Spring is known as a time of growth and renewal, with rebirth happening in both gardens and barns. It arrives with an air of ‘possibility’ and a feeling of ‘revival’ that is apparent in both the natural world, and for the yoUnlimited community, the business world.
On May 3rd, more than 50 women had a spring in their step, as they made their way into the Ambrosia Centre in downtown Victoria for another yoUnlimited Women in Business networking luncheon – two hours of lunchtime fulfillment, celebrating Mind, Body, Spirit and Community.
Grateful for the chance to connect and enjoy a delicious meal, the luncheon began with an opportunity for guests to express gratitude, share their week’s highlight or a recent learning opportunity, with a game that Linda Hunter of Living With Grace has been playing for years with those who grace her table.
Presentations began with the birth of Melinda’s Biscotti, an inspirational speak by owner, Melinda Cownden on a quiet dream that Melinda has nurtured with the support of others and her continued journey of learning; about her craft, being an entrepreneur, personal resolve, owning a small business; finding courage to continue, holding fast to memories and trusting in dreams for the future. Celebrating her current success, Melinda is already giving back to others who have a dream and supporting them as they move in the same direction as she is – forward! Watch Melinda’s story here.
Celebrating all that’s natural, Megan Johns then introduced the ugly truth about the unnatural products many of us are using in our daily routines and on our bodies. Her upbeat and simple message encouraged all in attendance to increase their personal awareness, to ask more questions, to search out healthier alternatives, along with her offering of a very personal solution, her beauty bar, The Green Kiss. Check out Megan’s ‘top ten’ list here
Thinking beautiful thoughts, our afternoon continued to bloom as Anna Harvey presented on “potential” and invited each of us to examine our personal story to see what state of growth we are in, and to ask ourselves if we are doing what it takes to bust through our limits on our way to blooming and to fully realizing our own potential. For added inspiration, check out this video clip of time lapsed blooming flowers – this will make you think Spring and ‘potential’.
The final presentation continued the theme of supporting growth with the introduction of the 1Up Single Parent Resource Centre by Kerry Walsh, who very eloquently offered up some facts around single parent families in Canada and what the Victoria centre, one of only three in the country, is doing to support the one in five single parent families in the area with half living of those living below the poverty line. Learn more about the Centre here and then help the yoUnlimited community along with the Because We Can group continue to support the Centre’s efforts with their latest donation theme – Towels.
As the luncheon wound down, and just before we headed out armed with inspiration, Carolyne Taylor, the founder of yoUnlimited announced the exciting news that Danielle LaPorte, author of The Fire Starter Sessions will be coming to Victoria to speak at a fundraiser that will support Bridges for Women, one of the many women’s organizations supported by the yoUnlimited community.
Want to get in on the inspiration… join us on June 7th – Register now.
Linda Hunter is a professional writer and event planner who is open to possibility and dedicated to service and can be found blogging at www.livingwithgrace.ca