Joanna Track is the founder & executive publisher of The Bullet, where Canadians go to get a daily shot of news with a dose of humour (www.thebullet.ca). She is also the founder of some of Canada’s most well-known digital destinations, including Sweetspot.ca and Eluxe. She is a frequent guest speaker, media personality and has been an instructor at York University teaching Digital Marketing.

 

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
I am often asked why I started Company of Women. It wasn’t that altruistic nor did I have a great vision, I started the organization 16 years ago because I wanted to meet like-minded women and make some friends. I had a consulting practice but found it lonely working at home and felt sure other women business owners felt the same way. They did. At my first event 165 women were in the audience.

Fast forward to today and we have six chapters across southern Ontario, 350 members and host around 170 events a year, including an annual conference. I love what I do. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing a woman blossom and grow.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
There have been several over the years, but when we were interviewing a friend for the Good Enough book, she shared how Gloria Steinem believes as adults we can 
re-create our childhood by introducing what was missing back then. She then asked me what was missing from my childhood? As an only child I replied without hesitation, 
sisters. I then realized that through Company of Women I have been creating my own sisterhood, my own family.

3) Three words of advice…
For most of my life I thought that doing things I found difficult were good for my growth and development. That is certainly true to a degree. However, now that I am doing what comes easy, I feel such freedom. It is truly liberating!

Support one another…

                                                 

Anne Day has had an eclectic career from heading up charities to editor of a national 
magazine to working for government, but the focus has always been on women and 
children. As founder of Company of Women, her passion is seeing women realize their 
potential – be it in their career or their business. Making a difference is what drives me.
Visit Anne @ https://companyofwomen.co/

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Lisa McDonald is a serial solopreneur who wears many hats, for many people! In 
addition to being a successful author of both adult and children’s books, a sought out coach mentor, speaker, blogger for Arianna Huffington’s Site Thrive Global…Lisa is more notably known on the global stage for her top rated weekly radio/podcast show, Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald. Lisa consistently showcases notable, household named Influencers, Experts, Leaders, and Agents of Change including Daymond John from Shark Tank, Deepak Chopra, Leeza Gibbons, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Don Miguel Ruiz Jr., Jack Canfield, Jay Shetty, Dr. Wayne Dyer’s daughter, Serena Dyer, Zig Ziglar’s Don, Tom Ziglar and so many others!

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Lisa has always been fiercely committed to, and immersed in, the world of personal growth and personal development. Lisa decided to take her once-upon-a-time transferable skills of working as a Senior Manager/Director in Social Services – Crisis Management specifically, and chose to impart her message of Living Fearlessly with the collective across all four corners of the globe.  Lisa decided to make this leap of faith into the realm of Entrepreneurship in 2012, when working for herself became the best viable option for she and her children when becoming a single, stay at home Mum to her two beautiful children!

3) Three words of advice…
Lisa’s advice is the same as her mission! Lisa McDonald’s purpose is to Uplift You To Fear Less And To Live More!

Fear Less and Live More!

 

Lisa McDonald is EMPOWERING business owners, individuals, and entrepreneurs to transform their lives, achieve their goals and turn their dreams into realities by walking the talk and approaching life, love, and work with FEARLESS gratitude, enthusiasm, and hope. Visit Lisa : https://livingfearlesslywithlisa.com

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Since 1995 Accademia del Giglio is a private school in Florence, Italy, which is specifically aimed at helping international students to gain proficiency in the Italian language, as well as learn several drawing and painting techniques. My two business partners and I decided to found this academy almost 25 years ago, because we were eager to get in touch with people from all over the world and let them understand the many aspects of Italian culture.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
It took some years to realize that managing an Art school was the most appropriate business for me. I think that my lightbulb moment was when several students told me that studying at our academy had opened new perspectives in their lives, as they had realized that values such as culture and art can have an incredibly positive effect on their lifestyle as well as on their vision and perception of the world. At these words I felt a profound pleasure and that was the moment I realized we were doing the right thing.

3) Three words of advice…
Do what your passion tells you to do. If you believe in a project, carry it on. If at first you fail, do not get discouraged. Mistakes are inevitable and can be very useful because you will always learn from them, sometimes they will be your best allies for new
strategies. Last but not least: do not listen to those who are not supporting you. Just go on and concentrate calmly on your goals. 

 

Do What Your Passion Tells You To Do!

                                           
Lorenzo Capanni, is the director of the Art and Language courses at Accademia del Giglio in Italy. After graduating in French at the University of Florence, he started working as a teacher of Italian as second Language in France and then again in Florence. Since 1996 he has been arranging study abroad programs as well as Art courses and seminars for Accademia del Giglio. For over 12 years he has been one of the authors of AdGblog, a blog dedicated to the Italian language and culture. 
He cannot start (or end) a day without swimming.
Visit Lorenzo @ www.adg.it

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Fatigued, anxious, irritable, sleep deprived and forgetful…physician heal thyself!
After 14 years of post-secondary education and just as many years practising as a high volume obstetric and gynaecological surgeon, raising twin girls and juggling all the other facets of life in the 21st century, I started to crumble. Yet I was stymied by my symptoms, as my conventional training fell short in explaining all that I was struggling with. In desperation, I took my medical ‘blinders’ off and sought the help of two healthcare professionals who historically I would have had no time for – a Naturopathic doctor and a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. The uncontested diagnosis was adrenal fatigue, a stress related phenomenon. And so my personal healing journey began – mind, body and spirit.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
It became painfully evident that so many others were struggling with the very same or similar symptoms that I was experiencing, and that there was also a demonstrable gap in our Western medical approach to diagnosis and therefore treatment. It was from these personal trials and my desire to educate others that gave rise to the Institute for Hormonal Health. Since 2011, our integrative and holistic practise has successfully treated thousands of patients, marrying the principals of naturopathic and traditional Chinese medicine, bio-energetic and conventional medicine all anchored on a foundation of nutritional science. Our services have blossomed and now include both healing from the inside and outside! We have multiple divisions at the Institute for Hormonal Health including our core hormonal health program for both men and woman addressing adrenal fatigue, menopause, andropause, hypothyroidism and much more. And by patient request we have introduced additional divisions and programs including weight management, oncology, urogenital atrophy, pain management, and our natural 
aesthetics divisions!

3) Three words of advice…
It has been a beautiful journey to see the positive outcomes in so many who have struggled as I had.

Rise and Shine

                                                 
Dr. Kristy Prouse MD, FRCSC is and integrative functional medicine physician and the founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Hormonal Health, assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and Medical Advisor to In Common Labs. Dr. Prouse has 
created an educational program for practitioners and established the I-HHeLP Initiative-an international virtual integrative community of like-minded healthcare professionals.
Visit: www.hormonalhealth.ca

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

As a coach, whenever I begin to work with a new client, as part of our introduction, we discuss hobbies or passion projects.It is an excellent ice breaker which starts a new conversation around our personal commitment to both physical and mental health.

As a coach, with a holistic approach to wealth and wellbeing, I have found that everyone in business today seems to feel the “time crunch.” Not enough hours in the day and too little time for friends and family.

It seems to be a universal theme!

When we begin the conversation, it is very interesting to hear how people relax and destress. For some, it is a fitness routine; a work-out or brisk walk is an excellent way to decompress at the beginning or end of the day. It may coordinate with a passion project such as volunteering within your community and for others, it is a hobby they may have started as a teenager. Things like: cooking, knitting, model airplanes, kite making or fixing cars. Whatever fuels your energy and connects you with your core values.

Here are a few “simple” benefits when making time for your hobby:

1) Destress and relax – lowers blood pressure with an increased sense of calm
2) Encourages outside the box thinking – creativity often opens the windows to great ideas
3) Promotes smiles – whenever we take the time to concentrate on something we enjoy,
we just plain feel good
4) Inspires good sleep – when we find the time to do what we enjoy it creates an energy balance that inspires calm and restful sleep

Hobbies are as unique as the individual and we should give ourselves permission to pursue that passion.

It may sound crazy, but, I know a number of folks who actually schedule time in their calendar for their hobby. It is not only a friendly reminder but confirms their commitment to “me time.” 
It is no different than coordinating work commitments or family events – Why not schedule something in your calendar?

Here is a personal challenge: For the next three months do just that – schedule time in your calendar for your hobby. At the same time, note if there is a change in your mood, attitude or outlook.

I’ll bet at the end of that time you will notice that in the weeks that you took a little “me-time” you just simply felt better.

Giving yourself permission to be in the zone while enjoying your hobby is a great way to promote physical and mental health.

Is it time to reconnect with your hobby?

Schedule a little “me-time” in your calendar… it just may promote smiles while recharging your personal batteries!

(Trish Tonaj is a Master Coach Practitioner, Certifed Personal Trainer and Yoga Specialist. She is an Entrepreneurial Coach 
with a holistic view on wealth and wellbeing.)

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

Trish Tonaj is an author, coach and speaker, sharing stories to inspire great ideas 
while creating a culture of wealth and wellbeing. She is Managing Partner in The Mechanics of FLOW2, online resources for You and Your Growing Business and host of the Share Your Story blog series. She is the author of two books and a complimentary e-magazine, W2.
Visit Trish @ www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
Carmen Campagnaro is an established entrepreneur and visionary within the real 
estate industry. She is the founder and President in several affiliated real estate companies, as well as being a prominent TV personality on the popular show, 30 Minutes to Wealth. The show brings together field specialists to share with viewers their expertise on growing personal wealth through Real Estate based strategies. At the age of 18, Carmen acquired her first property and her newly found passion was what sparked the decision to start her own niche mortgage business, Pro Funds Mortgages. The company provides multiple Real Estate investing offerings to new and established investors and has now funded in excess of $2 billion over the past 25 years.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Carmen never had an “exact lightbulb moment,” the spirit of entrepreneurship is 
something you’re born with! She believes in creating your own vision and reaching your goals. At a very young age, she realized that no goal is too big or too small. Each new venture adds to her portfolio and commitment to create her own definition for success.

3) Three words of advice…

Integrity…Perseverance…Passion

                                                 
While growing her business, Carmen has raised two accomplished children, who have also taken after their mother with their careers in real estate.  Whether it’s her personal real estate portfolio, or her businesses, the charismatic TV personality’s passion for design, décor and real estate, brings a flair and finesse to everything she touches. Visit Carmen at: https://www.profunds.ca/30minutes.html

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
I teach people to discover and make great coffee, consider the social and environmental impacts of their coffee purchases and to slow down and embrace the process. My tagline encompasses these aspects of enjoying coffee.I have passionately pursued great coffee for three decades. Relentless describes my passion for making and drinking great coffee. My husband and I take our own coffee when we travel. When camping with my family, we’re “coffee central”. After many years in a professional role in social and academic settings, I took a break to work at a high-end café. I knew most people were settling for poor quality coffee, but that great coffee was within their reach. With this in mind, I made my first pitch to run a workshop I called, “Make a Killer Cup of Coffee at Home”. Quite naturally I break into a teaching role. The workshops I run are interactive and fun.Discovering the many social and environmental benefits of high-quality specialty coffee fascinated me to the point that I wanted to share this with others.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Although I was pursuing other endeavours, I could no longer ignore the excitement I physically felt, and others sensed, whenever I started talking about coffee. I resisted it for quite some time thinking it was not “important” enough work. I finally got over myself and started pursuing this thing that excites me. Sharing my passion for coffee has lead me to many kindred spirits. I now realize that I am doing important work.

3) Three words of advice…
For most of my life I thought that doing things I found difficult were good for my growth and development. That is certainly true to a degree. However, now that I am doing what comes easy, I feel such freedom. It is truly liberating!

Do What Comes Easy

                                                 

Debra Hoffos is an educator and barista. She helps people “rethink their daily cup” by running workshops teaching people how to make great coffee. Follow her on Instagram at #DebsCoffeeRevolution or on Facebook @Coffee Revolution.

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com

 

1) Tell us a little something about your business…
I decided to create my programs for women because as a woman, you need to acknowledge and give yourself permission to start believing in yourself.  My programs entail looking at your lifestyle and your thought processes.  Begin with focusing more of your energy on yourself by make vital “ME” time every day instead of giving all your time away to everyone else.  Go forth and make your goals happen.  Develop a positive mindset that will lead you to feeling absolutely Self-Empowered, Self-Confidence, Self-Worth and learn to Love yourself, especially when you look at your Self-Reflection in the mirror.

2) When was your lightbulb moment?
Coming from a fitness background, I felt the industry was more focused on the body rather than on the person as a whole. My light-bulb moment came three years ago when I decided to go out on a limb and listen to my gut instinct and by changing the focus of my business from fitness to Wellness. We need to remember that it doesn’t matter how fit you are or how healthy you eat, if your mindset it not positive and is filled with self-ridicule and guilt, how can you be “fit and healthy”?

3) Three words of advice…
Self-Appreciation,  Self-Acceptance, Be Unique

Appreciation…Acceptance…Unique

 

Tanya Otterstein-Liehs is a Coach, Motivational Speaker, Online Coach, Co-Author, and creator of the Self-Empowering Academy.  She works with busy women, to support, 
motivate, inspire, and unlock & unleash the crucial tools inside of them to become 
Empowered, Self-Confident, and Self-Loving.
Visit Tanya at http://bodybusiness.ca

 

“May your legacy create a footprint of success
for the next person who steps into your shoes”

www.phaze2wellness.com